Lincoln's power utility says its proposed methane power plant to be fueled with gas produced by decomposing garbage could be generating electricity by this fall.
Lincoln Electric System's Dan Dixon says workers are installing three large engines that will generate four megawatts of power. One megawatt can provide enough electricity for about 750 homes for a year. Dixon says start-up operations are scheduled for late July and the project should be finished by August 31st.
Last year, Lincoln Electric System got approval to construct the $12.9 million project. The plant will burn gas produced by decomposing garbage at the Bluff Road Landfill. A network of wells will capture the gas and transport it to the new plant through a 16-inch-wide underground pipeline.