University of Maine to Buy Power from Landfill 

The University of Maine is going to be making steam from garbage. The university and Casella Waste Systems, Inc., have signed a 20-year-deal that will have the university making steam with methane produced at the Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town. Casella will need to build a 5- to 6-mile pipeline to get the landfill gas from Juniper Ridge to the steam plant where it will be used as fuel to provide UMaine with heat and hot water. It’s hoped the pipeline can be ready for the 2012 heating season. The gas produced in the landfill is now burned. UMaine Vice President Janet Waldron says the contract will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save the university $11 million to $20 million over 20 years. (AP)