Idaho Gas-to-Energy Project Inches Forward

By Madelyn Beck, Idaho Mountain Express.

A proposal to turn gas at the Milner Butte Landfill in southern Idaho into usable energy is one step closer to reality.

The Southern Idaho Solid Waste Landfill Gas to Energy project has been in the works since October 2014, according to project planners. Most recently, those planners have been giving county commissioners a detailed project overview to help those counties make a decision today, Oct. 26, on whether to move forward or cancel the project.

Josh Bartlome, executive director and CEO of the Southern Idaho Solid Waste District, told Blaine County commissioners last week that the landfill project is expected to produce enough energy to start making money by 2023. By 2038, Bartlome said he expects the project to have produced a net income of between $5 million and $9 million, depending on the choice of generator.