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2 interested in working with landfill

July 27, 2012
Steve Schulwitz - News Staff Writer , The Alpena News

ATLANTA -It appears that at some point the Montmorency-Oscoda-Alpena Solid Waste Management Authority will have to choose between two companies that are interested in building a plant that would utilize the trash at the landfill. Recovered Energy Resources and Green Power Technologies have expressed interest in leasing land at the landfill with RER using the trash for a gasification plant to produce electricity, while Green Energy would use it to produce a bio-mass product that would be sold commercially.

Recently both parties contacted the landfill to express continued interest. Green Energy attended the landfill's finance committee meeting on Thursday, while RER sent correspondence to Administrator Sandy Cunningham with a brief update. Currently the landfill has an exclusivity agreement with RER, but the the contract expires next month. After it expires the landfill will be able to negotiate with both parties.

Alpena Commissioner Cam Habermehl said Green Energy attended Thursday's committee meeting to ask questions and gather information about the landfill and they will be back for a full board meeting in September.

"They needed some more numbers for there paperwork and they had questions about the land and what we have for property, and where we might be able to locate the facility," Habermehl said. "The interest from them is still there big time. right now really they are waiting on us and our deadline with RER."

Cunningham told the commissioners during Friday's regular landfill meeting that she also received a phone call from RER's Bill Chynoweth with an update on its quest to find customers to enter into purchase agreements before moving forward with the permit and construction processes.

"He said they are continuing to move forward and that they are very optimistic that this is going to become a reality," Cunningham said. "They say they have potential power agreements They expect to come to a meeting to speak to the commissioners in early August."

Habermehl said when the agreement with RER expires it is important the board consider which of the projects lends itself to the landfill the best. He said having options is nice.

"I think we have to look at both companies," Habermehl said. "I think if RER is still interested and give us a proposal and Green Energy gives us a proposal we will look at. There hasn't been a decision made either way. There are two companies interested in the trash here and that is a good thing and we will consider both."

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