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Akron turns waste into energy -- again
City touts a new generator and says went green before that became trendy

Mark Urycki
In The Region:

Akron’s waste-water treatment plant may be generating all of its own electricity by this time next year. Today, plant officials fired up a new generator that burns only methane from a nearby landfill. Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic says this follows plans to tap methane from the city’s compost facility.

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“With this plant and the recently announced expansion of the anaerobic digestion system that’s just across the way over here, which processes all of the bio-solids from the waste water plant, we expect that by (the end of) 2013, Akron will be able to generate on-site nearly 95 percent of the electricity required to operate the waste-water (treatment) plan using waste.

Plusquellic says the plant is not only saving money on electricity but reducing the city’s carbon footprint.



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