Florida Keys may use gasification of yard waste for electricity generation

By Robert Carr, Waste 360.

The Florida Keys islands, known for their lush tropical palm trees and extensive coral reefs, may sign off on a plan this spring to convert its residents’ yard waste to electricity through gasification, in a cost-saving effort to reduce greenhouse gases.

Monroe County, which encompasses Key West and about 95 percent of the rest of the Keys islands, is finalizing a contract with Annapolis, Md.-based Energy3 LLC to build a gasification plant capable of processing 50,000 tons of organic material. The county had sought an RFP in 2014 to improve the sustainability of its yard waste elimination program, and signed a roughly $7 million contract then with Energy3 to examine building the plant. The county’s Board of Commissioners plan to meet Wednesday with the company to go over final terms for the contract.