Veolia Environmental Services and Energy Systems Group (ESG) has reached an agreement to develop a landfill gas-to-energy project in southwestern Indiana. The 3.2 Megawatt project is a partnership between Veolia ES Blackfoot Landfill in Winslow, Indiana, and ESG Biofuels (Blackfoot), LLC to capture landfill gas to generate electricity.
Energy Systems Group will design, build, own and operate a power generation facility on site at the Veolia ES Blackfoot Landfill. Instead of simply allowing gas from the landfill to be burned-off and wasted, Veolia will extract the gas from the landfill and send it via pipeline to a new power generation facility. There, the gas will be treated and used as fuel to power the generator for electricity production. ESG will then sell the electricity to the power grid. The first phase of the project will be for 1.6 Megawatts of power. Both Veolia and ESG anticipate adding the additional generation capacity within the next few years.
By capturing these landfill gases Veolia is helping to provide environmental benefits equivalent to the following:
Removal of emissions equivalent to over 13,000 cars per year, or
Planting about 19,000 acres of forest annually, or
Creating enough energy to power more than 1,000 homes per year
“The Blackfoot project will be ESG’s third landfill gas to energy project,” said Jim Adams, president of ESG. “We are especially proud of this project since it will bring locally-generated renewable electricity to southwestern Indiana, the place ESG calls home.”
“This project offers ESG an excellent opportunity to utilize a renewable energy resource in a beneficial application. We expect to generate electricity from the site for the next 20 to 25 years,” said Dennis Bollinger, ESG Director of Clean Fuel Projects.
This landfill gas-to-energy project is the tenth such project undertaken by Veolia in North America. “We are proud to play a role in decreasing greenhouse gas emissions into the environment,” said Richard Burke, president and CEO of Veolia ES Solid Waste, Inc. “This project is just one example of our commitment to finding innovative ways to turn waste into a resource.”
The project is expected to be in commercial operation in 2009 and will provide the local community with several economic benefits, including increased employment through construction activities and the revenue generated from the sale of the gas produced.
About Veolia Environmental Services North America Corp
Veolia Environmental Services North America Corp., headquartered in Lombard, IL, offers fully integrated environmental solutions to virtually all industrial, commercial, municipal and residential sectors. It is part of the Veolia Environmental Services (VES) group, the only global manager of liquid, solid, non-hazardous and hazardous waste; on-site waste processing, industrial cleaning and process maintenance; and recycling, recovery and disposal for both the public and private sectors. VES has over 92,500 employees in 42 countries and posted revenues of $13.6 billion in 2007. Veolia Environnement (NYSE:VE), the parent of VES, with operations in water, waste, energy and transportation management, has more than 320,000 employees in 64 countries and recorded revenues of $48 billion in 2007. For more information, please visit www.VeoliaES.com
Energy Systems Group is an award-winning energy solutions and performance contracting company that provides innovative and self-funding solutions to improve the efficiency, operation and finances of facility owners. ESG delivers these improvements from offices in Evansville, Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Indianapolis, Johnson City, Lansing, Little Rock, Raleigh, Richmond, and St. Louis. ESG is a wholly owned subsidiary of Vectren Corporation (NYSE:VVC).
To learn more about Energy Systems Group, visit their website at www.energysystemsgroup.com