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Boiler project at treatment plant paying dividends

Project burns methane gas to heat facility, saves taxpayers thousands

8:01 AM, May 6, 2013
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A new boiler system installed in 2011 at Appleton's wastewater treatment plant is paying dividends for taxpayers, yielding $300,000 in energy savings annually.

The $1.2 million methane system captures the byproduct of the bacterial breakdown of sludge to operate the boiler and heat the rest of the plant.

The plant's natural gas bill - which previously averaged $453,511 a year - dropped to $140,938 in 2012 and the savings are expected to continue annually. ...

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