Landfill methane partners recognized for greenhouse
Washington, DC— The U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency recognized the latest accomplishments
of landfill methane partners who have reduced emissions of methane
and created renewable energy sources.
Biodiesel Industries, Chester
County, Pennsylvania, City of Denton, Texas, Fairfax County, Virginia,
Granger Energy, Interface Flooring, Inc., Pennsylvania Department
of Environmental Protection, Santee Cooper, and Wabash Valley
Power Association received partner and project of the year awards
for excellence in reducing landfill methane emissions and creating
EPA has assisted in the development
of more than 200 landfill gas energy projects in the past 10 years.
In 2005 alone, landfill gas energy projects in the United States
provided over 9 billion kilowatt hours of electricity and 74 billion
cubic feet of gas for corporate and government end users. The
emissions reductions associated with these projects last year
were equal to those from 13 million vehicles. The energy equivalent
would be powering 725,000 homes and heating 1.2 million homes.
The partners accepted the following
awards at EPA’s Ninth Annual Landfill Methane Outreach Program
Conference and Project Expo in Baltimore.
Project of the Year: Alternate
Fuel. Biodiesel Industries and City of Denton, Texas - Landfill
gas powers a three million gallon biodiesel production facility
at the City of Denton’s landfill. The biodiesel is used
to power the city’s truck fleet, which is the first time
landfill gas has been used in the biodiesel production process.
Project of the Year: Electricity
Production. Santee Cooper, South Carolina. - Santee Cooper’s
second project in South Carolina will bring their landfill gas-fired
capacity to almost 10 megawatts (MW), with plans for 54 MW of
green power on line by 2012.
Project of the Year: Direct Use.
Chester County, Pennsylvania and Granger Energy - Landfill gas
from the Lanchester Landfill is delivered to four local companies,
offsetting their reliance on natural gas and providing considerable
Community Partner of the Year.
Fairfax County, Virginia. - The county uses gas from the I-95
Landfill to produce electricity, dry sludge at the wastewater
treatment plant, and heat the county’s facilities using
Interface Flooring Systems, Georgia.
- Interface added landfill gas use at its LaGrange, Georgia facility
to reduce further its environmental footprint.
Energy Producer Partner of the
Year. Wabash Valley Power Association, Ind. – More than
4.5 percent of Wabash’s customers purchase green power through
their EnviroWatts program, fueled by 7 landfill gas energy facilities
totaling 22 megawatts.
Industry Partner of the Year.
Granger Energy - A family-owned business, Granger Energy has more
than 10 projects operating in six states, saving the equivalent
of more than 4 million barrels of oil.
State Partner of the Year. Pennsylvania
Department of Environmental Protection - The state agency provides
a full spectrum of technical assistance services, financial incentives,
and renewable energy programs for landfill gas energy development.
EPA’s Landfill Methane
Outreach Program (LMOP) is a voluntary assistance and partnership
program that reduces greenhouse gas emissions by supporting landfill
gas energy project development. The program also assists countries
throughout the world in developing landfill methane reduction
projects through the United States government led Methane to Markets
For more information, visit www.methanetomarkets.org.