Council for West Grey County in Ontario has approved an agreement with Rodan Power Corporation of Mississauga to conduct a feasibility study for a $5-million energy-from-waste (EFW) facility for garbage in West Grey. The decision follows a presentation to council on July 5 by Rodan president Paul Grod on how his company could burn waste to drive turbines to generate energy. The company would sell that energy back to the municipality below market cost. Steam could also be harnessed by industry.
The feasibility study is expected to cost $100,000, half of which will be funded by West Grey through 200 hours of in-kind services (staff will provide information to the engineers conducting he study).
Rodan plans to apply to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Funds program for a $50,000 grant to cover the remaining costs. The study is expected to take about four months.
"We’re confident that an energy-from-waste facility will provide an environmentally and financially viable alternative to landfilling," Grod said in a July 8 letter to the municipality.
"Council has decided to support the feasibility study and see whether we have enough waste to enter an energy-from-waste project and whether the costs are beneficial to us," said Mayor Delton Becker. Becker said the proposal could extend the life of the municipality’s three active landfill sites by 50 years. The life expectancy of the sites is currently about 25 years.