Duke Energy Carolinas Signs Deal for Landfill Gas

Beginning in 2009, gas produced from a landfill in Durham, North Carolina, will be turned into power to serve customers of Duke Energy Carolinas. The company announced that it has signed an agreement with Methane Power Inc. to purchase 2 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy generated from the City of Durham’s landfill, which was closed in the mid-1990s.

Currently, landfill gas at the Durham site is being burned off. Under the new agreement with Duke Energy, Methane Power will install internal combustion engines and generators to burn the gas, produce power and deliver it to the Duke Energy Carolinas system.

The project is slated to begin producing power by May 1, 2009. Specific financial details of the 20-year purchased power contract were not released. According to Duke Energy however, the estimated cost of the project to the average residential customer will be less than US $0.10 per year.

“This is a great opportunity for the city to support our plan to help significantly reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions, while at the same time promoting the re-use of energy that would otherwise be wasted,” said Durham Mayor William Bell.

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