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Village Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant

LMOP Award Winner
Location:
Arlington, Texas
End User(s):
Fort Worth (Village Creek) Wastewater Treatment Plant
Sector(s):
Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP)
Landfill(s):
Arlington Landfill
Landfill Size:
14 million tons waste-in-place (2001)
Project Type:
Gas Turbine (two Solar Taurus 60 gas turbines with heat recovery)
Project Size:
5 megawatts (MW)
Environmental Benefits:
Carbon sequestered annually by 45,400 acres of pine or fir forests, annual greenhouse gas emissions from 40,700 passenger vehicles, or carbon dioxide emissions from 494,700 barrels of oil consumed. Annual energy savings equate to powering 3,000 homes. Estimated emissions reductions of 0.0580 million metric tons of carbon equivalents.
LMOP Partners Involved:
Renda Environmental, Renovar Energy Corporation, Republic Services, Inc.
Last Updated:
7/7/2010

Oftentimes, the success of a landfill gas (LFG) energy project rests with a project developer's ability to build a coalition to see a project through to completion. This was true for the alliance between the cities of Arlington and Fort Worth, a public utility, a non-profit environmental foundation, and a private renewable energy company. The alliance's persistence earned the project LMOP's Project of the Year Award in 2002.

Anxious to have an environmentally friendly, beneficial use project at its landfill, the city of Arlington turned to a private renewable energy company. Renovar, who was already operating the city's LFG collection system, determined that the best project would be to pipe LFG four miles to the Fort Worth Village Creek WWTP. There, the WWTP was already generating electricity from methane gas produced from anaerobic digestion, but needed more fuel for its two 5.2 MW gas turbine generators.

The project's highlights include:

  • Public/private partnership was key to the project's success.
  • Gas turbine generators burn two biogases: LFG and methane recovered from anaerobic digestion of wastewater.
  • Pipeline successfully installed across environmentally sensitive River Legacy Park with little environmental impact.

Perhaps the biggest challenge in the project was that the only workable pipeline route went through the River Legacy Park, which the community described as "a 1,300-acre oasis on the Trinity River in the heart of north Arlington." Renovar cooperated with Arlington's Parks and Recreation Department, the nonprofit River Legacy Foundation, the city of Fort Worth, and the independent state agency Trinity River Authority (TRA) to cross the park with minimum environmental impacts.

For example, to prevent the pipeline from damaging trees, the TRA allowed parts of an existing easement to be used. The boring under the Trinity River extended hundreds of feet beyond the riverbank to avoid a recreational trail and several magnificent older trees.

Developing public-private partnerships are the key to more extensive renewable energy development in this country and globally. This project demonstrates that such partnerships can work. —Larry Gilbert, Renovar president

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