Republic Services opens California landfill gas power plants

Republic Services (NYSE: RSG) announced Sept. 26 the opening of its latest Landfill Gas-To-Energy (LGTE) projects, with a total of 8.6 MW of capacity, involving its Forward and Vasco Road Landfills, both located in the Bay Area of northern California.

“Today represents a major milestone for clean, renewable energy in the state of California,” said Kevin Basso, general manager of Republic Services’ Forward Landfill. “This project was made possible by long-established relationships and strong community partnerships between Republic Services, Ameresco, and multiple agencies and local leaders.”

“These projects will create meaningful economic and environmental benefits in San Joaquin County,” said Bob Elliott, District 5 supervisor on the Joaquin County Board of Supervisors. “These projects stand to improve our local economy by bringing family wage jobs to our county, and helping to protect the local agriculture community.” 

Republic Services partnered with Ameresco on the design, development and management of the new projects. Republic Services and Ameresco have partnered on seven other projects nationwide, generating more than 65 MW.

“Republic Services is to be applauded for having the foresight to help advance both the Vasco Road Landfill and Forward Landfill projects to help meet their economic and sustainability goals through the measurable financial and energy benefits these initiatives provide,” said Michael Bakas, senior vice president of Ameresco. “In order to bring these projects to fruition, Ameresco partnered once again with Silicon Valley Power, a very progressive utility determined to provide the residents and local business community with clean energy at affordable prices.”

Republic Services operates 72 LGTE projects nationwide. Through its subsidiaries, Republic’s collection companies, transfer stations, recycling centers and landfills focus on providing reliable environmental services and solutions for commercial, industrial, municipal and residential customers.

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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.