PPL To Install 4.8 MW Renewable Energy Power Plant in Vermont

PPL Renewable Energy, a subsidiary of PPL Corporation, announced last week that it will develop and install a 4.8 megawatt methane-to-electricity power plant at a landfill in Moretown, Vermont. The 200-acre Moretown Landfill will provide 2.4 million cubic feet of methane gas per day.

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.

“This project is consistent with our company’s vision of being the best possible partner to all of our constituencies, local communities, customers, employees and shareholders,” said Frank E. Celli, chief operating officer of Highstar Waste Holding Corp. “By developing this project with PPL Renewable Energy, the Moretown Landfill creates a beneficial use for a naturally occurring byproduct of our waste management operations and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.”

The power generated by the facility will be sent to the electricity grid. The companies expect the project to be operational by Dec. 31, 2008.
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