Capturing methane at landfill a prosperous venture for city of Billings

By Mike Ferguson, Billings Gazette.

Turning methane into natural gas at the Billings landfill will probably remain a profitable proposition for Billings, the Billings City Council learned Monday.

Larry Oswald, the manager of business development and marketing for Montana-Dakota Utilities Co., said the city’s 2015 share of the revenue from the plant, opened in December 2010, is expected to be $250,000 — about the same amount that’s been generated over the four previous years combined.

City staff “has worked with us to get gas production up,” he said. “Less than a handful of plants can turn (methane) into pipeline-quality natural gas.”