Republic Services and partners develop 20-MW landfill project in California

Republic Services (NYSE: RSG) announced April 30 a 20-MW landfill gas-to-energy (LFGTE) project located at the Sunshine Canyon Landfill near Los Angeles.

“Landfills play a more consequential role in society now than ever before,” said Ron Krall, area president of Republic Services. “Today’s landfill must be sophisticated, and leverage the power of science and engineering to help regenerate the local ecosystem. Sunshine Canyon Landfill has enabled growth in Los Angeles for decades, and now it will be there to help a great community achieve its sustainability goals.”

Republic Services partnered with Sunshine Gas Producers, a joint venture between DTE Biomass Energy and Aria Energy, to develop the Sunshine Canyon LFGTE project.

“This partnership is another example of how technology and simple, hard work can result in a project that’s good for the environment and the local community,” said Mark Cousino, president of DTE Biomass Energy. “It has been a pleasure working with Republic and Aria Energy to deliver California’s newest renewable energy facility.”

“Aria Energy is very pleased to join Republic Services and DTE Biomass in bringing online Sunshine Canyon, our 44th renewable energy project and sixth project with DTE Biomass,” said Richard M. DiGia, president and CEO of Aria Energy. “This project is directly aligned with our business strategy and will further help fulfill California’s 33 percent renewable energy goal through our investment in this baseload electric production facility.”

LFGTE projects typically involve capturing methane from biogas, which is generated by the decomposition of waste within a landfill. Republic Services operates eight LFGTE projects in the State of California, and 73 total LFGTE projects nationwide.

Republic Services is an industry leader in U.S. recycling and non-hazardous solid waste. Through its subsidiaries, Republic’s collection companies, recycling centers, transfer stations and landfills focus on providing effective solutions to make proper waste disposal effortless for their commercial, industrial, municipal, residential and oilfield customers.

DTE Biomass Energy builds and operates facilities that convert landfill gas, or methane, emitted from decomposing landfill refuse into beneficial energy such as electricity and steam. Ann Arbor, Mich.-based DTE Biomass Energy operates landfill sites across the United States. It is a subsidiary of DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE).

Headquartered in Novi, Michigan, Aria Energy provides baseload renewable energy to utilities and other customers across the United States. Aria Energy owns and/or operates a diversified portfolio of renewable energy projects across 16 states, collectively representing 265.9 MW-equivalent of baseload renewable energy capacity. The majority of Aria Energy is owned by power and energy private equity funds managed by Ares EIF Management LLC, a subsidiary of Ares Management LP.

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