DoD Turns to Landfill Gas to Meet Renewable Energy Goal

August 17, 2012

At Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska, the military is turning landfill gas into electricity as part of efforts to reach its renewable energy goals.

The $26 million project will pipe methane from the Anchorage regional landfill and process it at a refinery on the installation — producing about 6.5 megawatts of power. One megawatt is enough to power 300 homes, according to the Energy Department.

The energy will account for 80 percent of the installation’s energy use in the summer and 55 percent in the winter and will save the Army and Air Force $32 million over the 20-year contract, according to the services.

Dan Gavora, CEO of Doyon Utilities, which manages energy use at 11 military installations, said in a statement that the first-of-its-kind project in Alaska will help the military move closer to its renewable energy goals.

He also said the Anchorage regional landfill is only one-third full, which means energy production can continue to grow.

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