EPA recognizes clean energy initiatives
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
recognized the accomplishments of numerous landfill methane partners
that are generating renewable energy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions
EPA gave recognition awards to government and private organizations that
are helping the agency deliver energy and environmental benefits through
its Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP).
Methane, a primary component of landfill gas, is a greenhouse gas over
20 times as potent as carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere.
Nationwide, there are approximately 435 projects that harness landfill
gas to produce renewable energy. In 2007 alone, these projects provided
over 10.5 billion kilowatt hours of electricity and delivered 79 billion
cubic feet per year of landfill gas to corporate and government users,
and produced energy equivalent to powering roughly 810,000 homes and
heating nearly 547,000 homes each year.
For 2007, EPA’s LMOP recognized projects that took innovative approaches
to utilize landfill gas while delivering environmental and economic benefits.
Projects of the Year
•Greentree High Btu Landfill Gas Project, Kersey, Pennsylvania - This
project is one of the largest landfill gas projects in the country. The
landfill gas is upgraded to natural gas quality and utilized in clean-burning
power generation equipment to generate renewable power.
•Iris Glen Landfill Gas to Energy Project, Johnson City, Tennessee -
Landfill gas energy projects that upgrade the gas to natural gas quality
are usually limited to landfills with large amounts of gas, but not in
Johnson City. There, an engine and boiler use landfill gas to supply
100,000 pounds per hour of steam, 7.5 megawatts of electricity, and chilled
water to a Veterans Administration hospital, university buildings, and
a large civic center.
•Southeastern Chester County Refuse Authority (SECCRA), Chester County,
Pennsylvania - SECCRA Power developed this landfill gas energy project
through a number of innovative approaches, including joining a regional
transmission organization to sell green power.
•Ameresco, Framingham, Massachusetts - Ameresco exhibited leadership
by developing innovative and flexible landfill gas energy projects. Thirteen
operational projects, including three new projects in 2007, with another
9 under construction, demonstrate Ameresco’s ability to provide long-term
environmental and economic solutions for landfills and the communities
•Alameda Power & Telecom and the City of Palo Alto, Watsonville,
California – Two community-based utilities actively pursued landfill
gas opportunities in their own backyard. Tapping an initial 3.2 megawatts
(MW) of renewable energy, with an additional 15 MW from local landfills
under development, helps them meet renewable energy goals and provide
green power to a record number of green power customers.
•Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority (GLRA), Lebanon, Pennsylvania - GLRA
and PPL Renewable Energy created and built a Renewable Energy Education
Facility that serves as an educational forum for local, national, and
international visitors. With the goal of “empowering our future leaders
with green energy,” the project demonstrates the power of renewable energy
from a 3.2 megawatt landfill gas energy project, 2,000 watt wind turbine,
and 1,000 watt solar array (multiple solar panels).
•CIFAL-Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia - CIFAL-Atlanta co-hosted with LMOP
the Greening Solid Waste Practices workshop in September, 2007. The forum
allowed solid waste professionals to explore best practices for implementing
landfill gas energy projects to reduce methane emissions, provide a clean,
renewable form of energy, and stimulate the local economy.