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Tallahassee Turns Garbage Into Energy

By: Andrea Candrian Email
By: Andrea Candrian Email

Tallahassee signed a deal to turn your everyday garbage into electricity. It's expected to cost less to produce and eventually roll over to your electricity bill.

In the next few years your home may be powered by your trash. Tallahassee signed a 30-year contract with Green Power Systems. The group will fire up garbage, which turns into a fuel source, emission-free.

"We're always looking for opportunities to do something innovative and this opportunity came to us right at the time we've been pursuing renewable energy resources," said David Byrne, director for the city's Energy Services Department.

The group will need garbage from the entire Big Bend to make it work. They're working out a deal with Leon County to get it going.

It's good news for residents and businesses that go through a lot of junk.

"We filled that one there yesterday and dumped it last night and it'll be full by the time we get done again today," said Roy Wilson, a roofer for a local contractor.

"I think it would be smart, instead of making these landfills," said Justin Maynard, an FSU Student. "If you go to south Florida, you see them everywhere."

Unlike other biomass plants, this one can take e-garbage, that's things such as old computers and TV sets. The city says the best part about the project is it's entirely risk-free. The only thing they have to pay for is the energy the plant produces, which is twenty percent cheaper than the city's current price. It's expected to provide up to 10 percent of Tallahassee's electricity.

A location in Leon County hasn't been chosen yet for the plant. It's expected to be operating by fall 2010.


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