projects transform trash to green power
The United States Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) recognized six landfill methane capture projects
and partners for their innovation in generating renewable energy
and protecting the climate and people’s health by reducing greenhouse
gas (GHG) emissions. EPA has assisted with more than 490 landfill
gas energy projects over the past 16 years, transforming waste
into a green community asset. Landfill gas electricity generation
projects have a capacity of 1,680 megawatts (MW) and provide
the energy equivalent of powering more than 994,000 homes annually
as a clean energy source. The United States currently has about
540 operational landfill gas energy projects.
The six winners, announced at the 14th Annual Landfill Methane
Outreach Program Conference in Baltimore, include a project that
powers manufacturing at a green business park in Indiana and
a 10 megawatt combined cycle power plant in Ohio. These projects
will contribute to job creation and provide energy savings and
green power generation.
Methane, a primary component of landfill gas, is a GHG with more
than 20 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide.
Using landfill gas has several benefits: it provides a significant
energy resource, prevents GHG emissions, and reduces odors and
other hazards associated with emissions.
This year’s winning projects will avoid the emissions of 165,600
metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year. This reduction
is equivalent to the annual GHG emissions from more than 31,600
passenger vehicles or the carbon dioxide emissions from 385,200
barrels of oil consumed. The direct-use projects will use 830
standard cubic feet per minute and the electricity-generating
projects total 13.3 megawatts of generation capacity.
Awardees are Montgomery Regional Solid Waste Authority Small
Engine Project, Christiansburg, Virginia; Frederick County Electricity
Project, Winchester, Virginia; Crow Wing County Small On-site
LFG Boiler Project, Brainerd, Minnesota; Hoffman Road LFG and
Bay View WWTP Digester Gas 10-MW Project, Toledo, Ohio; and Newton
County Renewable Energy Park LFG Direct-Use Project, Brook, Indiana.
The community partner of the year is Escambia County, Pensacola,