September 10, 2008
Moretown, Vt. – A new landfill gas to energy project that will provide renewable energy, create new jobs and enhance the environment began construction in Moretown today, announced Governor Douglas, Interstate Waste Corporation, PPL Renewable Energy and Green Mountain Power.
Governor Douglas said the project, located at Interstate Waste Corporation’s (IWS) Moretown landfill, would generate 3.2 megawatts of electricity from methane, a gas that contributes to global warming. Methane is created when refuse in landfills decomposes and is currently being flared at the Moretown landfill.
“The impact on the environment of a landfill gas to energy project this size is equal to reducing 21,600 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year. It is also equal to removing 3,600 cars from the road or eliminating the need for 2.2 million gallons of gasoline,” Governor Douglas said.
“The power generated by this innovative energy facility will power the equivalent of 2,600 homes, more than the town of Waterbury,” the Governor added.
GMP has committed to purchase the project’s output for 15 years, at a fixed price. This will increase the stability of power supply costs, reducing exposure to future increases in electricity market prices, while giving the project a predictable revenue stream. It will supply between 1 and 1.5 percent of GMP’s annual energy needs.
Anthony Farina, CEO of IWS said “With this project, IWS and our partners are committing to a greener Vermont and a brighter future for us all. I want to thank Governor Jim Douglas for his leadership on this issue and his administration’s support for this important project. We can all be very proud of our team and this project’s contribution to a more diverse, secure and affordable energy future.”
Paul T. Champagne, President of PPL Development Company said “Methane-to-energy systems at landfills are really a win-win for the environment because they generate electricity from a renewable fuel while also eliminating emissions of methane, a gas that contributes to global warming. PPL is proud to be a part of this effort.”
Mary Powell, President and CEO of GMP said, “Committing to purchase a significant amount of renewable electricity from an in-state renewable energy generator is an important way for us to keep a reliable and diverse energy portfolio. Our Company’s energy strategy relies heavily on encouraging the development of Vermont renewable energy resources like this plant, and we are thrilled that this new resource will be coming on-line.”
The Moretown landfill has been operated by IWS since 1996.
Source: Office of the Governor
Last Updated at: September 10, 2008 10:39:31