Landfill gas projects recognized by EPA
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
is recognizing eight landfill methane capture projects
for their innovation in generating renewable energy and
reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The winners
include one of the largest landfill gas (LFG) to liquefied
natural gas facilities in the world, located in Livermore,
Methane, a primary component of LFG, is a GHG with more
than 20 times the global warming potential of carbon
dioxide. Using LFG provides a significant energy resource,
prevents GHG emissions, and reduces odors and other hazards
associated with emissions.
This year’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP)
winning projects will avoid the emissions of 546,000
tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year, the equivalent
of annual GHG emissions from nearly 100,000 passenger
Projects of the Year were given to the University of
New Hampshire EcoLine™ Project, Rochester, New Hampshire;
Jefferson City, Missouri Renewable Energy Project, Jefferson
City, Missouri; The Altamont Landfill Resource and Recovery
Facility, Livermore, California; Ox Mountain LFG Energy
Project, Half Moon Bay, California; Sioux Falls Landfill
and Poet LFG Pipeline, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and
the Winder Renewable Methane Project, Winder, Georgia.
The State Partner of the Year was given to the Kansas
Department of Health and Environment, and the Community
Partner of the Year was awarded to the Kent County Department
of Public Works, Byron Center, Michigan.
EPA’s LMOP has assisted with more than 450 LFG energy
projects over the past 15 years. The United States currently
has about 509 operational LFG energy projects. The LFG
electricity generation projects have a capacity of 1,563
megawatts (MW) and provide the energy equivalent of powering
more than 920,000 homes annually.
The direct-use projects provide an additional 304 million
standard cubic feet of LFG per day and provide the energy
equivalent of heating more than 715,000 homes annually.
Direct-use LFG energy projects do not produce electricity,
but instead use LFG as an alternative to replace another
fuel such as natural gas or coal.