Rumpke breaks ground on landfill gas-to-energy project in Ohio

By Rumpke | November 08, 2016

Brown County, Ohio, homes will soon get their electricity from a new source—Rumpke’s Brown County landfill.

Rumpke is partnering with Energy Developments (EDL) to construct a landfill gas-to-electric generating facility at the Brown County Landfill located at 9427 Beyers Road, Georgetown, Ohio, 45121. The 4.8 MW 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 Ohio.

“Rumpke has been on the forefront of landfill gas to energy projects,” said Bill Rumpke, Jr., president and CEO, Rumpke. “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. The Brown County system will be our third recovery system, and we are excited to see it come online.”

Landfill gas is produced through the natural process of decomposition. Currently, Rumpke recovers landfill gases through 80 gas wells throughout the site and directs the gases to a central flare system where they are destroyed.

“Recycling landfill gas allows us to reduce greenhouse gases produced at the site while at the same time providing the region access to a cleaner energy source. It’s a great example of elevating waste to a higher value-reuse as valuable energy,” Rumpke said. “We have been working toward this plant for years, and we are very excited to have found a long-term partner.”

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

Rumpke and EDL broke ground on the gas-to-energy plant Nov. 3 during a ceremony at the site. The plant is expected to be operational by April 2017.