3.2 Megawatts of Electricity Produced Per Hour Could Meet the
Average Demand for Two Thousand Homes
Severn, Maryland (July 24, 2012) –United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of the Environment (DOE) officials joined Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold this morning at a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially announce completion of the $6.7 million Millersville Landfill Gas to Electricity Project. The alternative energy project becomes the tenth gas-to-electricity operation in Maryland and the second largest.
"Identifying projects that use alternative methods to produce energy instead of coal and crude oil is vitally important to the future health of our environment,” Mr. Leopold said. “This project enables us to power 2,000 homes in Anne Arundel County by generating electricity with the methane we previously collected, burned and discarded. I am proud that this is the second-largest site in the State and one of only 10 in the State. This project is an example of the kind of public-private partnership that pays dividends for taxpayers and the environment. I want to thank our partners, Landfill Energy Systems Inc., Arundel Community Development Services Inc., the Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.”
Newly installed Caterpillar®-brand engine generator sets designed to use the type of gas previously collected and combusted at the landfill will now produce approximately 3.2 megawatts of electricity per hour. Electricity produced from the generators are exported to the power grid under an agreement with BGE and PJM Interconnection, the company contracted to construct the electrical interconnection between the Millersville Landfill Gas to Energy plant and the BGE power grid. The new enclosed building is located in the center of the Millersville Landfill adjacent to the blower-flare station. The facility will include the two landfill gas powered engine generator sets, a gas compressor station, condensate removal, electrical switchgear and controls.
Construction of the project began in August of 2010 and was managed by the Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority, an independent agency of the State of Maryland assisting member jurisdictions in developing recycling, waste management and waste-to-energy projects. With the Authority’s assistance, the County hired Landfill Energy Systems, LLC (LES) to design, build, operate and maintain the plant. LES has been involved in more than two dozen similar projects throughout the United States.
Funding support was provided by a $2 million Energy Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, part of the appropriation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and $5 million in bonds. Arundel Community Development Services, Inc. (ACDS) is contracted to administer the County’s federally funded Community Development Block Grant Program.