Energy constructs its first US gas-to-energy facility
Veolia Energy North America announced its
first landfill gas-to-energy project (LFGTE) in the United States
at the Veolia Environmental Services North America Hickory Meadows
landfill in eastern Wisconsin. The project, slated to commence
operation in early summer 2011, will have the initial capacity
to generate 42,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity per year.
Once complete, the 4.8-megawatt (MW) electrical
generation facility will include 3 landfill reciprocating engine
generator sets with a capacity of 1.6 MW each, fueled exclusively
by the landfill gas. Landfill gas will be captured and sent via
the landfill’s existing gas collection system to the conversion
Veolia Energy has entered into a power purchase
agreement with Wisconsin Public Service (WPS), the primary electricity
and gas provider for northeastern Wisconsin residents. Upon completion,
WPS will purchase all of the power generated by the plant, along
with the associated Renewable Energy Credits.
As part of the 2005 Wisconsin Act 141, Wisconsin
established a standard requiring utilities to meet a gradually
increasing percentage of retail sales with qualified renewable
sources with the goal of providing 10 percent of the state’s
retail energy needs from renewable resources by 2015. Landfill
gas qualifies as an eligible resource under Wisconsin’s standard.