Mississippi landfill gas plant wins recognition from EPA
Most people associate renewable electricity with the iconic images of wind turbines or solar power installations, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized that not all forms of green energy are so glamorous.
Electric Co-op Today reports that the EPA has presented the Golden Triangle Regional Solid Waste Management Authority Power Generation Project in Starkville, Mississippi, for its contributions to the region as part of its Landfill Methane Outreach Program.
The power plant burns methane from the breakdown of organic compounds in the landfill to provide 1 megawatt of power for the surrounding region. This gives the Tennessee Valley Authority access to cheap renewable electricity, while also reducing methane emissions, an important greenhouse gas.
"Our landfill is now a community asset contributing to cleaner air and generating a local, less expensive fuel source," Jimmy Sloan, the waste authority’s executive director, said in a statement. "We are proud to be part of TVA’s Generation Partners, and our project is a great success story for the Golden Triangle region and the entire state."
The EPA notes that more than 575 landfills already feature these innovative green energy plants, but nearly as many sites that meet all the requirements have not made the investment.