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Navy, Dougherty to partner for landfill gas use

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY -- The Dougherty County Commission is expected to authorize an intergovernmental agreement Monday that will allow the U.S. Navy to buy methane gas from the landfill for use as a renewable energy source at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany, officials say.

The first-of-its-kind agreement would provide the base with a "green" source of energy from the gas emitted by the decomposing refuse in the Dougherty County Landfill.

Negotiations are continuing as county officials were meeting with Marine Corps officials late Friday afternoon.

"This is a win-win for both parties," MCLB Public Affairs Officer Lt. Caleb Eames said. "We get to continue the Marine Corps' 'Go Green' initiative and the landfill benefits from being a supplier to the government. We're thrilled to have this opportunity."

The County Commission will discuss the measure at its Monday work session and will vote on the agreement at a special called meeting immediately following, county officials say.

"This is something that we're excited about," Assistant County Administrator Mike McCoy said. "The county is always interested in building stronger ties and supporting the work done at the base and this is one way to do that."

While details of the plan are still being ironed out, Eames said that the gas would be used to power parts of the base.

Currently, the methane is collected and burned off, McCoy said.