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Landfill Gas Energy

Landfill gas generators use the methane that is produced by the decomposition of organic materials in existing landfills to produce clean, renewable electricity.  The process also removes harmful methane from the environment.  Green Power EMC currently uses gas produced at three landfill gas generators around the state.  Click on the individual headings below for a look at each of these facilities.

How It Works: Landfills produce gas when organic materials in the facilities naturally decompose.  This creates a steady flow of natural gas over many years and can power generators to produce renewable electric power (see illustration below).

How Landfill Gas Energy Works

 


Taylor County Landfill Gas Facility

Taylor County Landfill Gas Facility

Type of Facility:  Landfill gas-to-electricity project using methane from the Taylor County commercial landfill.

Location:  Taylor County, Ga., near Mauk, Ga.

Generating Capacity:  Total output is currently about 7 megawatts (MW), up from an original capacity of 4 MW.

Year of Commercial Operation:  Official operation began in 2003.

Role of Green Power EMC:  The renewable power produced at the Taylor County landfill is sold to Green Power EMC under a 15-year purchase power agreement. Green Power EMC has partnered with the landfill since 2003.

Owner/Operator:  The commercial landfill is owned by Veolia ES Solid Waste, Inc.  The firm has partnered with Energy Developments, Inc. (EDI) of Nashville, Tn., which constructed a power generating station at the landfill. 

Renewable Properties:  The project removes potentially harmful greenhouse gases from the atmosphere while, at the same time, producing useful electric power for Georgia residents.

 


Pecan Row Landfill Gas Facility

Pecan Row Landfill Gas Facility Image

Type of Facility:  Landfill gas-to-electricity facility using methane from the Pecan Row commercial landfill.

Location:  Lowndes County, Ga., near Valdosta.

Generating Capacity: The total output is about 4.8 megawatts (MW).  Because some power is used to operate the facility, the amount available for sale is about 4.2 MW.

Year of Commercial Operation:  Official operation began in 2014.

Role of Green Power EMC:  Green Power EMC entered into a 20-year purchase power agreement with Energy Systems Group (ESG) to buy the output of the generating plant.

Owner/Operator:  Advanced Disposal of Ponte Vedra, Fla. owns the facility but entered an agreement to sell waste methane to ESG Biofuels, LLC, a renewable energy technology firm based in Newburgh, Ind.  ESG uses the methane as fuel in generating units constructed on site to produce electric power.

Renewable Properties:  The amount of energy produced by the landfill generator can power an estimated 2,000 homes – about the same amount as the energy produced by 67,000 solar panels. It removes potentially harmful greenhouse gases from the atmosphere while at the same time producing useful electric power for Georgia residents from existing waste.

 


Wolf Creek Landfill Gas Facility

Wolf Creek Landfill Gas Facility Image

Type of Facility:  Landfill gas-to-electricity facility using methane from a commercial landfill.

Location:  Twiggs County, Ga., near Dry Branch, Ga.

Generating Capacity:  The total output is about 2.8 megawatts (MW).

Year of Commercial Operation:  Official operation began in 2011.

Role of Green Power EMC:  The renewable power output at the Wolf Creek landfill is sold to Green Power EMC under a 15-year purchase power agreement.

Owner/Operator:  Advanced Disposal owns Wolf Creek and generates power in partnership with Sustainable Energy Solutions LLC, a privately held company focused on being a high quality developer, owner and operator of renewable energy projects utilizing multiple renewable energy technologies.

Renewable Properties:  The project removes potentially harmful greenhouse gases from the atmosphere while, at the same time, producing useful electric power for Georgia residents. The landfill can produce enough electric power to serve about 1,600 homes.  In addition, its disposal of waste methane gas is the effective equivalent of taking about 27,000 automobiles off the roads in terms of reducing greenhouse gases.

 

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