Refurbished landfill gas project opens in Illinois

By Staff | December 30, 2013

A landfill gas-to-energy plant 100 miles southwest of Chicago that had sat idle since 2006 is back on line after being purchased and refurbished by Hoosier Energy. The 15-MW facility is located at the 460-acre Livingston Landfill near Pontiac, Ill. 

Previously owned by American Disposal Services, a Republic Services company, Indiana-based Hoosier Energy purchased it in late 2011 and partnered with landfill owner Republic and Ameresco Inc. to refurbish the plant’s three Solar Caterpillar Taurus 60 turbine engines. 

"Cooperatives have a long tradition of working with local communities and this project is no exception. We've had great support, encouragement and local involvement from Livingston County, Pontiac and other local communities," said Rob Hochstetler, Hoosier Energy vice president of power production.

Hoosier Energy also owns the 3.5-MW Clark-Floyd Landfill Methane Generation Project in southern Indiana, which was constructed in 2007 and expanded in 2009.