EPA recognizes landfill gas projects

By Anna Austin | February 08, 2012

The U.S. EPA’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) has recently recognized and awarded several landfill gas-to-energy projects and companies involved in the industry.

LMOP is a voluntary assistance program that helps reduce methane emissions from landfills by encouraging the recovery and use of landfill gas as an energy resource. LMOP forms partnerships with communities, landfill owners, utilities, power marketers, project developers and more to overcome barriers to project development by helping them assess project feasibility, find financing, and market the benefits of their projects to the communities. 

The Decatur-Morgan County Landfill in Trinity, Ala., was named LMOP’s Community Partner of the Year. Initially, the project piped landfill gas to an industrial end user, but its need for the gas diminished over time, according to Granger Energy, which installed two 3516 engine generators on the site and operates the system. Each engine generates about 0.8 MW, and captured waste heat is used to heat the landfill’s recycling center. Electricity not used on site is sold to the Tennessee Valley Authority via the Joe Wheeler Electric Coop.

Project of the Year was awarded to the Lime Energy Landfill Gas Energy Plant at the Zemel Road Landfill in Punta Gorda, Fla. Charlotte County, in partnership with Lime Energy Co. Inc., designed and constructed the gas collection system. Gas turbine generators on the site produce about 3.6 MW of electricity, which power about 4,000 homes in the Orlando and Orange County area. Electricity production at the site began in October 2011.

This project, located in Trinity, Alabama, utilizes gas from the Decatur-Morgan County Landfill. The gas was initially delivered by pipeline to industrial end user Nucor Steel. Nucor's demand for landfill gas has diminished over time, and subsequently Granger installed two 3516 engine generators at the landfill--one for Granger and one for the landfill. Each engine consistently produces 0.8 megawatts. Waste heat from the Decatur-Morgan County Landfill engine is captured and used to heat the landfill's recycling center. Electricity that is not used on-site is sold to the Tennessee Valley Authority via the Joe Wheeler Electric Cooperative. Waste Management Renewable Energy and Enerdyne Power Systems Inc. were named Industry Partners of the Year. The awards were formally distributed at LMOP’s 15th annual conference held in Baltimore, Md., in January