Caroline mayor pitching waste-to-energy project

Plan is for area municipalities will join together to supply project

Caroline Mayor John Rimmer has taken his pitch for a waste-to-energy project to the provincial government.

Rimmer met with Environment and Parks Minister Jason Nixon and senior staff this past Friday to update them on a proposal to build a plant that could process 50 to 75 tonnes of waste a day.

The government seemed receptive to the idea of diverting central Alberta waste from landfills to a waste-to-energy project, said Rimmer. Sundre, Clearwater County and Rocky Mountain House have already expressed interest in the idea.

Rimmer said the plant would cost about $17 million to build, and it could be financed in a number of ways. It could be privately financed through investors or developed around a lease-back model that would see municipalities own it after a period of time. The provincial government could also lend money for the project with the understanding revenues would go to repay that investment.

“They’re interested,” he said, of the province.

“We’ll wait and see what they have to say. I’m hoping to hear something fairly soon.”

A number of companies are touting waste-to-energy technologies, including Fogdog Energy which has proposed a waste-to-energy project for Sylvan Lake. A final decision has not been made on which partnership the village will pursue. One of the advantages of the project is its relatively small scale.

“These units were originally built for warships, tankers and large work camps. They can be utilized for isolated communities. That’s why were trying to set this up as a pilot/demonstration because if we can show that it works here it could be used in other communities or on (First Nations) reserves.”

News tips

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

40 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Alberta

Province’s central zone still has no active cases

Red Deerians protest against racism on Saturday

Hundreds filled Red Deer City Hall Park to protest against racism Saturday.… Continue reading

Alberta reports just seven new COVID-19 cases

‘Today’s numbers mark an occasion to be celebrated’

PHOTO: Food Truck Drive and Dash in Red Deer

Food Truck Fridays launched its new drive-thru style event this week. Throughout… Continue reading

Golden Circle executive director shaves head, raises more than $11,000

The executive director of the Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre has shaved… Continue reading

‘Just went crazy:’ Group gets lots of interest in random camping on public land

EDMONTON — Ryan Epp started a Facebook group in early April to… Continue reading

Some things are best avoided

There are some things you just shouldn’t do. Even on a double-dog… Continue reading

Peter Nunoda: Red Deer College has plenty to celebrate

Friday, we celebrated Red Deer College’s 56th graduating class. It looked different… Continue reading

More protests against anti-black racism expected across Canada today

Anti-racism demonstrators are expected to gather across Canada today to protest police… Continue reading

Cities brace for surge in turnout as George Floyd protests persist across U.S.

WASHINGTON — The outraged Americans flooding the national capital this weekend will… Continue reading

Feds sign $105-million deal with Bombardier for two new Challenger jets

Department of National Defence announced the deal with Bombardier on Saturday

‘It’s brewing’: Inmates, guards worry about violence after COVID-19 lockdown

‘Thirteen weeks in a cage the size of your (bathroom) has been pretty devastating’

Most Read