Republic Services develops 3.2-MW landfill gas project in South Carolina

Republic Services Inc. (NYSE: RSG) announced April 2 its newest landfill gas-to-energy (LFGTE) project located at the Upstate Regional Landfill in Union County, South Carolina.

The project consists of two reciprocating combustion engines that generate 3,200 kilowatts of energy for the local electric grid. LFGTE projects typically involve capturing methane which is generated when waste decomposes within a landfill. 

“Landfills are essential infrastructure in any community, but their value to society goes well beyond disposal,” said Jamey Amick, area president of Republic Services. “Today’s landfill can help to regenerate air, water and land in a local ecosystem, and in many cases it can create a renewable power source from waste decomposition.”

A Republic Services subsidiary, Republic Services of South Carolina LLC, partnered with Lockhart Bioenergy LLC, an affiliate of Lockhart Power Co., and Pacolet Milliken Enterprises Inc. to develop the Upstate Regional LFGTE project. Lockhart Bioenergy will operate the plant, and its output is being purchased by Duke Energy

“Together with Pacolet Milliken’s other renewable energy projects, the facility will contribute to the company’s ongoing corporate sustainability efforts to become a leader in implementing renewable power alternatives,” said Richard Webel, president of Pacolet Milliken, the parent company of Lockhart Power.

“We are pleased to bring another renewable energy facility to South Carolina,” said Bryan Stone, chief operating officer at Lockhart Power. “The facility not only generates renewable clean energy for customers in Union County and surrounding areas, but it’s also a great economic development tool for attracting industries tailored for green initiatives to our area.”

Republic Services and its subsidiaries operate 73 landfill gas-to-energy projects nationwide. Republic Services of South Carolina employs 115 people who serve more than 4,500 commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout nine counties in Upstate South Carolina. Republic Services and its subsidiaries operate the Upstate Regional Landfill, Greenville Construction & Demolition Landfill, Greenville Transfer and Processing Facility, and Laurens County Transfer Station in the area.   

Lockhart Power is an investor-owned public utility servicing Upstate South Carolina since 1912, with more than 99% of its power generated from renewable sources. Lockhart Power provides reliable and cost-effective electric service to its retail and wholesale customers, while also providing renewable energy to the City of Columbia and Duke Energy Carolinas.

Pacolet Milliken Enterprises is a private, family-owned investment company founded in 2007 by the shareholders of Milliken & Company with a forward-looking mission to secure and grow high-quality assets with enduring value in the energy and real estate markets.

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