Methane Gas Energy
Decaying organic waste produces methane. TVA’s Allen Fossil Plant uses a methane by-product, which it co-fires with coal, to generate four megawatts of power. If methane is released directly into the atmosphere, it is a potent greenhouse gas. In fact, its global-warming potential is 21 times greater than that of carbon dioxide. Viewing methane as a resource for generating energy provides an incentive for more efficient methane collection, thereby reducing emissions. For that reason, energy recovery from methane, where economically viable, provides considerable benefit to the environment. Besides diminishing global warming, using methane fuel eliminates the consumption of more than 8,000 tons of coal, reducing regional and local air pollution. The Center for Resource Solutions, the organization that accredits the program, approved TVA's methane project.
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