Landfill gas-to-energy project planned in Maine

By Aria Energy | February 04, 2015

Aria Energy, a leading provider of baseload renewable energy, recently announced that it will partner with Casella Waste Systems, a regional solid waste, recycling and resource management services company, to develop, construct, own and operate a 4.8 MW landfill gas-to-energy project located at the Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town, Maine.

The facility, which will utilize methane gas generated through organic decomposition in the state-owned landfill, will potentially meet the power needs of over 4,800 homes with renewable energy. Construction is expected to commence in early 2016 and the facility is expected to be operational in 2017.

"We are pleased to partner with Casella Waste Systems on the development, construction and operation of this baseload renewable energy project," said Richard M. DiGia, president and CEO of Aria Energy. "The Juniper Ridge Landfill project adds to our portfolio of owned and operated landfill gas projects that play a critical role in powering more homes with electricity generated from renewable energy resources."

This project involves extracting gas from within the landfill and delivering the gas to a generation facility EPA, landfill gas-to-energy projects reduce reliance on non-renewable energy resources, such as natural gas, coal, or petroleum. The EPA estimates that 4.8 MW of energy produced from landfill gas is equivalent to preventing carbon emissions generated by the consumption of 24.4 million gallons of gasoline annually.

Aria Energy currently provides operation and maintenance services for three additional landfill gas-to-energy facilities owned by Casella Waste Systems: the 6.4 MW facility in Morrisonville, New York, the 8 MW Hyland facility in Angelica, New York and the 8 MW Coventry facility in Newport, Vermont. Aria Energy also owns and operates the 11.2 MW Ontario facility in Stanley, New York, at a landfill operated by Casella Waste Systems.