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November 17, 2011
Landfill Energy Systems (LES) said it has begun operating a landfill gas-to-energy plant in Erie, Colo., outside of Denver.
The 3.2 megawatt facility will use biomethane from three Denver area landfills owned by Waste Connections Inc. The electricity generated will be sold to United Power Cooperative. LES said in a news release that the renewable energy facility will provide enough electricity for approximately 50 percent of the homes in Erie.
Novi, Mich.-based LES is owned by various funds managed by Energy Investors Funds.
The facility consists of two Caterpillar G3520 engine-generator sets consuming the biomethane from the Denver Regional North, Regional South and Front Range landfills.
“This plant creates local jobs, brings reliable, renewable energy to the local electric grid and reduces CO2 emissions equivalent to more than 5,000 cars annually,” said Richard DiGia, president and chief executive officer of LES.
The Erie plant is the 38th plant owned or operated by LES.
News Editor, Waste360
Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.
Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.
Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.
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