Have you heard the good news? Our new waste to energy project will soon enable us to produce enough electricity to power between 3,000 and 4,000 homes in Oklahoma.
The project relies on methane-rich landfill gas made by decomposing garbage at our AEL landfill. Landfill gas is about 50 percent methane, the primary component of natural gas. With an investment of 4 million dollars, we’re installing a new system that uses the gas to generate electrical power. AEL will sell the power to the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority, which supplies power to Pawhuska and 38 other small Oklahoma communities.
Up to this point, we’ve been flaring off the methane, which is the usual method of dealing with the potent gas. Although flaring keeps it from entering the atmosphere, where it becomes a greenhouse gas, it also wastes a potential rich energy source from being harnessed.
Our system will not only generate electricity, but offset fossil fuel consumption and reduce greenhouse gas to create huge benefits for community.