DTE, partner wrap up 8-MW landfill-gas-fired project in California

Potrero Hills Energy Producers, a partnership between DTE Biomass Energy and Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, recently started generating electricity from an 8-MW landfill gas-fired project in California.

This new facility is at the Potrero Hills Landfill in Suisun City, Calif. DTE Biomass Energy, the developer and operator of the project, declared commercial operation of the 8-MW facility. The landfill is operated by Waste Connections Inc. of The Woodlands, Texas. This power goes to Pacific Gas & Electric under a long-term purchase agreement.

“We’re looking forward to working with our partner, Waste Connections, and becoming a valued member of the Solano County business community,” said Mark Cousino, DTE Biomass Energy president. “We’re proud to bring the latest in landfill gas technology to this project.”

The landfill gas-to-energy facility is equipped with advanced environmental controls that treat incoming landfill gas to reduce sulfur content prior to combustion, thereby reducing emissions of sulfur dioxide. Post-combustion catalytic reduction further lowers carbon monoxide and formaldehyde emissions.

“This project will help California meet its renewable energy goals and we’re proud to be a part of that,” said Ralph Walker, executive vice president, Pacolet Milliken Enterprises. “Converting waste to power is good for the environment and the community.”

Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., DTE Biomass Energy is one of the leading landfill gas-to-energy companies in the United States. The company owns and operates a diversified portfolio of landfill gas projects across eight states, collectively representing nearly 100 MWe of baseload renewable energy capacity.  DTE Biomass Energy is a wholly owned subsidiary of DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE).

Pacolet Milliken Enterprises is a private, family-owned investment company with a history that dates back, through Milliken & Co., to the 1860s. The Greenville, S.C.-based company was founded as a separate corporate entity in 2007 with a forward-looking mandate to preserve and grow its assets with a bias for quality and a multi-generational outlook.

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