North Carolina commission okays certificate for 4-MW landfill gas project

The North Carolina Utilities Commission on Sept. 17 approved a Jan. 16 application from Upper Piedmont Renewables LLC for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity on a small landfill-gas-fired power plant.

“After careful consideration of the entire record in this proceeding, based on federal and State policy and the demonstrated economic benefits of such facilities, the Commission finds that construction of the proposed 3.932-MW landfill gas generating facility is in the public interest and justified by the public convenience and necessity as required by [state statute],” said the Sept. 17 order.

This power plant would use 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 projected in service date in December 2015.

All the electricity will be sold to Piedmont Electric Membership Corp. and bundled with the renewable energy credits 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: Dwentworth@evensol.com.

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.”

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