Letter: Glenwood has power potential
I am very pleased to learn that City Council is researching opportunities to generate electricity locally. During my two terms on Council I advocated for local power generation but, probably due to low prices from MEAN at the time, this was never given consideration. I would encourage you to not only look at traditional methods of generation but also to consider the possibility of utilizing resources that are unique to our community.
The first of these would be to consider the development a hybrid geothermal-natural gas facility at South Canyon. As we know, the city possesses the mineral rights to this parcel and there is a strong probability of the existence of significant natural gas resources onsite. While the temperature of the geothermal resource is not optimal, a good deal of work developing similar hybrid generating facilities has been done in Europe with water temperatures below 120 degrees. The facility may potentially also be augmented to a lesser degree by methane mining at the landfill.
The other resource that should be considered is the harvesting of the energy from the burning coal seam. When we were on council, Russ Arensman and I had a number of discussions with a gentleman formerly with the School of Mines who was very enthusiastic about the potential of a demonstration project that could harness the currently wasted energy from this and other similar mine fires.
Due to proximity to our electric distribution system, transmission losses for either of these projects would be minimal. While development could be costly, it would seem to be a very good opportunity for a public private partnership. I feel that the time has come to begin to utilize our local natural resources to provide our community with a low-cost stable supply power for the future.
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