Partnership to Create Delaware Landfill Gas to Energy Operation

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

May 3, 2013

1 Min Read
Partnership to Create Delaware Landfill Gas to Energy Operation

A partnership is creating a landfill gas-to-energy operation at the Delaware Solid Waste Authority landfill in Sandtown, Del.

The Greenwood, Del.-based Delaware Electric Cooperative (DEC) has agreed to purchase two megawatts of power from the landfill, enough to power 1,000 homes, according to a DEC news release.

Framingham, Mass.-based Ameresco Inc. will expand its existing renewable energy power plant to add two new methane-fueled engines. Those engines will convert methane gas produced by the landfill into energy.

Ameresco will fund the construction of the project, which should begin this summer with the engines operational by the end of 2013.

Engines at the Sandtown Landfill currently can produce three megawatts of power. The new engines will increase the capacity to five megawatts of power.

DEC will purchase the energy at a competitive price and member rates won’t be affected, the company said.

Delaware law requires utilities to generate or purchase 25 percent of their energy from renewable resources by 2025.


About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

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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