Local biodigester could help power load | Letter to the editor

Local biodigester could help power load | Letter to the editor

To the editor:

Again, there has been another bewailing of the “dangers of climate” change that is devoid of any analytical analysis of our own carbon footprint and what might be done to mitigate it (at least here).

Per a “test” by the Christian Science Monitor, one gallon of gasoline in an internal combustion engine will produce 18 pounds of carbon dioxide.

Apart from driving kids to school and ignoring the school busses, the city of Bainbridge Island produces how much CO2 hauling three 25-ton truckloads of residue a month from the municipal wastewater treatment plant down to Tacoma at a cost of about $1,500 a load?

That residue in a fuel cell/biodigester located at the Don Palmer transfer site could produce clean, green power at a far lower cost.

(Note, a fuel cell is not cheap but there is something called a “power purchase agreement” that PSE might consider.)

Further, Bainbridge Disposal sends two 22-ton septage pumpers around the island three times a week, then down to the Central Kitsap Treatment Plank (near Keyport) at a cost of $420 a load. There are other pumpers servicing the island.

That material, in a fuel cell/ biodigester, can also produce clean power.

Further, a memorandum of understanding between COBI and Bainbridge Disposal would result in a free supply of “fuel” for the power plant with perhaps a modest decanting fee ($50 to $75) load charged to each pumper using the facility. In addition, there are other sources of bio mass that can be used in such a facility.

It is possible that COBI could actually have a positive cash flow from a true municipal power plant that could augment PSE’s power by as much as 5.6 megawatts depending on type and size of the fuel cells.

I suggest actual analysis (assisted by Google) would be far more productive for actual mitigation of our own carbon footprint.

ROTH HAFER

Bainbridge Island

More in Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

Land swap To the editor: With all the uproar about the hotel… Continue reading

Letters to the editor

Decide now To the editor: Friday’s edition of the Bainbridge Island Review… Continue reading

Letters to the editor

CRT the enemy? To the editor: I want to thank a recent… Continue reading

Letter to the editor

CRT failed To the editor: Please, let’s approach our “moral responsibility to… Continue reading

Letters to the editor

Editorial wrong To the editor: When the Bainbridge Review was sold, I… Continue reading

Letters to the editor

Go for BAC To the editor: I am writing in concurrence with… Continue reading

Letters to the editor

Pingo nope To the editor: So far, the Pingo app for BI… Continue reading

Letters to the editor

Like Peltier To the editor: I am writing to help Bainbridge Islanders… Continue reading

Letters to the editor

Support I-1362 To the editor: Washington needs a better healthcare system. The… Continue reading

Letters to the editor

Back Peltier To the editor: When deciding who deserves your vote for… Continue reading

Defendants sentenced during explosive Bainbridge trial

A low murmur spread through the already energized crowd in a hastily… Continue reading

Letters to the editor

No secret meetings To the editor: Island Center’s planning process is already… Continue reading