CPS Energy begins taking power from new landfill gas plant

A 4.2-MW power plant at the Nelson Gardens landfill in Southwest San Antonio began commercial operations on April 1 and it is supplying power to CPS Energy, said the municipal utility in an April 24 blog post.

CPS Energy signed a 15-year agreement with Nelson Gardens Energy of Liverpool, N.Y., to purchase the power from the facility.

The landfill gas-to-electricity plant concept is not new to the energy industry, or to CPS Energy, the blog post noted. Customers began receiving power from the Covel landfill plant in 2005. Located adjacent to Nelson Gardens, that older plant generates 9.6 MW.

In addition to 13.8 MW of power from landfills, CPS Energy has contracts in place for more than 444 MW of solar and 1,059 MW of wind energy.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.