Environmental Protection

Waste Connections Expands Landfill Energy Project

Waste Connections, Inc of Folsom, Calif., has entered into a long-term agreement to expand its landfill-gas-to-energy operations at the Potrero Hills Landfill in Northern California.

Under the 25-year agreement with DTE Biomass Energy, landfill gas will be recovered and converted into renewable electric power. The project is expected to produce enough electricity to power approximately 7,000 homes per year.

"We currently have 17 renewable energy projects either operating or in development that are expected to produce almost 40 megawatts of power and 10,000 cubic feet per minute of pipeline quality gas. We also have more than 15 additional landfills that either qualify or could qualify for carbon emission credits and potentially be developed into future renewable energy projects," said Jim Little, Waste Connections' senior vice president – Engineering and Disposal.

"We are proud to be partnering with Waste Connections at the Potrero Hills Landfill to produce a long-term supply of sustainable renewable energy from an otherwise unused resource," said Mark Cousino, DTE Biomass Energy president.

Waste Connections, Inc. is an integrated solid waste services company that provides solid waste collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services in mostly secondary markets in the western and southern United States. DTE Biomass Energy, headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich., is a wholly-owned subsidiary of DTE Energy.

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