15 MW landfill gas plant fires up in Ill.

By Anna Simet | November 13, 2013

An idled 15-MW landfill gas-to-energy plant north of Pontiac, Ill., is back on line after being purchased and refurbished by new owner Hoosier Energy.

The facility is located at the 460-acre Livingston Landfill about 100 miles southwest of Chicago. Previously owned by American Disposal Services Inc., a Republic Services company, the plant has been nonoperational since 2006. It was purchased by Indiana-based power provider Hoosier Energy in late 2011, and the company partnered up landfill owner Republic and Ameresco Inc. to refurbish the plant’s three Solar Caterpillar Taurus 60 turbine engines.

Electricity produced at the Livingston Renewable Energy Station is enough to provide power for about 9,000 homes that typically use 1,200 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month, according to Hoosier Energy.

"Cooperatives have a long tradition of working with local communities and this project is no exception. We've had great support, encouragement and local involvement from Livingston County, Pontiac and other local communities," said Rob Hochstetler, Hoosier Energy vice president of power production.

The Livingston project marks Hoosier Energy's second landfill methane generation facility. The 3.5-MW Clark-Floyd Landfill Methane Generation Project in southern Indiana was constructed in 2007 and expanded in 2009, and the company also has a coal bed methane project underway in Sullivan County, which will tap underground coal bed methane reserves to directly produce electric power.