Methane-to-electricity project now
Allentown, PA— A PPL Corporation subsidiary
has begun commercial operation of a 3.2-megawatt methane-to-electricity
power generation system the company designed and constructed
on a 2-acre site at the Frey Farm Landfill in Lancaster County,
PPL, which owns and operates the plant, buys
methane gas daily from the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management
Authority and uses the gas to power two Caterpillar generators.
PPL then sells the power into the PJM Interconnection, a regional
transmission organization that coordinates the movement of wholesale
electricity throughout seven states and the District of Columbia.
Power from the landfill produces enough electricity to supply
At a dedication ceremony at the Manor Township
plant, representatives from PPL’s distributed generation
and energy services subsidiary said that PPL also will sell
heat - a byproduct of the process - to the adjacent Turkey Hill
Dairy. The amount represents about 85 percent of the thermal
energy the dairy uses in its operations, and substantially reduces
its boiler emissions and fuel-oil use.