and Marine Corps reveal first Navy landfill gas project
Chevron Energy Solutions, a unit of Chevron
Corporation, and the Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Albany
announced the start of construction for the Department of Navy’s
first landfill gas cogeneration project.
The project will produce 1.9 megawatts of renewable electric
power and steam by burning landfill gas collected from a nearby
landfill. Chevron Energy Solutions will also complete industrial
lighting retrofits in 82 buildings and expand the existing energy
management control system. When combined with the cogeneration
project, these measures will reduce the base’s purchase of utility
power and reduce MCLB’s carbon emissions by 19,300 tons annually,
equivalent to removing 16,000 cars from the road.
“This project is important to the Department of the Navy, the
Marine Corps and Dougherty County. And with the help of Chevron
Energy Solutions we will surpass our federal renewal energy goals,
and fulfill our aspiration of becoming the greenest Marine Corps
installation in the nation,” said Col. Terry V. Williams, commanding
officer, MCLB Albany. “In addition to providing renewable power
and energy security and reliability to MCLB, the project provides
a valuable long-term source of revenue for Dougherty County.”
Chevron Energy Solutions developed and designed the project and
will maintain the landfill gas-to-energy facility, pipeline and
landfill gas processing equipment. The new facility will house
a dual-fuel engine generator, a stack heat recovery steam generator
and two dual-fuel boilers. The primary equipment can operate
on landfill gas or natural gas, which provides energy security
benefits. MCLB’s use of renewable power will increase to 19 percent,
which exceeds the EPAct of 2005 and Energy Independence and Security
Act of 2007 mandate of 7.5 percent renewable power use by 2013.
Chevron Energy Solutions and MCLB will share in the operation
of the generator and steam-producing equipment. Through an energy
savings performance contract (ESPC), Chevron Energy Solutions
arranged the financing for the project, which is repaid through
the energy costs avoided. The company also guarantees system
performance for 22 years.
Said Jim Davis, president of Chevron Energy Solutions, “The project
is funded entirely by energy savings and demonstrates how military
bases and local governments can work together with private industry
to meet federal mandates without increasing taxpayer costs.”
Dougherty County will extract and sell the landfill gas to MCLB
from the Fleming/Gaissert Road Landfill, which receives approximately
100,000 tons of municipal solid waste each year. The biological
decomposition of the waste generates landfill gas that is approximately
50 percent methane gas by volume.
The project is expected to be completed by April 2011.