North Carolina approval sought for landfill gas-fired power project

Upper Piedmont Renewables LLC filed a Jan. 16 application with the North Carolina Utilities Commission for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity on a landfill gas-fired power plant using two CAT 3520 reciprocating engine/generators to produce electricity.

The fuel used to fire the gensets will be landfill gas supplied by the Upper Piedmont Landfill in Person County. “The facility will operate as a 24/7 base load power producer,” the application noted. The $11m plant would have a gross capacity of 3.932 MW. The projected in service date is in December 2015.

All the electricity will be sold to Piedmont Electric Membership Corp. and bundled with the renewable energy credits (RECs) produced.

A project contact listed in the application is: Upper Piedmont Renewables LLC c/o Evensol, David Wentworth, 15820 Barclay Drive, Sisters, OR 97759, Office: 541-549-8766 Ext 239, Mobile: 412-303-0030, Email:

Said the Evensol website: “Environmental Energy Solutions (‘EVENSOL’) will pursue renewable energy assets requiring special attention to technical detail, flexibility in commercial and financial contract structure, process challenges, environmental limitations, and other factors constraining large project portfolio owners not fully integrated in the design and operations of such facilities.”

The website said about Wentworth: “David Wentworth is co-founder of Environmental Energy Solutions, and was founder and President of Renewable Solutions Group, LLC, an award-winning renewable energy development firm, with principal focus on the development, design, construction and ownership of renewable fuels-based biomethane projects.”

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