JANUARY 2012

DTE biomass project begins operation

DTE Biomass Energy has started operating a 3.2-megawatt (MW) landfill gas-to-energy facility at the Smith’s Creek Landfill in Kimball Township.

The Smith’s Creek Landfill operates one of the first commercial-scale septage injection landfill gas systems in the United States, whereby material extracted from septic tanks is applied to the landfill to speed the decomposition of organic waste. This process not only increases the life of the landfill, but also increases the rate of landfill gas generation used to fuel electricity production.