When the new commishes took over three years ago, they decided it was in the county’s best interest to payoff Dynamis about $2,000,000 to go away after it became apparent the outfit was not able to live up to its claims to produce energy from trash. The county ended up with a set of plans for some sort of burner that was never built.
Today they announced yet another “money saving” move. Ada agreed to pay off Fortistar, the outfit that captures methane gas from rotten garbage to make electricity. This settlement is for $2,200,000 plus another $451,000 in attorney fees. Fortistar had cut a deal with the county and Idaho Power to generate electricity. Fortistar claimed that diverting trash (fuel) to Dynamis would reduce the gas produced. But since Dynamis is gone, we are at a loss to figure what injury they can claim.
So far Ada taxpayers have been tapped for $4.651 million in energy-related settlements at the county dump and most of it goes for “rights, attorney fees, and settlements.” There is some cash royalty from electricity generated using the methane gas that is captured at the site. It appears the commishes were victims of previous bad decisions, but we cannot readily tell you what they purchased on our behalf. There is a good chance that Ada County will be in the gas/electricity sales business in the future.
This link provides a good background PRIMER.
Here is the Ada County press release spin:
Ada County has settled a lawsuit involving the Ada County Landfill and through this process has secured the rights to future energy.
In 2010, Ada County entered into a contract agreement with Dynamis Energy for designs for a trash-to-energy facility. The Ada County Board of Commissioners and Dynamis Energy terminated those plans as a result of a variety of factors concerning the project. Fortistar, who currently converts gas into energy at the Ada County Landfill, filed a suit against the county in late 2013 pertaining to the Dynamis Energy contract.
Through mediation, Ada County was able to come to an agreement with Fortistar and at the same time, buy out all future energy rights at the Ada County Landfill. The current system creates enough electricity to power about 2,400 homes. With this settlement, Ada County has created an asset for its citizens by securing the rights to use all future excess gas created at the landfill.
“The Ada County Board of Commissioners chose to end this lawsuit because it’s what’s best for our citizens,” said Chairman Jim Tibbs. “We continue to focus on the future of the county and work towards being even more environmentally responsible to sustain our quality of life in Ada County.”
The DAILY PAPER‘s Cynthia Sewell offered up more details in today’s story. Bottom line seems to be the county paid $2.65 million for the right to burn off excess gas into the atmosphere!
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