Massachusetts’ Ameresco Inc., an energy efficiency and renewable energy company, today announced the landfill gas to renewable natural gas facility at Waste Management’s Woodland Meadows Landfill in Wayne has achieved EPA approval and is now in operation.
Ameresco designed, built, owns, and operates the biogas-to- renewable natural gas facility that was commissioned in November 2017.
The facility operates continuously. Blower stations draw the gas from the raw landfill gas to produce pipeline-quality gas for distribution in the local gas distribution system. It is then injected into the natural gas pipeline, where it can eventually be used in the vehicle fuel market.
“The project, one of the largest of its kind in the US, is unique both technically and commercially,” says Michael T. Bakas, executive vice president of Ameresco. “We are very proud of the focus and hard work our staff invested to bring this renewable energy project to fruition. Working with Waste Management and GAIN Clean Fuel to develop this facility has been a very rewarding experience. We look forward to a long-term partnership on this flagship project with these two incredible organizations.”
GAIN Clean Fuel has partnered with Ameresco and takes ownership of the renewable natural gas (RNG) distribution system and transports it for use within the transportation sector.
“RNG is one of the few alternative fuels that creates air quality improvements during the fuel production process and when used for actual transportation,” says Bryan Nudelbacher, director of business development at GAIN Clean Fuel. “This truly positions companies using renewable natural gas for sustainability success.”
Traditionally, landfill gas is flared onsite, but current technologies allow for the harnessing of this gas and its conversion into a cleaner renewable transportation fuel.
“Waste Management is proud to partner with Ameresco to recover valuable resources and create clean, renewable energy from the landfill,” says John Myers, director, operations at Waste Management. “It is gratifying to be involved in using disposed materials and transitioning them into tremendous environmental benefits.”
Waste Management is a Texas-based provider of waste management environmental services in North America. U.S. Gain is a supplier of renewable and compressed natural gas.