Ann Arbor, Mich.-based DTE Biomass Energy has acquired two landfill gas-to-energy (LFGTE) projects in Texas, purchasing both the operating Fort Bend Power Producers LLC facility just outside of Rosenberg and the Seabreeze landfill gas development project in Angleton.
Construction of the Seabreeze plant is expected to commence next month.
Fort Bend and Seabreeze are the second and third LFGTE projects for the firm in Texas. It has two other projects in other states as well that convert landfill gas to pipeline-quality renewable natural gas (RNG).
The RNG produced at the Fort Bend project is derived from landfill gas which is then ultimately processed to pipeline-quality standards. This low-carbon fuel is extremely versatile and fully compatible with the U.S. natural gas infrastructure. Today RNG is primarily used to power compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas vehicles, offsetting the use of fossil-based fuel. The purchase is consistent with DTE’s recently announced, broad sustainability initiative to help address climate change.
“These landfill gas-to-energy projects support our continued commitment to renewable energy and growing interest in supplying the renewable vehicle fuels market,” DTE Biomass President Mark Cousino said in a statement. “We see an increasing demand for natural gas powered vehicles—and RNG production provides a clean, sustainable fuel source with the benefit of reduced emissions over standard fuel.”
Constructed in 2013, the Fort Bend facility generates enough RNG to supply fuel for 560 diesel transit buses annually. Later this year, DTE will increase the output of the project by expanding the plant’s capacity to generate enough RNG to fuel over 1,000 diesel transit buses. Forecast to reach commercial operations in the fourth quarter of this year, the Seabreeze facility is expected to produce a similar volume.