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Lincoln expecting $2M boost from selling its biogas

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Posted at 6:18 PM, Feb 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-29 19:18:33-05

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Selling the natural gas generated at one of Lincoln’s wastewater treatment plants will produce $2 million of new revenue for the city annually, the mayor said.

The sales also will further the city goal of environmental sustainability, Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird said Thursday.

Lincoln has used the gas to produce electricity that helped power the wastewater treatment plant. City officials decided in 2017, however, that upgrading the system at the Theresa Street plant and selling the biogas locally or nationally would provide a greater return on investment.

The $8 million upgrade will be complete this summer, and city officials plan to begin sales under an agreement with a Utah-based energy management company, Blue Source.

The Blue Source contract is set for public hearing and a council vote on Monday.