Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative and local guests on Nov. 7 celebrated the official start-up of the Livingston Renewable Energy Station at the Livingston Landfill, which is a 460-acre, Republic Services site just north of Pontiac in Illinois.
The newly refurbished 15-MW facility adds to Hoosier Energy’s clean energy power production portfolio serving electric consumers in Illinois and Indiana. Commissioned in 2001, the plant is powered by three Solar Caterpillar Taurus 60 turbine engines, said the Hoosier website. Energy from the plant is delivered to the electric grid through an interconnection with Commonwealth Edison.
“Landfill methane generation projects such as these are truly a winner for all concerned,” said Hoosier Board Chairman James Weimer who was joined by the cooperative’s CEO, Steve Smith.
“For several years, Hoosier Energy has pursued clean energy projects that make good economic sense and offer a reliable source of power for our members,” Smith said. “The Livingston Renewable Energy Station certainly fits well in that category.”
Republic’s Environmental Manager Eric Dippon and Hoosier Energy Vice President of Power Production Rob Hochstetler joined Smith and Weimer for ribbon cutting ceremonies.
Electricity produced at the plant from the landfill’s methane gas is enough to provide power for about 9,000 homes that typically use 1,200 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month. Methane consumed by the plant is equivalent to removing 500,000 tons of CO2.
Hoosier Energy, a Bloomington, Ind.-based power provider, purchased the facility in late 2011. Smith said the company partnered with the landfill owner and operator as well as Ameresco – the company that assisted in the facility’s refurbishment – to return the generating engines to like-new condition.
This is Hoosier Energy’s second landfill methane generation facility. The Clark-Floyd Landfill Methane Generation Project in southern Indiana was constructed in 2007, expanded in 2009 and produces 3.5 MW.
The Livingston Renewable Energy Station complements other Hoosier Energy generation efforts in Illinois. Holland Energy Plant, a natural gas-fired, 630-MW combined cycle power facility in Beecher City is operated in partnership with the Wabash Valley Power Assn. Hoosier also purchases hydropower produced on the Fox River near Dayton.
Not mentioned by Hoosier is the fact that the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is taking public comment until Nov. 15 on a draft air construction permit and Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) approval for Hoosier Energy REC on a 16-MW landfill gas project. The facility will be located at the Veolia ES Orchard Hills Landfill in Davis Junction. It would have six reciprocating engines and the capacity to generate about 16 MW. Hoosier Energy REC is an affiliate of Hoosier Energy.