Kinetrex breaks ground on RNG plant in Indianapolis

By Kinetrex Energy | June 17, 2019

Kinetrex Energy, EDL and South Side Landfill announced today that they have broken ground on a new renewable natural gas (RNG) facility in Indianapolis. The completed facility will convert landfill gas into approximately 8 million gallons of RNG each year, and in the process will reduce greenhouse gas air emissions, develop a local renewable resource, lower fuel costs and create high-paying jobs and economic development in Indiana. It will be the largest RNG project in Indiana.

“This is a major milestone for Kinetrex Energy, our partners and central Indiana,” said Aaron Johnson, president and CEO of Kinetrex Energy. “The plant strengthens our position as leaders in the creation of renewable fuel and natural gas delivery. The RNG from the landfill will fuel Class 8 vehicles throughout the Midwest and will replace over 8 million gallons of diesel. RNG is cheaper than diesel and significantly reduces the emission of methane and other greenhouse gases.”

The decomposition of organic material creates methane, which is a potent greenhouse gas if released into the atmosphere. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, methane is 28-36 times stronger than carbon dioxide. The plant’s reduction in greenhouse gas emissions is equivalent to removing up to 19,000 passenger cars from the road each year.

“We are proud to partner with Kinetrex Energy and EDL to make this project possible,” said South Side Landfill President Mike Balkema. “South Side Landfill has been proactively capturing gas at the landfill for commercial use for more than 30 years, and this is the latest step in reducing emissions to make our city safer and healthier for our residents.”

The plant will create 50 construction jobs and four full-time positions after construction is complete. The new plant will sell the RNG to Kinetrex Energy where it will be turned into liquefied natural gas (LNG) and sold to Midwest transportation fleets. Compounding the environmental benefits of RNG, LNG engines available today have 90 percent lower emissions than the cleanest diesel.

“Once operational, the project will reduce methane emissions by approximately 17,000 tons per year, and carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 41,000 tons per year —which is equivalent to emissions from almost 47 million gallons of gasoline consumption,” said EDL North America CEO Jim Grant. “We look forward to working with Kinetrex Energy and South Side Landfill to harness the full potential of RNG to help decarbonize the transportation industry.”

The new RNG plant will be completed and fully operational in January 2020.