Landfill Methane Outreach Program
Orange County, Florida and Orlando Utilities Commission
- Orlando, Florida
- End User(s):
- Orlando Utilities Commission's (OUC) Stanton Energy Center
- Orange County Landfill
- Landfill Size:
- Approximately 14 million tons waste-in-place (2005)
- Project Type:
- Boiler/Steam Turbine (co-fired with coal)
- Project Size:
- 12.4 megawatts (MW)
- $1 million annually by OUC
- Environmental Benefits:
- Carbon sequestered annually by 12,100 acres of pine or fir forests, annual greenhouse gas emissions from 10,900 passenger vehicles, or carbon dioxide emissions from 132,500 barrels of oil consumed. Annual energy savings equate to powering 7,300 homes. Estimated emissions reductions of 0.0155 million metric tons of carbon equivalents.
- LMOP Partners Involved:
- DTE Biomass Energy, Orange County, OUC
- Last Updated:
The Orange County Landfill is the largest publicly owned and operated landfill in Florida. In 1998, the Orange County Utilities Solid Waste Division began harnessing the methane emitted from a 250-acre area of the landfill and sending it to OUC's Stanton Energy Center to be used as a fuel to generate electricity.
Orange County and OUC worked together with LMOP to make this project possible. LMOP was instrumental in providing Orange County with information on technologies to help optimize efficiency and production while minimizing the costs of the gas recovery system. Efforts by Orange County earned it LMOP's Community Partner of the Year award in 1998.
OUC became involved because of the potential benefits of landfill gas (LFG) energy projects for utilities. OUC took advantage of the less expensive fuel and tax incentives granted to project developers that enhance the feasibility of retrofitting boilers to burn LFG. Four million dollars in federal funding and tax incentives allowed OUC to replace fossil fuel with the cleaner burning, renewable energy resource.
The Orange County Utilities Solid Waste Division and several consultants designed the LFG collection system and transmission pipeline. DTE Biomass Energy, Inc. owns and operates the LFG recovery system through a 20-year contract with Orange County.
This project benefits Orange County and its partners both financially and environmentally:
- Demonstrates how a successful partnership between government entities improves the environment
- Generates $400,000 in revenue to Orange County per year for LFG rights
- Reduced landfill odor and provides cleaner air for the community
With the success of this project, Orange County is now adding horizontal gas collection lines into a new landfill cell as the landfill phases are constructed to optimize gas collection.