Poughkeepsie, New York [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] A subsidiary of CH Energy Group, Inc., CH-Auburn Energy, LLC, has entered into a 15-year contract to supply the City of Auburn, located in Cayuga County, New York, with a portion of its electricity needs by constructing and operating a 3-megawatt plant in Auburn that will use the city’s municipal landfill and wastewater treatment plant as sources for biofuel.
CH-Auburn will invest up to $9.75 million in the project, which will include an anaerobic digester to convert wastewater sludge for electric generation and the sale of resulting low-cost electricity to the city. The plant is slated for construction next spring. At the end of the 15-year contract, the city will have the opportunity to acquire the plant.“Officials with the City of Auburn have demonstrated they are forward thinking when it comes to meeting their energy needs, and we’re excited about partnering with them. This investment expands upon our growing renewable energy portfolio, which already includes ethanol, wind energy and a biomass plant,” said Steven V. Lant, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of CH Energy Group, Inc.