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Lancaster County LFG Energy Project with Turkey Hill Dairy

LMOP Award Winner  Self Developed (Absence of third party developer)
Location:
Conestoga, Pennsylvania
End User(s):
PPL Corporation
Sector(s):
Utility
Landfill(s):
Creswell and Frey Farm Landfills
Landfill Size:
Frey Farm Landfill: 5.3 million tons waste-in-place (2008)
Project Type:
Combined Heat and Power (cogeneration) (two Caterpillar 3520 engines)
Project Size:
3.2 megawatts (MW)
Environmental Benefits:
Carbon sequestered annually by 29,000 acres of pine or fir forests, annual greenhouse gas emissions from 26,000 passenger vehicles, or carbon dioxide emissions from 316,600 barrels of oil consumed. Annual energy savings equate to powering 1,900 homes. Estimated emissions reductions of 0.0371 million metric tons of carbon equivalents.
LMOP Partners Involved:
Caterpillar, Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (Authority), Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PaDEP), PPL Corporation, SCS Engineers and SCS Field Services
Last Updated:
7/20/2010

Photo of LFG energy plant at Frey Farm Landfill in Pennsylvania.

What do you get when you partner a Pennsylvania manufacturer, a methane gas generator, and an energy company? The "perfect partnership," according to PPL Energy Services. The largest renewable energy partnership in Lancaster County extends the development of renewable energy by three parties who balance the needs of the public and the environment in a beneficial way.

Each partner stepped up to make the project happen. The Authority voluntarily installed 20,000 feet of piping, tying together the collection systems of co-located landfills. Two Caterpillar 3520 engines, installed and operated by PPL and fueled by landfill gas (LFG), generate 3,200 kilowatts of electricity. From 2006 to 2008, boilers captured heat from the engines, generating steam for Turkey Hill Dairy—the well known maker of ice cream, milk, and tea products.

The project's highlights include the following:

  • Steam to Turkey Hill Dairy offset 225,000 gallons (80 percent) of diesel fuel.
  • Completed in 10 months to enable Section 45 tax credits.
  • Will generate power for the next 25 years.

As a member of the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), the Authority is voluntarily making a legally binding commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by six percent by 2010, using 2006 as a baseline. The Authority is the first public environmental services organization in the United States to become a member of the CCX—the world's first voluntary, legally binding, multi-sector market for reducing and trading greenhouse gas credits.

The partnership between PPL, Turkey Hill Dairies, and the Lancaster County Solid Waste Authority is a perfect example of three organizations coming together for the common good. —former Rep. Gib Armstrong

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