Landfill Gas

Tapping landfills for energy

Methane, a greenhouse gas that is more than 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide, is naturally produced as organic waste breaks down anaerobically in landfills. Landfill-gas-to-energy systems convert the gas to clean-burning fuel.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as of July 2011 there were 558 operational landfill-gas-to-energy projects in the United States and an additional 510 landfills that are good candidates for such systems. The EPA estimates the gas-generation potential of these untapped landfills is 210 billion cubic feet per year, with an electric potential of 1,165 megawatts.

In addition to their environmental benefits, landfill gas-to-energy systems' online reliability is typically more than 90 percent. The systems also act as long-term price and volatility hedges against fossil fuels.

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