Tennessee Valley Authority Adds Biogas

Last year, we reported on the Tennessee Valley Authority’s involvement with an Iberdrola wind power project in Illinois. Now the historic power company is continuing to show that it’s in touch with the future of energy by broadening its renewables portfolio, courtesy of a landfill bio-gas facility owned by Waste Management Renewable Energy.

Under the terms of a 20 power purchase agreement, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) will add 4.8 megawatts of generating capacity to its renewables portolio via Waste Management’s landfill gas facility in Camden, Tennessee.  Waste Management Renewable Energy is the first participant in TVA’s new Renewable Standard Offer initiative for mid-size generators of biomass direct-combustion, co-firing or gasification; methane recovery and wind and solar projects with generation capacities between 201 kilowatts to 20 megawatts of electricity.

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The initiative was designed to accommodate projects too large for TVA’s Generation Partners program (developed for residential and small commercial customers that generate 200 kilowatts or less), helping the utility further its goal of keeping costs down over the long term while providing developers with the capital to help defray start-up and operating costs.

Waste Management’s bio-gas facility is scheduled to begin delivering power in September of this year through the Benton County Electric System in Camden, pending its satisfaction of all applicable environmental requirements and securing  of transmission arrangements.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.