“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
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
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