by Eric Ginsburg

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City of Greensboro looks to use landfill methane

The city of Greensboro is inviting potential bidders to come up with plans to use methane gas emitted from the White Street landfill, and has posted a request for qualifications on its website. Councilman Jim Kee, who represents District 2 where the landfill is located, said the city could use the captured methane internally to offset costs at a treatment facility or as an incentive to attract new businesses to locate near the landfill.

The city currently captures 40 percent of the methane gas generated by the landfill, Kee said, which is given to the International Textile Group. The city aims to utilize all of the methane created, which could be given to a business, similarly to an incentive BMW received to locate by a South Carolina landfill, Kee said. The landfill is located in northeast Greensboro, an underserved and underdeveloped part of the city.

Kee, who has been advocating for using all of methane generated for years, said the upgrades could capture $1.5-2 million worth of gas annually.

“It’s money that we’re burning, really.” Kee said. “It’s important because we are not utilizing an asset that we have.

This gas has a lot of value, and we need to tap into all of that value and utilize it to the fullest extent.”

Bidders will have until Feb. 19 to respond, and the city will hold a voluntary site visit on Jan. 23 at 10 a.m.