Poet landfill gas project wins award

By | March 16, 2010
A landfill gas project that transports methane gas from a Sioux Falls, S.D. landfill through an 11-mile pipeline to a Poet LLC ethanol plant in Chancellor, S.D., was awarded by the U.S. EPA. Poet pays the city for the methane, believing that when combined with waste wood, the ethanol plant could be powered entirely from renewable energy. James Moe, Poet chief operating officer, said the award signifies the importance of renewable energy. "We want to use renewable energy to power our production processes as well." Poet also recently announced it has implemented a water recycling system in its Preston, Minn., plant that will reduce water use 13 percent and help recycle 19 million more gallons of water per year.