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POET’s headquarters.


“Thanks to our partnership with

generates approximately $1.5 million

At the bioprocessing plant, the gas

POET, the city is able to provide a

in revenue per year for landfill

is used to power a boiler and dryers to

renewable fuel to POET’s biofuel

operations, said Dustin Hansen, the

dry distillers grain.

production operations to make a

city’s former Landfill Supervisor. He

Bart Plocher, General Manager at

renewable fuel,” said Sioux Falls

recently became Sioux Falls’ Street

POET Biorefining – Chancellor, expects



the plant to continue to burn all the

gas sales to POET also keeps landfill

The revenue from selling landfill gas

gas the that the landfill can produce

fees low. All around, a win-win

allows Sioux Falls to hold down fees

in coming years as the plant strives to

for sustainable energy and landfill

charged to the public for disposing

customers in the five-county service

trash, Hansen and Cotter said. The


city has avoided increasing tipping

“It’s been a huge success for both

fees at the landfill for several years.

parties. We’re so excited to have it and

“We’ve got some of the lowest landfill

to extend out that contract for another

rates in the region,” Cotter said.

10 years,” said Rachel Kloos, Plant


Manager. “It has been just an amazing

Chancellor plant got started when

project from the very get-go.”

Sioux Falls officials started looking for

Mark Cotter, Sioux Falls’ Director of

an industrial customer for the landfill

Public Works, agrees. “It’s really been

gas, and the POET plant stepped

a great public-private partnership, a


win-win for both sides,” Cotter said.

Before the partnership was worked

“It’s a very responsible way to manage

out in about 2008, the potentially

landfill gas.”

dangerous gas produced at the landfill

The Chancellor facility’s agreement

was wasted. It was collected and

with the landfill, which serves a five-

burned off into the atmosphere.

county area, has had documented

Now, a network of about 150


vertical and horizontal wells in new

The steady supply of methane, or

and old disposal pits collect the gas,

landfill gas, provides about 10 percent

which is created by the decomposition

of the fuel needed to run a boiler and

of cellulosic waste, such as food and

create a better environment with its

corn dryers at the ethanol plant, and

lawn clippings. The gas is transported

practices as well as its products.

the cost is typically below the market

to the Chancellor area in a 12-inch,

“In terms of embodying what we

rate for natural gas.

plastic pipe that is buried along public

try to do, there are few practical










rights of way.

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