Joint Texas landfill gas-to-energy facility to be unveiled

By Chris Hanson | October 11, 2013

WCA, Morrow Renewables and Enerdyne Power Systems plan to reveal their collaborative landfill gas-to-energy project in Needville, Texas, on Oct. 17.

The facility will recover methane gas from decomposing municipal solid waste located at the 300-acre WCA-Fort Bend County Landfill, which serves the greater Houston region, and convert it to clean natural gas that will be pumped into a pipeline for public use. The pipeline biogas can then be used toward generating electricity, manufacturing operations, or as an alternative vehicle fuel.  Currently, the facility produces roughly 1,200 million Btu (MMBtu) each day, but has a capacity of 4,000 MMBtu, said Luong Nguyen, director of special projects at WCA.

“WCA is pleased to announce the activation of this landfill gas-to-energy station as its next step in increasing our sustainability efforts,” said Derrick Standley, vice president of landfill operations. “WCA embraces new opportunities to improve the communities in which we live and work.”

Nguyen said he believes the facility can benefit the Houston metropolitan area by the reducing greenhouse gas emissions and foster job creation during operational phase. The U.S. EPA estimated the facility will offset greenhouse gases that are equal to consuming more than 22 million gallons of gasoline each year.

The project has received support and interest from local residents, which included the George Ranch Historical Park and other local governments, said Nguyen.