Renewable natural gas added to New York power facility

EIF Renewable Energy Holdings, a leading landfill gas-to-energy company, and Seneca Meadows Inc., a waste management company, announced July 23 the opening of Seneca Energy II, a landfill gas-to-renewable natural gas facility.

It is located at the Seneca Meadows Landfill in Seneca Falls, N.Y. The companies celebrated the opening of the facility at a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 22.

EIF Renewable Energy Holdings, through its subsidiary Innovative Energy Systems, built Seneca Energy II adjacent to the existing landfill gas-to-electric power facility that has been operational since 1996. Seneca Energy now consists of the existing 17.6-MW landfill gas-to-electric facility and the recently commissioned and operational renewable natural gas facility, which will produce the equivalent of 25,000 gallons of vehicle fuel per day.

The new renewable natural gas facility treats and refines landfill gas from the Seneca Meadows Landfill and converts it to pipeline-quality renewable natural gas (RNG). The RNG is then moved through the existing natural gas pipeline system.

“The opening of this innovative RNG facility is another positive step for the use of domestic renewable energy to drive cost-effective and cleaner energy production by enabling the conversion of landfill gas from waste into power generation and transportation fuel,” said Richard DiGia, President and CEO of EIF Renewable Energy Holdings.

“Seneca Meadows is proud to partner with EIF Renewable Energy Holdings for the development of another eco-friendly business in Seneca County,” said Don Gentilcore, Area Manager for Seneca Meadows.

Headquartered in Novi, Michigan, EIF Renewable Energy Holdings is one of the premier landfill gas-to-energy companies in the U.S. Through its mergers of Landfill Energy Systems, Innovative Energy Systems and Timberline Energy, the company has developed over 50 projects across the U.S. during the past 25 years building plants that meet strict air permitting regulations from New York to California, and has worked with both public and private landfill owners and 25 different utilities. It owns and operates a diversified portfolio of landfill gas projects across 17 states, collectively representing nearly 265 MWe of base load renewable energy capacity. The company’s portfolio includes 35 projects that produce electricity or pipeline-quality renewable natural gas.

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