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Feb 19 2009   2:07PM GMT

Local official wants to build data center powered by methane

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

The mayor of Chicopee, Mass., a city of about 60,000 people in the western part of the state, wants to use landfill gases to power a proposed data center in his facility.

According to a story in the Springfield Republican on city Mayor Michael D. Bissonnette being upbeat about Chicopee, he says that he has reached out to Dow Jones — the company that publishes The Wall Street Journal, New York Post and other newspapers — to build “a national data center here with the possibility of generating electricity from the methane at the landfill.” Dow Jones has an office in Chicopee already.

“Keeping what is here is important for both the city and the regional economy,” said Bissonnette, according to the story.

Though rare, using methane to power corporate facilities is not unprecedented. Fujifilm announced in 2007 that it would use methane from a nearby landfill to help power its manufacturing plant in Greenwood, S.C. Last year Google said it would pay for the building of a greenhouse that would reuse methane. The greenhouse is near a data center it’s building in western North Carolina, and paying for it would allow Google to win carbon credits so it could claim environmental friendliness.

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