PPL Renewable Energy permits landfill gas project in Pa.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) said in a May 3 notice that it intends to issue an Air Quality Plan Approval to PPL Renewable Energy LLC to allow the installation and initial temporary operation of a landfill gas to energy plant at the Chestnut Valley Landfill located in German Township, Fayette County.

Emissions sources include landfill gas treatment system, two landfill gas-fired reciprocating internal combustion engines, and associated two electric generators. No MW rating for this project is given in the May 3 notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

Potential emissions are not expected to exceed 43.0 tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx), 150.8 tons of carbon monoxide (CO), 8.8 tons of volatile organic compounds (VOC), 18.8 tons of formaldehyde (HCHO), 20.8 tons of total hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), and 18,154 tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e) per year. Best available technology (BAT) for the proposed landfill gas-fired engines is ultra-lean burn combustion technology and good combustion practices including the use of air/fuel ratio controllers and proper maintenance and operation.

All comments must be received prior to the close of business 30 days after the date of this publication. A public hearing may be held, if the Department, in its discretion, decides that such a hearing is warranted based on the information received.

Said an April 2013 system impact study from PJM Interconnection on this project: “PPL Renewable Energy LLC has submitted a System Impact Study Agreement that identifies its plan to construct a Footedale 12 kV (X4-042) Generation Project comprised of landfill gas generators to be located at the Veolia Chestnut Valley Landfill in McClellandtown, Pennsylvania. The installed facilities will have a total capability of 3.0 MW with 3.0 MW of this output being recognized by PJM as capacity and interconnecting with the 12kV line feeding the landfill.”

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