Environmental to develop a landfill gas-to-energy project in
Veolia ES Solid Waste signed a contract with
the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) to develop
an alternative energy project that is estimated to save MMSD
customers tens of millions of dollars over 20 years. The agreement
includes the construction of a low-pressure, “green” pipeline
to transport landfill gas from Veolia’s Emerald Park Landfill
in Muskego to downtown Milwaukee, where it will fuel three new
turbines at the MMSD’s Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility.
The project is expected to be operational by 2013.
MMSD will design, construct and operate the low-pressure, landfill
gas pipeline. The pipeline will run approximately 19 miles from
the Veolia ES Emerald Park Landfill in Muskego, Wisconsin to
the Jones Island Water Reclamation facility in Milwaukee. Prior
to entering the pipeline, the landfill gas will be cleaned and
prepared via specialized equipment at the landfill. When the
gas arrives at Jones Island, three new turbines will transform
it into energy, significantly reducing the amount of electricity
and natural gas the MMSD purchases to clean wastewater.
At only 100 pounds per square inch (PSI), the pipeline will have
less pressure than other natural gas pipelines, which are usually
in excess of 300 PSI. It will be approximately 16 inches in diameter
and will be constructed of high-density polyethylene (HDPE),
a strong heat-, chemical- and corrosion-resistant thermoplastic.
The Veolia ES Emerald Park Landfill currently produces enough
landfill gas to meet approximately 50 percent of MMSD’s current
fuel needs at Jones Island. The landfill will be able to supply
all MMSD fuel needs by 2025, meeting the majority of the district’s
fuel needs – with renewable energy – during the 20-year agreement.
In addition, the use of methane, or landfill gas, is projected
to have a combined reduction in carbon dioxide emissions between
the two facilities.
The project has the support of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation,
the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as well as various