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Veolia Energy to build landfill gas-to-energy project in Hilbert

Veolia Energy North America will build its first landfill gas-­to-­energy project in the U.S. at the Veolia Environmental Services North America Hickory Meadows landfill, located in Hilbert.

The project, slated to begin operation in early summer 2011, will have the initial capacity to generate 42,000 megawatt hours of electricity per year, enough to power 2,800 homes, according to a news release from Veolia.

Once complete, the 4.8-­megawatt electricity generation facility will include three landfill generator sets with a capacity of 1.6 megawatts each, all fueled by the landfill gas.

Landfill gas, which is normally burned off, will be captured and sent via the
landfill’s existing gas collection system to the facility, where it will be transformed into electricity, according to the release.

Boston-based Veolia Energy has entered into a power purchase agreement with Wisconsin Public Service, according to the release. Once completed, WPS will purchase all of the power generated by the plant.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its emission reductions and environmental benefits calculator, a 4.8-megawatt landfill gas-­to-­energy plant could be expected to achieve carbon dioxide emission reductions of more than 25,000 tons per year, or the equivalent of removing 37,550 cars from the road each year, according to the release.

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