By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal
Pontotoc, Mississippi (August 9, 2011) – Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced today that the PSC has unanimously approved the Three Rivers Solid Waste Authority’s request to construct a 1 megawatt facility in Pontotoc County that will convert landfill gas to electricity, becoming the second project that uses that process in Mississippi. The power generated by the waste authority will be sold to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) through Pontotoc County Electric Power Association’s distribution system. The plant will use landfill-gas that is currently being flared and released into the atmosphere to create electricity
“This is the second project of its kind in Mississippi and will be a major benefit to the North Mississippi region” Presley said. “Anytime we can use untapped resources, that would otherwise be wasted, and turn them into energy we ought to be doing it.”
“This is a project that will create jobs and pay big dividends for electric consumers while protecting them from adverse financial risks.” Presley added.
Presley said the plant will be equipped to power approximately 1,000 homes and is projected to be online by the summer of 2012. The project will create 16 jobs and be an investment of $2 million.
The Mississippi Public Service Commission must approve any electric generating facility constructed in the state. The three member panel approved the project in its regular monthly meeting last Thursday.