Kentucky PSC approves landfill gas project of East Kentucky Power Cooperative

The Kentucky Public Service Commission on April 2 ruled that East Kentucky Power Cooperative doesn’t need a certificate of public convenience and necessity to build a 1-MW landfill gas-fired project.

In August 2014, East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) asked the commission to issue an order declaring that the Glasgow Landfill Gas to Energy Project be considered an ordinary extension of existing systems in the usual course of business. As part of the same application, EKPC and Farmers Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. requested an order approving a Capacity, Energy and Environmental Attribute Purchase, Sale and Interconnection Agreement dated Aug. 13, 2014.

Part of the application concerns a iandfiii gas to energy (LFGTE) facility with a rated capacity of 1 MW or less that EKPC seeks to construct at the Glasgow Regional Landfill. In support ofthe application, EKPC and Farmers submitted a Landfill Gas Purchase Agreement (LGPA) entered into by and between the city of Giasgow and EKPC on August 11, 2014.Pursuant to the LGPA, the city of Glasgow, which operates the Glasgow Landfill, agrees to sell to EKPC all of the existing or future iandfiii gas produced and collected at the landfill. The city of Glasgow will have the responsibility to maintain an active gas-collection system.

EKPC, per the LGPA, wili construct, operate, and maintain a LFGTE facility at or adjacent to the Glasgow Landfill and agrees to purchase all landfill gas produced and delivered to the LFGTE facility up to the design capacity of the faciiity. In the event that the Glasgow Landfill facilities recover more landfiii gas than EKPC can use at the LFGTE faciiity, EKPC, at its option, is aiiowed to expand the LFGTE facility and has a right of refusal for the purchase of any additional landfill gas.

The Glasgow LFGTE facility will interconnect to Farmers’ electric distribution system. During periods in which the LFGTE facility Is experiencing a planned or unplanned outage, EKPC will provide Farmers with energy as needed through a Wholesale Power Contract.

In approving EKPC’s request not to have to get a certificate of public convenience and necessity for this project, the PSC noted that on five prior occasions it has granted similar declarations for relatively small-sized LFGTE projects.

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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.