Date: June 28, 2012
Source: Veolia Environmental Services North America Corp.
Veolia ES Solid Waste and partners Energy Development, Ltd. and Green Power EMC have expanded a landfill gas-to-energy plant at Veolia's Taylor County Landfill in Mauk, Georgia that essentially doubles its power output from 4 to 8 megawatts. That makes it currently the largest such facility in Georgia. Green Power EMC has agreed to buy the power for 15 years.
June 27, 2012
Georgia's Largest Landfill Gas to Electricity Project Opens in Taylor County
Local Residents, Businesses to Benefit from Renewable Resource
Energy Development, Limited (ASX ENE), parent company of Nashville based Energy Developments, Inc. (EDI), Green Power EMC and Veolia ES Solid Waste, Inc. today announced the completion of the expansion of EDI's Landfill Gas to Electricity plant located on Veolia's Taylor County Landfill in Mauk, Georgia. Renewable power generated from this facility will be sold to Green Power EMC under a 15 year Power Purchase Agreement.
The original Landfill Gas to Electricity facility was expanded from 4 MW to 8 MW of renewable electricity making it the largest Landfill Gas to Electricity facility in Georgia.
"EDI is proud to be a partner with Green Power EMC and Veolia ES Solid Waste on this project," said Steve Cowman, President and CEO of EDI. "The Taylor County expansion fits in with our strategic growth plan to capitalize on existing renewable assets while expanding our U.S. renewable portfolio through the development of new greenfield sites." EDI currently has over 90 MW of installed renewable generation in the U.S. utilizing only landfill gas as the fuel source.
Landfill gas, which is created when organic material naturally decomposes in a landfill, consists of about 50 percent methane. A reliable and readily available local alternative to fossil fuels, landfill gas can be converted to generate electricity, heat or steam, or used as an alternative vehicle fuel.
"Green Power EMC is excited to continue our partnership with EDI at the Taylor County Landfill," stated Jeff Pratt, President of Green Power EMC. "Our first energy purchase began in 2003 at the Taylor County Landfill resulting in the entry of Georgia's cooperatives into the renewable energy market. This 4 MW expansion brings Green Power EMC's portfolio of renewables to over 28 MWs. Green Power EMC is actively pursuing successful approaches to increasing the supply of renewable energy for Georgia's EMC members."
"Landfill gas-to-energy projects are an important part of Veolia's sustainability strategy, and this project is yet another example of our commitment to turning waste into a resource," said Jim Long, president and CEO of Veolia ES Solid Waste. "We are proud to be a partner on this project, bringing a robust alternative energy source to the residents and businesses in Taylor County."
About Energy Developments
Energy Developments, Limited is an international provider of safe, clean, low greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions energy and remote area energy solutions. The Company currently owns and operates a diversified international portfolio of power stations in Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and Greece from a range of fuel sources including landfill gas, waste coal mine gas, natural gas and liquefied natural gas.
In the year ended 30 June 2011, in its worldwide operations, the Company produced approximately 3.1 million MWh of clean energy, and abated and avoided greenhouse gases estimated at 9.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent, akin to removing 2.7 million cars from the road.
About Green Power EMC
Green Power EMC is a not-for-profit cooperative founded in August 2001 to support EMCs in their search for Georgia renewable resources. Green Power EMC endeavors to find, screen, analyze and negotiate power purchase agreements with Georgia-based renewable resource providers. Green Power EMC was the first green power program in the state with green power resources online and operational in October 2003.
GPEMC EMCs participating in the Taylor County Landfill project include Altamaha EMC, Amicalola EMC, Canoochee EMC, Carroll EMC, Central Georgia EMC, Coastal Electric, Cobb EMC, Colquitt EMC, Coweta-Fayette EMC, Diverse Power, Flint Energies, Grady EMC, GreyStone Power, Habersham EMC, Hart EMC, Irwin EMC, Jackson EMC, Jefferson Energy Cooperative, Little Ocmulgee EMC, Middle Georgia EMC, Mitchell EMC, Ocmulgee EMC, Oconee EMC, Okefenoke Rural Electric, Planters EMC, Rayle EMC, Sawnee EMC, Slash Pine EMC, Snapping Shoals EMC, Southern Rivers Energy, Sumter EMC, Three Notch EMC, Tri-County EMC, Upson EMC, Walton EMC, and Washington EMC.
For more information, visit www.greenpoweremc.com.
About Veolia ES Solid Waste, Inc.
Veolia ES Solid Waste, Inc., part of Veolia Environmental Services North America Corp., is one of the largest solid waste companies in North America, providing a full range of services to commercial, industrial and residential customers in 12 states, the Bahamas, and Canada. Veolia ES Solid Waste, Inc. operates 72 collection facilities and 29 solid waste sanitary landfill facilities in North America. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisc. Veolia ES Solid Waste, Inc. was named one of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Top 100 Workplaces in 2011. In 2012, Veolia joined the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities National Clean Fleets Partnership program. By working in partnership with communities, the company aims to preserve valuable resources and extend landfill capacity by focusing on waste reduction, curbside collection, sorting and the processing and marketing of recyclables.
About Veolia Environmental Services North America Corp.
Based in Chicago, Veolia Environmental Services North America Corp. is the leading provider of fully integrated waste, environmental and industrial cleaning solutions to residential, municipal, commercial and industrial customers across the US, Canada and the Caribbean. The company is part of the Veolia Environnement companies in North America, with 30,000 North American employees providing sustainable environmental solutions in water management, waste services, energy management, and passenger transportation.
The Veolia Environmental Services group is the global benchmark for waste management and resource recovery and the only global manager of liquid, solid, non-hazardous and hazardous wastes. From waste collection to treatment, recovery and recycling, the company provides innovative, efficient and sustainable waste solutions to municipal and industrial clients. Its parent company, Veolia Environnement , is the worldwide reference in environmental services. With employees in 77 countries, Veolia Environnement recorded annual revenues of over $38 billion in 2011. Visit the company's Web sites at www.veolia.com and www.VeoliaES.com.
For more information, contact:
Green Power EMC
Jeff Pratt, 770-270-7606
Veolia Environmental Services North America Corp.
Denisse Ike, 312-552-2800
On Ideas Inc.
Denise Graham, 904-354-2600