PPL & Pennsylvania Refuse Authority Open Renewable Energy Generating Facility

PPL Corporation and the Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority dedicated a renewable energy facility yesterday that will produce approximately 3.2 megawatts (MW) of electricity while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Methane-to-energy systems at landfills have a dual benefit for the environment—they generate electricity from renewable fuel while also eliminating emissions of methane, a gas that contributes to global warming. Methane is created when refuse in landfills decomposes.

“By capturing methane and using it to generate electricity, this plant will prevent the equivalent of 19,500 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year. That’s equal to removing 27,000 cars from the road or planting 38,000 acres of new forest,” said Mike Kroboth, president of PPL Renewable Energy, the PPL subsidiary that the company says plans to invest more than $100 million in additional renewable energy projects in the next five years.

PPL Renewable Energy already has developed renewable energy projects that total more than 15 MW of generation. These include solar panel installations and landfill gas projects in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

In addition to the methane-fueled generators, the facility at the landfill will house a renewable energy education center.

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