New Ottawa Facility Converts Landfill Gas to Green Energy

    OTTAWA, Jan. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - A local green energy company is putting a
by-product of decomposing garbage to good use in generating clean, renewable
energy. PowerTrail Inc. completed the commissioning of a 5 megawatt (MW)
Landfill Gas to Energy Facility at the City of Ottawa-owned Trail Road
Landfill today. The facility will generate enough electricity to power up to
5,000 Ottawa homes.
    Rosemarie T. Leclair, President and CEO of the Hydro Ottawa Group of
Companies, said the project uses proven technology to turn landfill gas - a
natural byproduct of the decomposition process - into a valuable resource,
green electricity. "Previously, this gas was being burned off in a flare, with
no additional value to area residents. Now it will be used to power Ottawa
    The City of Ottawa, which owns the landfill, will also benefit, saving 
$2 million in needed upgrades and repairs to the existing gas collection
system at the site, and another $200,000 annually in operating and maintenance
costs. The City will also receive a royalty payment estimated at $150,000 per
year for the use of the gas by the generating plant.
    "This is an innovative partnership that benefits our environment and
saves Ottawa taxpayers money," stated Ottawa Mayor Larry O'Brien. "This
facility is an important first step in long term value and a culture of
excellence. I want to see a substantial portion of Ottawa's energy generated
from the city's solid waste, and I congratulate everyone involved."
    The plant will reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by preventing
landfill gas from being released into the atmosphere, and by reducing the need
for coal-fired electricity generation. The facility collects the gas through
wells inserted into garbage mounds and uses it to power five internal
combustion reciprocating engines, each linked to a 1 MW generator.
    "This technology is clean, and it has been proven to work at hundreds of
landfills worldwide," said Leclair. "We're proud to play a part in bringing
this green energy solution to Ottawa."

    PowerTrail Inc. is a partnership between Energy Ottawa Inc., an operating
division of Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc., and Integrated Gas Recovery Services,
Inc. (IGRS).

    Energy Ottawa Inc. is a diversified and innovative energy company that
generates green power and offers an extensive range of energy management and
procurement services to a wide variety of customers.

    IGRS is a partnership between Comcor Environmental Limited, a landfill
gas engineering and consulting firm, and Integrated Municipal Services, a
subsidiary of Walker Industries Holdings Limited.

For further information:

For further information: Nathan Benson, Chief Communications Officer,
Hydro Ottawa Group of Companies, (613) 738-5499, ext. 252, Cell: (613)

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