Bioenergy Plant Earns Utility EPA Partner Award

Landfill methane projects get some extra attention from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through an outreach program. When the Dairyland Power Cooperative of Eau Claire, Wisconsin brought a 3 MW facility online in April of 2004 they had the support of the EPA, and now the project has won the 2004 Energy Partner of the Year Award for the ONYX Seven Mile Creek landfill gas to energy plant.

Dairyland was selected for its success launching the innovative plant, and the environmental benefits of the renewable energy facility. “The Dairyland project represents the best in the landfill gas industry and LMOP is pleased to recognize your accomplishment,” said Brian Guzzone, who is the team leader of the EPA Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP), which promotes the use of landfill gas as a renewable, green energy source. Ameresco, a project partner responsible for the design and construction of the facility, was selected to receive the EPA 2004 LMOP Industry Partner of the Year award. Dairyland contracted with ONYX Waste Services to purchase methane gas collected at the Seven Mile Creek Landfill. The gas is a byproduct of decomposition in the landfill, and is used by Dairyland to generate renewable energy for members of its cooperative system. The environmental benefits of methane gas recovery are significant, according to the EPA. Prior to the facility’s operation, the methane gas created by the landfill was wasted, simply burned off into the atmosphere. EPA reports that 2004 reductions in methane from landfill gas-to-energy projects such as the Seven Mile Creek plant has the same annual climate benefit as planting 17 million acres of forest.
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