Rumpke breaks ground on landfill gas-to-energy facility

Rumpke, Cincinnati, is partnering with Australia-based Energy Developments (EDL), with U.S. headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, to construct a landfill gas to electric generating facility at the Brown County Landfill in Georgetown, Ohio. The companies broke ground Nov. 3, 2016.

The 4.8 megawatt facility is estimated to produce enough electricity to power nearly 3,000 homes. The electricity will go directly from the site to American Municipal Power (AMP), Columbus, Ohio.

“We started harvesting landfill gas at our site in Colerain Township in 1986 and today it remains one of the world’s largest landfill gas to direct energy pipeline systems,” says Bill Rumpke Jr., president and CEO, Rumpke. “The Brown County system will be our third recovery system, and we are excited to see it come online.”

Currently, Rumpke recovers landfill gases through 80 gas wells throughout the site and directs the gases to a central flare system.

“We have been working toward this plant for years, and we are very excited to have found a long-term partner,” Rumpke says.

“The Brown County project fits in with our strategic growth plan to expand our U.S. renewable portfolio through the development of new greenfield sites,” says Steve Cowman, president and CEO of EDL’s U.S. operating business.

The plant is expected to be operational by April 2017.