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City Utilities of Springfield has dedicated the Noble Hill Landfill Renewable Energy Center. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.
That's the sound of trash becoming 3 point 2 megawatts of power at the Noble Hill Landfill Renewable Energy center.
The facility is the first municipally-owned facility in Missouri that turns landfill gas into energy.
Scott Miller is C-U's associate general manager for electric supply.
He explains how the renewable energy center will generate power for C-U customers.
Miller says the renewable energy plant won't offset increasing demand for energy.
But he says it's an important part of C-U's strategy to provide energy.
City Utilities says the renewable energy center is environmentally friendly.
Dana Murray represents the Environmental Protection Agency's Landfill Methane Outreach Program.
Speaking at the dedication ceremony, she said Springfield's facility will improve the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Doyle Childers says there's interest in the private sector in renewable energy.
He says this facility in Springfield will serve as an example.
He says he's pleased to see City Utilities embracing renewable energy.
Officials with City Utilities say they expect the Noble Hill Landfill Renewable Energy Center to be fully operational by the end of this week.