Light it Up

Source: Steven M. Hamilton, Waste Age, Vol. 40 no. 2, February 2009

How to develop a landfill gas-to-energy project.

With the growing emphasis on finding renewable sources of energy and decreasing the country’s dependence on foreign sources of energy, interest in landfill gas-to-energy (LFGE) projects is at an all-time high.

The first LFGE facility opened in 1977. During the past couple of decades, most LFGE projects have had to rely on alternative fuel tax credits or some other form of economic support beyond energy sale revenues to succeed. Today, there are the federal Section 45 tax credits and Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBs), as well as state renewable portfolio standards (RPS), which increase the demand for and price of renewable energy, and programs that reward the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. All of these programs can enhance the value of landfill gas and its potential energy products.

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