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Wisconsin waste-to-energy project opened

A 4.8 MW waste-to-energy project has opened at Veolia Environment North America's Wisconsin Hickory Meadows Landfill.

By Kari Williamson

“We are proud to partner with our sister Veolia company on our first renewable energy facility in North America. This is a significant project for our company and we are excited to see the plant in operation,” says Cyrille du Peloux, President and CEO of Veolia Energy North America.

“Not only will this innovative landfill gas-to-energy project further diversify the company’s mix of efficient energy assets, it will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the region.”

The annual capacity of the landfill waste-to-energy project is expected to be around 42 GWh. The facility features three landfill reciprocating engine generator sets with a capacity of 1.6 MW each, fuelled exclusively by the landfill gas.

The gas consists of about 50% methane and 50% CO2 and is generated through the anaerobic decomposition of organic material in a landfill.

“This project is a prime example of how the Veolia family of companies can take full advantage of our operational synergies and help the communities we serve turn their waste into a resource,” adds Richard Burke, President and CEO of Veolia Environmental Services North America.

“Landfill gas-to-energy projects are an important part of our own sustainability strategy, and this project is a natural extension of those efforts. We maintain a robust landfill gas-to-energy portfolio and are committed to developing more renewable energy projects across our footprint in North America.”

The power and the Renewable Energy Credits from the waste-to-energy plant will be sold to Wisconsin Public Service (WPS).

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