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Landfill Methane Outreach Program

EPA Recognizes Partners for Excellence in Landfill Gas Energy (2011)

Award Winners

Each year, EPA’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) recognizes select Partners for excellence in innovation and creativity, success in promoting project development, and achieving environmental and economic benefits. These award-winning projects and companies contribute to job creation and provide energy savings and green power generation. On January 18, 2012, Partners accepted the following awards at LMOP’s 15th Annual Conference and Project Expo in Baltimore, Maryland.

2011 Projects of the Year: LMOP was pleased to recognize three projects that creatively use landfill gas (LFG) in a range of applications and capacities. These projects overcame barriers and applied innovative technologies to create a new source of renewable energy to benefit local communities.

  • Dane County BioCNG™ Vehicle Fueling Project, Wisconsin — Dane County was successfully generating electricity from methane at its Rodefeld Landfill when it decided to find a way to use flared excess LFG to cost-effectively produce compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle fuel. The County identified Cornerstone’s patent-pending BioCNG™ system as the solution to creating a useable quantity of CNG to fuel trucks used by the County’s parks and public works departments. The system currently produces 100 gallons of gasoline equivalent (GGE) per day from only 20 standard cubic feet per minute (scfm) of LFG and is being upgraded to produce 250 GGE. The County owns three CNG vehicles, has ordered another 20 CNG cars and trucks, and plans to purchase more vehicles in 2012. The following LMOP Partners were involved: Community Partner Dane County Solid Waste Department, Industry Partners Cornerstone Environmental Group and Unison Solutions, and Energy Partner Alliant Energy.

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  • Golden Triangle Regional Solid Waste Management Authority Power Generation Project, Mississippi — For several years, Golden Triangle staff researched LFG energy project possibilities. Challenges that kept a project from moving forward included the site’s remote location and subsequent lack of nearby potential end users, as well as prohibitive expected installation costs for an electric project. However, in March 2010, Golden Triangle learned that Tennessee Valley Authority’s Generation Partners program would pay a premium for green power, and the rest is history. The project was accepted into the program in October 2010, and the first LFG electricity project in Mississippi was on line less than one year later, generating just under 1 megawatt (MW) of renewable energy. The following LMOP Partners were involved: Community Partner Golden Triangle Regional Solid Waste Management Authority, Energy Partner Tennessee Valley Authority, and Industry Partners GE Energy – Jenbacher Gas Engines; LFG Specialties; Neel-Schaffer; Riley, Park, Hayden & Associates; and SCS Field Services.

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  • Lime Energy Landfill Gas Energy Plant, Zemel Road Landfill, Charlotte County, Florida — To ensure this project’s economic viability, developer Lime Energy found creative ways to cut capital and operations costs and also supplement revenue by selling engine waste heat to convert sludge into a commercial product. Project partners overcame the challenge of high LFG hydrogen sulfide levels by implementing an innovative, cost-efficient BioGasclean system, the first U.S. LFG application of this technology. The team also worked diligently with Florida Power & Light to devise an alternative route to connect to the grid that both avoided a protected wildlife area and reduced the construction schedule by more than six months. In October 2011, the project began generating 2.8 MW via two GE-Jenbacher engines that are able to meet stringent carbon monoxide emission requirements. The following LMOP Partners were involved: Industry Partners Lime Energy Asset Development and GE Energy – Jenbacher Gas Engines and Energy Partner Orlando Utilities Commission.

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2011 Industry Partners of the Year: LMOP was pleased to recognize two Industry Partners who have developed numerous LFG energy projects, refined their development procedures to meet changing times, and promoted the environmental and economic benefits of LFG energy.

  • Enerdyne Power Systems, Inc. — Founded in 1991, Enerdyne has been active for more than 20 years in the LFG industry. Recently, instead of building projects with the intention of selling, Enerdyne began building projects that will spend their lifetimes under the company umbrella. Enerdyne internalizes project development as much as possible, leading to reduced costs, fewer delays, and complete control over projects that require extensive planning and maintenance. As of August 2011, Enerdyne operates five power generation, three direct-use, and three flare-only (with potential to recover energy) projects that span eight states, generating nearly 8 MW and combusting approximately 3,000 scfm LFG. In order to promote the beneficial environmental impact of LFG energy projects, Enerdyne held three ribbon-cutting ceremonies in 2011 for sites in Tennessee and Oklahoma.

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  • WM Renewable Energy — Waste Management, Inc. (WM) has been a leader in the LFG energy industry since 1987. In 2003, WM formed WM Renewable Energy (WMRE) to further focus the company’s LFG energy efforts and to bring facility ownership in-house. WMRE has 32 employees with expertise in energy marketing, renewable energy markets, plant design and construction, plant operations, and business management. In 2011, WMRE commissioned six new and two expansion LFG energy facilities with installed capacity of nearly 25 MW, and is constructing seven additional facilities with 38.4 MW of capacity. WM currently supplies LFG to 132 beneficial-use projects in 29 states and two Canadian provinces.

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2011 Community Partner of the Year: Decatur-Morgan County Landfill, Alabama — Morgan County and the City of Decatur were willing to try new, creative ideas to overcome issues they had faced with a direct-use project in order to achieve a viable LFG energy project. Therefore, the landfill was excited to learn from developer Granger Energy that Tennessee Valley Authority was offering a premium for green power through its Generation Partners program. They decided to take advantage of this opportunity, so Granger brought on line one Caterpillar 3516 engine in June 2010 and the City brought a second identical engine on board in July 2011 for a combined capacity of 1.6 MW. Waste heat from the second engine will provide winter heating for the City's newly constructed recycling center. The following LMOP Partners were involved: Community Partner Morgan County Regional Landfill (Morgan County-owner and City of Decatur-operator), Energy Partner Tennessee Valley Authority, and Industry Partners Granger Energy and Caterpillar.

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