Global sustainable energy producer EDL and key project stakeholders Republic Services, NW Natural Renewables and Pennant Midwest have commenced operations at the Limestone Renewable Natural Gas Facility (RNG) near Youngstown, OH.
EDL has upgraded an existing landfill gas-to-energy (LFGTE) power plant to an RNG facility near Republic Services’ Carbon Limestone Landfill.
The new facility is designed to process and condition landfill gas (LFG)—a by-product of naturally decomposing materials in the Carbon Limestone Landfill—and is expected to ramp up to 1.7 million MMBtu (million British thermal units) of pipeline quality RNG in 2024.
EDL Chief Executive Officer – North America Richard M. DiGia said EDL was proud to leverage its waste to clean energy expertise to drive development and construction of the Carbon Limestone RNG project.
“The Limestone facility is one of the largest plants of its kind in North America. It captures landfill gas that would otherwise be wasted and converts it into renewable natural gas that is a clean fuel source for powering vehicles, heating homes through the natural gas system, or electricity generation,” Mr DiGia said.
“This facility is designed to produce volumes of RNG comparable to removing the emissions from 13,170 passenger vehicles from our roads each year.
“We’re pleased to be assisting a key customer to progress towards their goal of decarbonizing through renewable natural gas supply.”
Republic Services has set ambitious sustainability goals to reduce emissions and increase the beneficial reuse of biogas by 2030.
“At Republic Services, our vision is to partner with customers to create a more sustainable world now and for future generations,” said Republic Services Area President Chris Nie.
“Through our partnership with EDL, we are capturing gas that is created by decomposing waste in our landfill. This project allows us to convert that gas into a lower-carbon fuel source that reduces greenhouse gas emissions.”
NW Natural Renewables, a competitive RNG business, has agreements in place for a 20-year supply of RNG produced by the facility.
“We’re excited for this project to begin operations and start providing renewable natural gas to NW Natural Renewables and its customers,” said Mike Kotyk, President of NW Natural Renewables.
“We believe renewable natural gas will play a critical role in decarbonizing our energy system across North America and helping us reach our collective climate goals.”
Pennant will transport up to 6,000 MCF (thousand cubic feet) of RNG per day through its existing system from the landfill, redelivering the gas to EDL’s downstream markets. Pennant is a wholly owned subsidiary of UGI Energy Services (UGIES).