Waste Management, Omaha Public Power Opens Gas-to-energy Facility

Houston, TX - Waste Management, Inc., the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD), and Nebraska Governor Mike Johanns celebrated the opening of Nebraska's first landfill gas-to-energy facility at the Douglas County Recycling and Disposal Facility in Elk City.

The Elk City Station, which began operations on April 1, generates about 3.2 megawatts of electricity, or enough electricity for more than 2,000 homes. Over time, the landfill size and landfill gas supply is expected to increase, thus increasing the potential generation of power.

"We believe that partnering with business, industry and public utilities like OPPD is critical to meeting the power needs of communities across North America," said A. Maurice Myers, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Waste Management, Inc. "These kinds of partnerships will lead the way for other businesses, industries and public utilities as we demonstrate that working together to find innovative solutions is a viable and resourceful way to meet the energy needs of the future."

According to the project agreement, Waste Management leases three acres of land to OPPD for the generating plant. OPPD pays Waste Management for the gas and for building, operating and maintaining the plant. In turn, OPPD offers its customers the opportunity to buy some of the renewable energy at a slight premium. So far, more than 2,500 customers have signed up for the program.