Hoosier Energy Adds Landfill PlantBy Steven Johnson | ECT Staff Writer Published: November 21st, 2011
An Indiana G&T has added a landfill gas-to-energy plant to its portfolio and hopes to begin generation of power from the facility by the end of the year.
Bloomington-based Hoosier Energy has purchased a 14-megawatt renewable energy facility near Pontiac, Ill., that has been idle since 2006.
American Disposal Services of Illinois, a Republic Services Co., operates the Livingston Landfill, which supplies fuel to the plant.
“Acquisition of this facility fits well into Hoosier Energy’s growing renewable energy portfolio for our 18 member distribution cooperatives in Indiana and Illinois,” said Steve Smith, chief executive officer of Hoosier Energy.
“Landfill methane gas facilities take advantage of an otherwise wasted resource to produce economical electricity for consumers,” he said.
Officials said the plant will produce enough electricity from methane that otherwise would be released as emissions to power about 9,000 homes that typically use 1,200 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month.
The 460-acre landfill site is located in Livingston County, about 100 miles southwest of Chicago. Republic employs approximately 50 people at the facility. The plant uses three 60-turbine engines and was commissioned in 2001. Energy from the plant is delivered to the grid through an interconnection with ComEd.
“Landfill gas projects are a win-win opportunity for all parties involved, whether they are the landfill owner, the local utility, the local government, or the surrounding community,” said Tim Oudman, general manager of the Livingston landfill.
“This sustainability project reinforces Republic’s commitment to expanding its renewable energy asset portfolio and we are pleased that it is once again generating electricity.”
The G&T also operates a landfill gas facility in southern Indiana, and has other renewable energy generation projects under development in Indiana, Michigan and Illinois.