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GE Jenbacher Landfill Gas Engines Generate Renewable Electricity For Grid

Posted on December 17, 2009

Renewable energy production initiatives in North Carolina, U.S.A. recently received a boost with the formal opening of a new landfill gas-to-energy plant in Durham, the state’s fourth largest city. Built by the landfill gas project developer Methane Power Inc., the energy plant is powered by three of GE’s containerized JGC 320 Jenbacher landfill gas engines.

GE’s Jenbacher landfill gas engines are generating 3.17 MW of renewable electricity for the regional grid by utilizing the landfill’s methane gas, which is created by the decomposition of municipal solid waste. The facility is generating enough energy to support about 1800 North Carolina homes. North Carolina is one of 27 states with a renewable portfolio standard (RPS), which requires utilities to produce a certain percentage of electricity from renewable sources, including biogas.

Nixon Energy Solutions, GE’s Jenbacher gas engine distributor for North Carolina, delivered and installed the Jenbacher units for Methane Power’s Durham plant. GE and Nixon Energy Solutions also will provide follow-up services, including parts and systems maintenance, for the entire operating life of the power plant.

Commissioned in October 2009, the Durham landfill gas project is the first of eight new U.S. landfill gas plants that Methane Power plans to develop. Methane Power already has ordered three additional Jenbacher landfill gas engines that will be installed at two other sites in North Carolina. Electricity generated by the Durham landfill energy plant is being sold to Duke Energy Carolinas under a power purchase agreement.

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