Texas-based Waste Management, the largest residential recycler in North America and a developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States, has announced that its new landfill gas-to-energy facility at Eagle Valley Recycling and Disposal Facility in Orion, Mich., is complete and fully operational. Through an agreement between Waste Management and DTE Energy, the 3.2-megwatt (MW) facility is now generating enough electricity to power 2,700 homes in southeast Michigan.
The Eagle Valley facility collects landfill gas, which is generated as waste naturally decomposes. Up to 1,200 cubic feet per minute of landfill gas is channeled into two engines, producing electricity for the grid.
“Creating this facility ensures the waste we generate will be converted into a beneficial use,” said Chuck Cassie, senior district manager at the plant. ”As Michigan and the rest of the nation look to invest in renewable energy, landfill gas is becoming more attractive because it is reliable. It’s important for residents to understand that landfill gas at Eagle Valley means reliable green energy production for the future.”
Waste Management owns or operates 132 landfill gas projects in North America, and generates enough energy to power over 1 million homes. The company aims to double its waste-to-energy services by 2020. In addition to landfill gas-to-energy operations, Waste Management’s landfills also supply power to local businesses, including the General Motors assembly plant in Orion and a Ford Motor Company stamping plant in Wayne County, as well as for soybean dryers at a West Michigan business.