New White County power plant goes green

The power company will take organic waste from landfills and turn it into methane gas for clean energy. (WLFI Photo)
The power company will take organic waste from landfills and turn it into methane gas for clean energy. (WLFI Photo)

WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A new power plant in White County is making energy from organic waste.

Wabash Valley Power and local energy co-ops are partnering to supply electricity to customers.

The Liberty Three Landfill Gas Power Plant near Buffalo takes the methane from a landfill and uses it to power three generators. The power then goes to a substation and out the grid.

Wabash Valley CEO Jay Bartlett said his company is dedicated to developing all sources of energy.

“It’s affordable. It’s good for the environment,” Bartlett said. “It’s there 24 hours a day. It fits in nicely with our wind, solar and other generating assets — which sometimes are there and sometimes aren’t.”

He said taking methane from landfills is a smart use of resources.

“If we don’t make electricity out of this, we either release methane — which is a very potent greenhouse gas — or the energy is lit on fire and flared,” Bartlett said. “That is a tremendous waste.”

Wabash Valley Power is a nonprofit company serving Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.

The engines used to power the plant’s generators were built at Caterpillar’s Lafayette facility.