The City of Moline wants to put all its waste to use.
The city council approved spending about $99,000 to study how they can produce more bio gas, which is a by-product of processing solid waste.
Moline’s utilities general manager Tony Loete said they already produce some bio gas that they use to power the South Slope Wastewater Management Plant, but his staff thinks they could produce two to three times more.
This study will tell them the best way to do it and the best way to use the energy.
“We want to try and get off the grid. We want to try and make it so that our treatment plant doesn’t use electricity or natural gas from the grid,” Loete said.
Loete said the bio gas could be used to create heat and electricity. It could also be used to fuel the department’s cars.