Landfill gas-to-electricity project starts in Mississippi

The Golden Triangle Regional Landfill’s landfill gas-to-electricity (LFGTE) project began operations Oct. 11.

Owned by the Golden Triangle Regional Solid Waste Management Authority (GTRSWMA), the LFGTE facility uses a GE J320 Jenbacher landfill gas engine to generate nearly 1 MW of power. GE (NYSE: GE) said the engine generates power by using methane gas from solid waste decomposition.

The Tennessee Valley Authority (NYSE: TVC) is purchasing the power from the 4-County Electric Power Association distribution system under the auspices of the TVA‘s Generation Partners program, which supports the production of renewable energy within the utility’s coverage area.

The Golden Triangle site is the state of Mississippi’s first LFGTE project developed to support the regional grid, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) database. According to LMOP, there are more than 558 LFTGE projects throughout the United States that are producing a total of 1,727 MW.

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