A green energy company wants to partner up with the Town of Redwater.
The company, WastAway Sustainable Waste Solutions, is looking to turn the region's garbage into cleaner power generation.
Already with a plant in Tennessee that's still in the testing stages, the company is looking to establish the first one in Canada. It turns leftovers from green waste and recycling programs into pellets that can be burned, taking the place of coal as it's phased out.
"The coal that we burn here in Alberta is low sulphur and it does burn quite hot and quite clean, I don't know if [the pellets] would even be accepted," explained Redwater mayor Mel Smith. "A five minute presentation that is still in the test stages in Tennessee doesn't tell us anything in Alberta."
Cost was never brought up.
"They left it pretty vague about who was going to [burn the pellets]," said Smith. "We're just going to have to wait and see whether there is or isn't any merit to it, we'll just see how it goes."
Town council wasn't terribly impressed by the presentation, opting to wait and see where the technology goes until they make an investment decision.