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North Idaho company to tap landfill’s methane gas

A power company in northern Idaho plans to tap a Kootenai County landfill for methane gas to produce electricity.

The Hayden-based Kootenai Electric Cooperative says it will burn methane from the Fighting Creek landfill 13 miles south of Coeur d’Alene to produce renewable energy.

Larry Bryant is the company’s marketing manager. He says the plan is economical because power lines are already near the landfill.

The company plans to lease an acre of land at the landfill and start building a $7 million power plan this summer that will be financed through the sale of low-interest, Clean Renewable Energy bonds.

The company will pay the county at least $2 million over the next two decades for the methane gas.


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