Alternative energy plant proposed for Green Bay

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — An alternative energy plant is being proposed for Green Bay that would turn trash into electricity.

Oneida Seven Generations has been searching several months for a home for its biomass plant, which would generate electricity by processing up to 150 tons of household trash daily.

Known as gasification, or pyrolysis, it would heat waste at 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit in a way that does not incinerate the trash, but reduces it to a fraction of its original bulk.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports ( ) the state Department of Natural Resources requested more information from the company. The DNR noted the technology has never been used in the United States on a commercial basis.

Oneida Seven Generations President Kevin Cornelius says he’s confident about eventually obtaining the needed state permits.