Tampa, Florida [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Tampa-based Seminole Electric Cooperative, Inc. has reached an agreement with Landfill Energy Systems (LES) for the electrical output from two new landfill gas-to-energy projects. These projects increase Seminole’s renewable energy resource portfolio to more than 90 megawatts.
LES, headquartered in Wixom, Michigan, has developed 22 landfill energy projects around the country. The two projects, Seminole Energy LLC, located in Seminole County, and Brevard Energy LLC, located in Brevard County, are the first for LES in Florida. Under the arrangement, LES will build, own and operate the facilities, which will collect methane generated in municipal landfills, and use it to generate electricity.
Seminole will purchase the electricity they produce, beginning in October 2007 through 2018.
“This new partnership with LES further demonstrates our commitment to be a renewable energy leader in Florida and promote other environmentally beneficial projects,” said Timothy S. Woodbury, Seminole’s executive vice president and general manager.
Seminole, which is the second largest non-profit generation and transmission cooperative in the U.S. based on 2006 revenues, recently announced that it will solicit proposals to install Florida’s first carbon dioxide (CO2) capture demonstration project and is continuing with a plan to distribute 100,000 compact fluorescent light bulbs to member-consumers of Seminole’s 10 distribution cooperatives.