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From left, Tyler Shrout, Fleming-Mason Energy (FME) employee; Kevin Clevenger, FME employee; Anthony Marshall, FME employee; Joni Hazelrigg, FME CEO; Brian Evans, owner, North American Bio Fuels; Rodney Hitch, Manager of Economic Development, Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, EKPC.

Photo by Tim Webb

Fleming-Mason Energy Cooperative joined North American Bio Fuels and Advanced Disposal Services to dedicate a new renewable energy plant fueled by methane from the Morehead landfill.

“As a result of this project, Fleming-Mason Energy Cooperative will provide clean, renewable energy to its members,” said Joni Hazelrigg, President/CEO of the cooperative, which will purchase all energy generated by the plant. “We are excited to help make this possible for the communities we serve.”

Morehead Generating Station can generate 1.6 megawatts of energy, enough to serve the needs of over 600 homes.

The plant is owned and operated by North American Bio Fuels, a renewable energy company, and is located adjacent to Advanced Disposal Services’ landfill, west of Morehead near I-64. Two employees who are local residents will operate and maintain the facility.

“This landfill gas plant produces clean, renewable power, and it is competitive on price,” said Rich Spranger, Director of Operations at North American Bio Fuels. “We are so happy to be a partner on this project along with Fleming-Mason Energy and American Disposal Services.”

As organic waste breaks down in the landfill, flammable methane gas is produced. The gas is collected by a system of pipes within the landfill and piped to the plant, where it is used as fuel.

“This plant runs 80 to 90 percent of the time, which is very efficient for a renewable power plant. It has been fantastic working with both Fleming-Mason Energy and American Disposal Services,” said Brian Evans, Chief Operating Officer of North American Bio Fuels.

North American Bio Fuels operates a similar facility at Blue Ridge Landfill in Irvine.

Fleming-Mason Energy Cooperative is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative serving more than 24,000 homes and businesses in eight counties.

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