Services signs biomethane agreement
Republic Services, Inc. has signed a renewable
biomethane recovery agreement with Clean Energy Fuels Corp. to
process and sell renewable natural gas recovered from Republic’s
Sauk Trail Hills Landfill site in Canton, Michigan.
Clean Energy will build a high-BTU landfill gas processing plant
at Republic’s Sauk Trail Hills Landfill which will produce renewable
natural gas for injection into the natural gas pipeline system.
The renewable natural gas will be distributed for vehicle fuel
use to Republic natural gas fleets, Clean Energy customers and
direct use by renewable power customers. The agreement provides
Republic a beneficial use for landfill gas, and will also provide
Republic with conventional natural gas vehicle fuel for use in
Republic’s growing natural gas fleet. When the landfill-gas-to-energy
processing facility is fully operational, output of clean, green
biomethane is expected to equate to six million diesel gasoline
gallon equivalents annually. Production is expected to begin
in early 2012.
Republic also, under other agreements, contracted Clean Energy
to build, operate and maintain 14 compressed natural gas (CNG)
refuse vehicle fueling stations and to provide Republic liquefied
natural gas (LNG) refuse fleets in California with approximately
three million gallons of LNG vehicle fuel per year.
Republic intends to use a portion of the sustainable biomethane
produced at the site to fuel its expanding fleet of natural gas,
solid waste hauling trucks.
In addition, Clean Energy expects to provide the Sauk Trail Hills
biomethane product to fleet customers in its national network
of compressed natural gas vehicle fueling stations.
Renewable biomethane gas is a by-product derived from the compression
of landfill waste and decomposition. Used for vehicle fuel, environmentally
friendly landfill gas generates up to 88 percent less greenhouse
gas emissions than diesel fuel or gasoline.