Allied Waste Announces Ground Breaking for Newest Gas-to-Energy Project
Allied Waste Industries, Inc announced today the ground breaking for the newest landfill
gas-to-energy project by one of its subsidiaries. The project, which is
located at the Jefferson City Landfill in Jefferson City, Missouri, will be
developed in conjunction with Ameresco, Inc., Columbia Water & Light and
the State of Missouri. Methane gas from the landfill is expected to
generate approximately 3.2 megawatts of electricity -- enough to power more
than 2,000 homes. In addition, heat from the plant's engines will be used
to power two Missouri correctional facilities located in the area.
"The rising cost of oil and the search for alternative, environmentally
friendly energy sources is bringing a lot more interest to this type of
gas-to-energy project," said Donald W. Slager, President and Chief
Operating Officer for Allied Waste. "With over a dozen alternative-energy
projects in the various stages of approval and development, we expect that
our portfolio will continue to grow in the future."
There are currently 53 projects, including 42 electric generation
plants, operating at facilities owned or operated by Allied Waste
subsidiaries across the country. In addition to the Jefferson City project,
construction of an eight-megawatt facility at the Brunswick County Landfill
in Lawrenceville, Virginia, is expected to commence this month. In March of
this year, a 2.5-megawatt facility expansion began producing electricity at
the Convis Township Landfill near Lansing, Michigan.
"Landfill gas-to-energy projects are the ultimate in recycling as gas
that is a naturally created by-product at landfills is captured and used as
an alternative fuel source. Energy from these projects is converted to
electricity, offsetting the use of oil and natural gas," added Slager.
Methane gas occurs naturally at landfills as a by-product of the
decomposition of organic materials. Gas is collected, dried and used as a
fuel source in a variety of projects from electrical generation to
industrial boiler fuel to wastewater evaporation. Over 430 such projects
have been registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's
Landfill Methane Outreach Program. Allied Waste
intends to pursue these
projects as a further demonstration of its commitment to sustainability and
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