Atlanta’s Live Oak Landfill to Become Source of Renewable Energy

Jacoby Energy Development, Inc., announced this week that it has executed a milestone contract to turn Live Oak Landfill, one of metro Atlanta’s largest landfills, into a source for renewable energy.

A public-private partnership of Jacoby Energy, Waste Management, DeKalb County and Atlanta Gas Light (AGL) will recover and clean methane gas to serve local energy needs in a way that has never been done in Georgia until now. This endeavour will be the first methane recovery to natural gas project in the state.

In this partnership, Jacoby Energy will recover the methane from Live Oak Landfill, process it by removing contaminants through a cleaning process, and pump it into AGL’s pipeline network, providing a renewable methane gas to AGL customers. While other processes are used to burn methane recovered from landfills to generate energy, this is only the ninth facility in the country and the second in the Southeast to pump methane through a commercial pipeline—a more environmentally friendly alternative.

“Renewable energy production is among the most pressing environmental challenges of the 21st century,” notes Jim Jacoby, CEO of The Jacoby Group. “Our focus on sustainable development led us to ponder what more we could do to expand our sustainability-focused business.”

Live Oak Landfill was accepting more than 1.2 million tons of trash per year by the end of its 19-year tenor before it was closed in December 2004. The new system, to be employed by Jacoby Energy, will not only end the need to burn the methane, but it will convert the gas into usable energy.

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