As a company with energy industry marketing ties, hearing about the alternative energy project that was announced practically in our backyard last Friday (October 30, 2009) is exciting. The fact that two current clients (ProEnergy Services and State Fair Community College) are among the partners in this project makes it that much more intriguing.
Multiple public and private-sector entities in the Sedalia, MO area have pulled together to identify and act on an opportunity to generate alternative energy from landfill waste. The partnership includes State Fair Community College (the lead not-for-profit sponsor), ProEnergy Services, Waste Corporation of Missouri, Kansas City Power & Light, Economic Development of Sedalia and Pettis County, the City of Sedalia, Pettis County, and the Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Commission.
According to the Oct 31, 2009 article in the Sedalia Democrat Online, during the initial phase, the Missouri Center for Waste to Energy project will convert methane produced by the decomposing waste materials into energy. Phase two of the project will add facilities to convert waste such as paper directly to energy. This project addresses several issues at once:
1) Most directly, it should eventually produce 3 megawatts of electricity (enough to power 2,500 to 3,000 homes).
2) There will be an environmental benefit of reducing methane emissions by 1500 cubic feet per minute, or over 750 million cubic feet per year. Landfills are the largest human-related source of methane. A reduction of this size would be equivalent to removing the yearly CO2 emissions of 50,000 automobiles.
3) This project will create jobs and train workers for work in the energy industry. SFCC plans to create a two-year alternative energy degree – available both online and on campus. Because this technology is being implemented around not only the company, but the world, this will be a very timely addition to the curriculum that the college offers.
I look forward to learning more about the impact and progress of this project. What are your thoughts?