Waste Management Inc., the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) and Nebraska Governor Mike Johanns recently celebrated the opening of Nebraska’s first landfill gas-to-energy facility at the Douglas County Recycling and Disposal Facility in Elk City.HOUSTON, Texas – June 5, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The Elk City Station, which began operations on April 1, generates about 3.2 MW 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.” Governor Johanns praised the partnership between OPPD and Waste Management that made the plant possible. “Public power has a special responsibility to be a technology leader and to pursue what is in the best interest of customers,” said Johanns. “Bringing the Elk City Station online places OPPD in the lead among Nebraska’s utilities in the total amount of Renewable Energy generated.” 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. “OPPD is harnessing wind power and landfill gases in a Green Energy Program that will, once it’s fully developed, produce more Renewable Energy than all other utilities in Nebraska combined,” said Fred Petersen, president and chief executive officer of OPPD.