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LMOP's national database shows that 40 new LFG energy projects and 11 project expansions came on line in 2010! These projects are generating 136 megawatts (MW) of renewable electricity and delivering 16,800 standard cubic feet per minute (scfm) of LFG to direct-use applications. This year looks to be even busier, with 48 new projects expected to come on line.
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New Landfill Gas Energy Projects
In January 2011, Cox Communications began using fuel cells powered by LFG to run its data center in San Diego, California. Cox Communications is using two PureCell® Model 400 fuel cells purchased from LMOP Industry Partner UTC Power. Together, the two fuel cells are capable of producing 800 kilowatts (kW), which will generate enough on-site power to reduce the company’s dependence on the local power grid and decrease its carbon footprint. More recently, in February 2011, two additional PureCell® Model 400 fuel cells were added to Cox Communication’s Rancho Santa Margarita facility in Orange County, California. The newest fuel cell system—powered by a blend of LFG and natural gas—is capable of producing 800 kW, and provides nearly 60 percent of the building’s electricity requirement.
Sources: Cox Communications, “Cox Communications Completes Fuel Cell Projects in California,” February 4, 2011; UTC Power, “Cox Communications Partners with UTC Power to Install Fuel Cells in California (PDF) (2 pp, 43K),” February 7, 2011.
In March 2011, LMOP Energy Partner Midland Energy, LLC’s LFG energy facility at the Midland Sanitary Landfill in Midland, Michigan, became operational. LFG is used to power Midland’s Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), and waste heat is captured and used to help heat on-site buildings and holding tanks used in the treatment of raw sewage. The LFG powers two 1.6 MW generators manufactured by LMOP Industry Partner Caterpillar, Inc. More electricity will eventually be produced than is needed for the WWTP, and this surplus electricity will be sold to Consumers Energy Company for distribution to its customers. To help pay for the project, Midland borrowed $10 million from the state through a Revolving Loan Fund at a 2.5 percent interest rate; the city will be required to pay back only $6 million as a result of a loan forgiveness grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
Sources: Waste Management World, “Landfill Gas to Energy Project to Power Waste Water Treatment Plant,” January 19, 2011; Midland Daily News, “Making Trash Work: Gas-to-Energy Facility Opens in Midland,” March 4, 2011.
In March 2011, LMOP Community Partner Berkeley County Water and Sanitation Authority and LMOP Energy Partner Santee Cooper held a dedication event for the Berkeley Green Power Generating Station. The project, which had to be put on hold when the county could not find a suitable end-user, finally got the green light in May 2010. The project, Santee Cooper’s sixth LFG energy project, is a joint effort to generate renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated by the county’s two landfills. Two 1.6 MW LMOP Industry Partner Caterpillar, Inc. engines are installed, one of which is being utilized initially. LMOP Industry Partner Blue Source marketed carbon credits from the project, and Google has signed a contract to purchase all of the carbon offsets resulting from GHG reductions at the county landfills through 2013 to help meet its company-wide goal of carbon neutrality. Berkeley County self-developed this project, and owns, operates, and maintains the project.
Source: News 4 Charleston, SC, “Santee Cooper, Berkeley County Dedicate Green Power Generating Station,” March 24, 2011.
On January 6, 2011, LMOP Industry Partner Waste Management, Inc. held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open its new LFG energy project at the Mesquite Creek Landfill in New Braunfels, Texas. The project, operational since December 2010, uses two 1.6 MW engines from LMOP Industry Partner Caterpillar, Inc. to produce more than 3 MW of electricity, which is purchased and distributed by New Braunfels Utilities (NBU). NBU has a 20-year renewable power purchase agreement with the project.
Source: New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, “Turning Trash Into Power,” January 12, 2011.
In February 2011, King County, Washington, announced it was selling emissions credits from the LFG energy facility at the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill. Crews completed major construction on the plant in March 2009, and it began operating last year. The LFG energy facility is operated by LMOP Industry Partner INGENCO’s subsidiary Bio Energy Washington and includes a quarter-mile pipeline for transporting the processed LFG to Williams Northwest Pipeline and on to Puget Sound Energy’s power plants. Utilizing approximately 7,400 scfm of LFG, this facility is one of the largest LFG energy plants in the nation.
Source: Issaquah Press.com, “County Announces Deal to Turn Trash Gas into Cash,” February 8, 2011.
In February 2011, the first LFG electricity project in West Virginia became operational. Charleston Clean Energy, LLC built the project at the Charleston Landfill in Kanawha with assistance from LMOP Industry Partners Sindicatum Carbon Capital Americas, LLC and TerraPass. The facility uses two engines from LMOP Industry Partner GE Energy - Jenbacher Gas Engines to produce 1.9 MW of energy. The electricity is sold to the local utility, Appalachian Power Company, where it is distributed to customers.
Source: West Virginia Outpost, “Methane Power Plant to Begin Operations in West Virginia,” December 5, 2010.
In April 2011, a second LFG energy project at LMOP Community Partner Dane County, Wisconsin’s Rodefeld Landfill became operational. LMOP Industry Partners Cornerstone Environmental Group and Unison Solutions, Inc. worked with Dane County to open the first fueling station in the state that provides natural gas from a landfill. The project is the first demonstration of Cornerstone Environmental Group’s new technology, BioCNG, which converts LFG from a landfill to compressed natural gas. BioCNG can use biogas from a variety of sources other than landfills, including wastewater treatment plants and agricultural and food waste digesters. At the 14th Annual LMOP Conference, Mark Torresani from Cornerstone Environmental Group presented Biogas to Vehicle Fuel Startup and Operations (PDF) (23 pp, 1.86MB), which describes this project.
Source: Thomas Content, “Landfill Gas Being Converted to Vehicle Fuel,” Journal Sentinel, April 9, 2011.[collapse]
LMOP Helps City with LFG Energy Project
Source: KCRG, “University of Iowa, Iowa City Landfill Partners on Methane Gas Project,” March 27, 2011.[collapse]
Georgia Army Base to Use LFG
Tennessee Valley Authority Making Strides in the LFG Sector
TVA’s Generation Partnership program provides technical support and incentives for the installation of renewable generation systems, now limited to 200 kW or less in size, typically for residential and small commercial customers. Two mid-sized LFG energy projects in Mississippi were accepted into this program before the new size limits took effect: Golden Triangle Regional Landfill in Starkville, Mississippi, and Three Rivers Regional Landfill in Pontotoc, Mississippi. Golden Triangle Regional Landfill, owned by LMOP Community Partner Golden Triangle Regional Solid Waste Management Authority, will be home to the first LFG electricity project in Mississippi. In 2009, officials installed a gas collection control system that flares the LFG. Now, the LFG will be diverted from the flare to a generator to produce energy and TVA will purchase the power created by the 999 kW-capacity generator. The project is scheduled to be operational by August 2011. The project at the Three Rivers Regional Landfill will use LFG as a fuel source to produce up to 1 MW of electricity that will be transferred through Pontotoc Electric Power Association to the electric grid. This project is scheduled to be operational in October 2011.
Sources: Tennessee Valley Authority, “TVA Signs First Renewable Standard Offer Contract,” January 25, 2011; Paul Sims, “Project to Use Landfill Gas to Generate Power,” Starkville Daily News, October 14, 2010; and Ross Reily, “Program to Use Landfill Gas for Electricity Underway,” Mississippi Business Journal, November 4, 2010.[collapse]
Greenhouse Gas Reporting Deadline ExtendedThe deadline for reporting calendar year 2010 greenhouse gas (GHG) data for facilities and suppliers covered by 40 CFR Part 98, including the municipal solid waste landfills source category… read more
LMOP has created an “LMOP Quick Reference Sheet: Regulations and Proposals Affecting Landfills and LFG Energy Projects,” aimed to help landfill owners determine how regulations may affect them. The document lists regulations relevant to landfills such as the GHG Reporting Program.
Greenhouse Gas Reporting Deadline ExtendedThe deadline for reporting calendar year 2010 greenhouse gas (GHG) data for facilities and suppliers covered by 40 CFR Part 98, including the municipal solid waste landfills source category (Subpart HH), has been extended to September 30, 2011. This extension will allow EPA to further test the system that reporters will use to submit data, and give industry the opportunity to test the tool, provide feedback, and become familiar with the tool prior to reporting. This action also extends the online registration deadline for entities required to report 2010 GHG data under the GHG Reporting Program to August 1, 2011, 60 days before the reporting deadline. If your company has already registered with EPA's Electronic GHG Reporting Tool e-GGRT, there is no need to register again. [collapse]
Renewable Portfolio News
CaliforniaOn April 13, 2011, a new California law (PDF) (64 pp, 365K) took effect that requires public utilities to source one-third of their electricity from renewable energy. Governor Edmund… read more
CaliforniaOn April 13, 2011, a new California law (PDF) (64 pp, 365K) took effect that requires public utilities to source one-third of their electricity from renewable energy. Governor Jerry Brown signed the legislation, which increases California's current 20 percent renewable portfolio standard (RPS) target in 2010 to a 33 percent RPS by December 31, 2020. LFG is an eligible renewable resource under the state's RPS. This new legislation makes California's renewables standard the highest in the United States. The measure will help to create new jobs, improve air quality, promote energy independence, and reduce GHG emissions.
California currently has 71 LFG electricity projects in place, producing nearly 297 MW. LMOP's database includes information about 37 candidate landfills in California with a total generation potential of 94 MW. If you have interest in developing an LFG energy project in the state, please contact Tom Frankiewicz (firstname.lastname@example.org), LMOP, at 202-343-9232.[collapse]
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Methane International #23 Available
The Global Methane Initiative (GMI) has released its latest edition of Methane International. This edition highlights the newest Partner Country, Jordan, the first Middle Eastern country to join the Initiative. The issue also includes information about the latest LFG assessment reports completed in China and an LFG energy technologies handbook produced by Poland.
Global Methane Initiative
GMI Landfill Subcommittee Met Via Webinar on June 1, 2011
The GMI Landfill Subcommittee meeting was held via webinar on June 1, 2011. The webinar was held to encourage greater participation by both delegates and Project Network members and to reduce carbon emissions. The webinar, attended by nearly 30 participants, included an update on new Partner Countries, a discussion on plans for the third Expo planned for late 2012, and information on new outreach activities that promote the expanded scope of methane abatement and the wastewater sector. Additionally, the ASG solicited volunteers to assist with peer review of an International LFG Best Practices Guide.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory Publishes Paper on Renewable Energy and Carbon Accounting
ACORE Publishes Renewable Energy Report
WasteAdvantage Publishes Article on Kentucky LFG Energy Project
Internal Revenue Service Issues Bonus Depreciation on Renewable Energy Projects Guidance
RFPs, Grants, and Other Opportunities
Pacific Power, Deadline: July 1, 2011
Rocky Mountain Power, Deadline: July 1, 2011
Colorado Renewable Energy Technical Assistance, Deadline: Open as long as funding is available
New LMOP Partners
LMOP welcomes the following new Partners:
|Partner Type||Organization Name||City||State|
|Community||Boone County Landfill||Boone||IA|
|Monroe County Solid Waste||Norwalk||WI|
|Endorser||American Academy of Environmental Engineers||Annapolis||MD|
|Caldwell Green Commission||Lenoir||NC|
|Energy||Dominion East Ohio||North Canton||OH|
|University of Iowa||Iowa City||IA|
|Industry||D-A Lubricant Company, Inc.||Indianapolis||IN|
|First Nations Environmental Services, Inc.||Whittier||NC|
|Philadelphia Electrical Equipment Company||Aston||PA|
|S and S Filter LLC||Austintown||OH|
To learn more about these Partners, please visit the Partner page on the LMOP website.