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March 17, 2011

Oswego County Extends Co-Generation Agreement with Interface Solutions

VOLNEY -- The Oswego County Legislature has renewed its agreement with Interface Solutions to sell steam generated by the Energy Recovery Facility in Volney. Dry steam produced by the incineration of solid waste is piped to the nearby Interface plant where it used in the manufacturing process.

The Legislature voted at its March 10 meeting to charge Interface $5.65 per thousand pounds of steam. The county has had a co-generation agreement for the sale of steam since the Energy Recovery Facility opened in 1985.

Interface manufactures gasket and sealant materials and flooring felt at its Volney plant on state Route 481 north of Fulton.

"The Energy Recovery Facility plays a very important role in conserving landfill space and extends the usable life of the Bristol Hill Landfill," said Legislator Jim Oldenburg, District 14, chairman of the Infrastructure and Facilities Committee. "An added benefit is that we are providing an energy cost-savings to Interface Solutions, which is a major employer."

In 2010, almost 91 percent of Interface's total steam usage at the Volney plant came from the ERF.

"The cooperative relationship between the Oswego County Energy Recovery Facility and Interface has worked well for both of us," said Thomas Natarian, manager of Engineering, Energy and Environmental Affairs for Interface Solutions. "The steam we receive from the ERF is a major benefit as we attempt to keep our costs low, remain competitive in the marketplace, and maintain our status as a major employer in the area."

The Oswego County Legislature's Infrastructure and Facilities Committee oversees the solid waste management system. In addition to Legislator Oldenburg, committee members include vice chairwoman Barbara Brown, District 8; Daniel Chalifoux, District 19; Mark Fruce, District 24; Linda Lockwood, District 11; Milferd Potter, District 2; and Amy Tresidder, District 16.

For more information on Oswego County solid waste programs, call 591-9210 or visit oswegocounty.com/dsw.

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