Electric Co-op given ‘yes’ for methane expansion

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The Washington Electric Cooperative is moving forward with plans to expand a methane-power generating operation at Vermont’s largest landfill in Coventry.

The co-op says the Vermont Public Service Board issued a certificate of public good for the plan to add a fifth generator that will make electricity using methane gas emitted by rotting garbage.

Methane from the Coventry landfill is now generating almost two-thirds of the electricity used by the co-op’s 10,000 members in Orange, Washington and Caledonia counties.

The co-op says construction will begin within the next few weeks and the additional generator will begin making power early next year.

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