Franklin Co. To Consider Selling Methane

Franklin County is considering selling methane from its closed landfill.

At a Franklin County Commission meeting earlier this month, Franklin County Manager Billy Morse went over the contract with Jacobs Compliance Services to continue to provide service in the closing of the landfill for 2013.

During the discussion, Franklin County Commissioner Jeff Jacques brought up the possibility of selling the methane from the landfill.

Jacques says that since capping the landfill, it is now generating significantly higher volumes of methane and adds that there are communities in Georgia that actually sell methane and he was wondering if that were something we could utilize and maybe market.

Jacques says since the landfill was closed, there should be a very high concentration on methane accumulating.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a federal program in place to help communities sell methane as a renewable energy source.

The EPA’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program, or LMOP, is a voluntary assistance program that helps to reduce methane emissions from landfills by encouraging the recovery and use of landfill gas as an energy resource. The EPA says it launched the LMOP to encourage productive use of this resource as part of the country’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Morse says he would research the LMOP program and report back to the commission at a later date.