July 3, 2008

Mayors Group Honors City for Biogas Plant

Columbia's investment in a biogas energy plant received an Outstanding Achievement Award during the 2008 Mayors' Climate Protection Awards Ceremony last month.

Mayor Darwin Hindman accepted the award for the "energy source" category for small cities during the U.S. Conference of Mayors' annual conference June 20 in Miami.

The awards are sponsored by the mayors' conference and Wal-Mart to honor mayors and communities leading efforts to curb global warming and increase energy efficiency, a city of Columbia news release said.

The biogas plant, which was dedicated in December, uses methane and other gases generated by solid waste in Columbia's landfill to generate electricity. Eventually, the plant is expected to supply 2.5 percent of Columbia's power needs and will help the city meet its voter-mandated renewable resources requirement.

More information on the city's biogas energy plant is available by calling 874-7330.

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