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Feature Leading Edge Waste-to-Energy Methane Gas Facilities Depend on County Landfills Landfill methane is a ‘green’ power source because it utilizes waste and reduces air pollution by replacing electricity generated through conventional coal-fired methods. Several industries, and now, the U.S. military, are working in partnership with Georgia county landfills to purchase methane and generate power. Slated to utilize methane gas recovered at Dougherty County’s Fleming-Gaissert sanitary landfill through a 20-year contract between the county and MCLBAlbany, the project is deemed crucial to the Department of the Navy, the Marine Corps and Dougherty County. With the help of Chevron Energy Solutions, the U.S. military may meet, and even surpass, federally-mandated renewable energy goals leading some to call this Marine Corps installation the “greenest” in the country. As high-profile as it is to the U.S. government, however, the MCLB-Albany methane gas-to-energy project is at least as vital for Dougherty County. The facility will pipe landfillderived methane to MCLB-Albany to METHANE GAS continued on page 32 M By Deborah Dewberry, Editor ilitary, industry and Dougherty County officials held a festive groundbreaking ceremony May 19 for a Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany (MCLB-Albany) joint project with Chevron Energy Solutions, which might well become the U.S. military’s premier gas-to-energy project. Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany (MCLB) is the site of a planned landfill gas-to-energy project which will be the flagship “green” facility of the U.S. Navy. The military base is one of two logistics bases operated by the Marine Corps and its only one in the eastern U.S. Aboard the base, which employs nearly 5,000 Marines, civilians and contractors are Maintenance Center Albany and Headquarters Marine Corps Logistics Command. Photo courtesy of the Albany Dougherty County Chamber of Commerce. AUGUST 2010 31

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - August 2010

Georgia County Government - August 2010
President’s Message
Focus on Southwest Georgia
Lee County: Continuing to Prosper and Grow
Southwest Georgia Counties Pursue Real Innovations to Improve the Future
Leading Edge Waste-to-Energy Methane Gas Facilities Depend on County Landfi lls
ACCG Honors 10 Georgia Lawmakers For Outstanding Service During 2010 Session
ACCG Welcomes New Staff
Federal Health Reform: Implications for Counties
Index of Advertisers

Georgia County Government - August 2010