Global Energy announces Georgia landfill gas project

By Erin Voegele
Web exclusive posted Feb. 11, 2009, at 3:09 p.m. CST

Global Energy Systems, a subsidiary of the diversified renewable energy company Global Energy Holdings Group Inc., recently announced it has acquired the right to purchase landfill gas produced at the Conley, Ga.-based Hickory Ridge landfill, which is owned and operated by Republic Services Inc.

Methane, a greenhouse gas naturally produced during decomposition of landfill waste, is 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Methane at the Hickory Ridge landfill is currently flared to prevent its release into the atmosphere. Instead of flaring the gas, Global Energy will construct a pipeline to transport it to its gas conditioning facility, where it will be converted into a saleable energy product.

Hickory Ridge landfill is expected to produce between 2,500 and 2,000 standard cubic feet of landfill gas per minute, said Mike Ellis, Global Energy's president. Construction on the pipeline is scheduled to begin within 100 days, with the project being operational by the first quarter of 2010.

Global Energy paid Republic Services $3.35 million for the landfill purchase rights and will also pay the company a royalty based on revenues collected from the sale of the processed gas.

Global Energy is developing other landfill gas projects as well. In January, the company announced it is developing a landfill gas sequestration and energy facility at the Charlotte County Zemel Road landfill in Charlotte County, Fla. The Florida project will convert landfill gas into electricity.

Several state renewable portfolio standards and the U.S. EPA recognize landfill gas as a source of renewable energy. The EPA's Landfill Methane Outreach Program has identified 23 landfills in the state of Georgia that are promising candidates for landfill gas to energy systems.