Detroit Edison Buying 20 MW of Biomass Energy

The Michigan utility Detroit Edison got the go-ahead for two electricity contracts totaling 20 MW sourced from landfill gas and wood waste. The Michigan Public Service Commission approved the contacts today.

Detroit Edison will purchase 17 MW from the L’Anse Warden wood waste biomass facility in Baraga County in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The former coal-burning facility was converted to wood waste and became operational in August 2009. L’Anse Warden’s fuel supply comprises a rotating crop of quick-growing willow trees, paper plant by-product, landfill diversion wood, and wood bark and chips.

Detroit Edison also will purchase 3 MW of renewable energy capacity from WM Renewable Energy, a Waste Management subsidiary. The future Eagle Valley Renewable Energy Facility will be in Lake Orion in Michigan’s Oakland County. The facility will use landfill gas captured from the adjacent Eagle Valley Landfill. The new facility is expected to start operating by the end of 2011.

Detroit Edison plans to provide 10 percent of its power from renewable resources by 2015.

Want to see how landfill gas is utilized? Watch the video below to see how one college campus is utilizing waste-to-energy.

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