Hoosier Energy to build fourth landfill gas-to-energy plant

By Anna Simet | August 27, 2015

Hoosier Energy and Randolph Farms Landfill have teamed up for a landfill gas-to-energy project in east central Indiana’s Randolph County.

The 156-acre Randolph Farms Landfill is located near Modoc, Indiana, with electric service provided by Whitewater Valley REMC, one of 18 distribution cooperatives that own Hoosier Energy. Hoosier will construct the 4.4-MW Cabin Creek landfill gas facility, which will be the fourth project of its kind of for the electric cooperative. It owns and operates two other landfill gas facilities—the 4-MW Clark-Floyd landfill methane gas project in Clark County, Indiana, and the 15-MW Livingston landfill-gas-to-energy facility near Pontiac, Illinois. A third, 16-MW plant at Orchard Hills landfill in Illinois, is scheduled to be in service in mid-2016, according to Hoosier Energy.

Hoosier also turns methane into power at its Osprey Point Renewable Energy Station in Sullivan County, Indiana, which captures coalbed methane to produce 13 MW of electricity.

Construction of the project is slated for this fall, with power production scheduled to begin in early 2017, according to Hoosier.

The $12 million project is being funded via renewable energy bonds.

Once the Cabin Creek project comes online, Hoosier Energy will be close to reaching its goal of providing 10 percent of member system power needs from renewable energy resources by 2025, the company reported.