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Lebanon Landfill Methane Project Called Off

Lebanon — A proposed methane-to-electricity project for the city landfill has been officially called off.

The project — which was being handled by Vermont-based Carbon Harvest Energy — would have turned methane gas produced by decomposition at the landfill into electricity, and sold that electricity back into the city grind, potentially saving Lebanon up to $60,000 annually in energy costs.

A report released by City Manager Greg Lewis a week ago said that “Carbon Harvest has dropped Lebanon as a project based on information from one of the investors” and that the city would seek a new vendor for the project.

A city news release late last year said that “investor evaluation has slowed forward movement” with the landfill project due to “financial and tax purposes.” In October, Carbon Harvest Energy furloughed six of its 11 employees.