The city is talking about leasing ground sprayed with waste water to a farmer who wants to plant miscanthus, a towering grass being studied for its energy use. If farmer Dan Meyer of Tuscola is able to plant miscanthus on the almost 160 acres northeast of town, it'll be the most in the area. The University of Illinois is currently testing the grass.
Miscanthus could be used to make ethanol or as a renewable energy additive in coal-burning power plants.
"I think it's exciting," Meyer told the city's public works committee Thursday. "It think it would be a great opportunity."
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