Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

The board of Ada County commissioners voted unanimously to end the contract with Dynamis Energy this morning. The decision releases both the county and the Eagle-based company from any potential legal action, and means the county’s $2 million loan to the company will not be repaid.  

The vote came after more than two years of public outcry over the proposed waste-to-energy plant at the county’s landfill.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

The Ada County Commission announced it intends to end a deal with Eagle-based Dynamis Energy.

Nearly three years ago, the County contracted with Dynamis to build a waste-to-energy processing plant. The company received a $2 million loan from Ada County to create site specific plans.

But the project quickly turned controversial when citizens started raising environmental concerns. Karen Danley was among them.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

For the first time, Ada County residents Thursday night had the opportunity to speak at a public hearing on the controversial waste-to-energy plant proposed by Dynamis Energy for the county landfill. More than 200 people attended the hearing at the county courthouse.

The county’s planning and zoning commission heard testimony from more than 20 people.  All were against the project.  Karen Knudsen questioned the process county commissioners have used to this point.  She called for the resignation of commissioners Sharon Ullman and Rick Yzaguirre.


Voters in Idaho’s largest county tomorrow will pick two Ada County Commissioners. Republican Dave Case, who was appointed to fill a vacancy on the board this spring, is running against Democrat Tom Howell in District Three.  Jon Howard is the third candidate running in District 3. 

Democrat Larry Rincover and Republican Jim Tibbs are running for the District One seat.

The Idaho Statesman

Another month has passed with few real developments in the proposed construction of a new waste-to-energy plant at the Ada County landfill. 

Ada County commissioners first agreed to the contract with Eagle-based Dynamis Energy two years ago.  The county would pay $2 million to Dynamis to develop plans for a facility that would burn trash and tires to create electricity.  Dynamis would later buy those plans back. 

Ada County

For months, the debate over a proposed trash and tire burning facility at the Ada County landfill has escalated. 

A citizens group that opposes the Dynamis project has criticized Ada County Commissioners  Rick Yzaguirre and Sharon Ullman - arguing that the two aren’t listening to residents' concerns.

But this week, there’s a new voice speaking out on the garbage-fueled power plant.  That’s the third county commissioner, Dave Case. 

Public Got Heated At Dynamis Hearing Tuesday

Jul 18, 2012

Dynamis’ Vice President Pete Johnson started Tuesday night’s public hearing on the new waste-to-energy plant by asking everyone to stay calm and refrain from booing.

But the atmosphere quickly turned contentious at the first chance the public got to voice their opinions on the new plant.

When Richard Llewellyn, a concerned biochemist and Boise resident, started his question with a series of comments on his concerns for the environment, Johnson cut him off, asking if he did indeed have a question.

The room of 70 people quickly filled with arguing and outrage.

Ada County

Ada County Commissioner Dave Case grilled executives from Dynamis Energy Friday morning.  The Eagle-based company wants to build a plant at the Ada County landfill that would turn trash and tires into electricity.  Case, though, failed in his attempt to bring an end to the county’s contract with Dynamis.

Ada County

Ada County Commissioners want answers  from the CEO of a company that plans to create energy from garbage.  A citizens group has accused the County and Dynamis Energy of fraud.  Commissioners have called a meeting on the project for Friday morning. 

Eagle-based Dynamis Energy plans to convert garbage to electricity at the Ada County Landfill.  County Commissioners gave the go ahead for the project about two years ago. They also provided the company with $2 million for design work, but the project is now behind schedule.