Diesel and Gas-Engine Power Plants in the Eastern USA
Auburn Energy
Location: NY
Operator: Greenfield Energy LLC
Configuration: 2 X 1.57-MW J320GS engines CHP
Operation: 2010
Fuel: LFG, natural gas
T/G supplier: Jenbacher
EPC: Greenfield Energy LLC
Quick facts: This project was designed and built by Greenfield Energy for CH Auburn Energy LLC. It went commercial in Jan 2010 after 6mo of construction. The engines can run on 100% LFG or pipeline gas or any mixture of both fuels. The fuel system allows switching between fuel systems on the fly. In Sep 2011, CH Energy decided to sell the project to a group incuding Greenfield Energy.

Photograph courtesy of Greenfield Energy LLC
Posted 30 Nov 2014

Blackburn Landfill
Location: NC
Operator: Catawba County
Configuration: 3 X 1-MW JGC-320GS-LL engines
Operation: 1999
Fuel: landfill gas
E/G supplier: Jenbacher
EPC: I C Thomasson & Associates
Quick facts: These engines are part of the Catawaba Regional EcoComplex and Resource Recovery Facility. A $20.7mn wood gasification installation is planned to fuel a fourth Jenbacher engine.

Photograph courtesy of Catawba County
Posted 25 May 2011

Coventry Landfill
Location: NH
Operator: Washington Electric Cooperative
Configuration: 3 X 800 kW 3520 engines
Operation: 2005
Fuel: landfill gas
E/G supplier: Caterpillar
EPC: Innovative Energy Systems, Pizzagilli Construction

Photograph courtesy of Washington Electric Coop
Posted 10 Oct 2005

Curtis Yard
Location: MD
Operator: Ameresco Inc
Configuration: 4 X 1-MW 320 engines
Operation: 2009
Fuel: landfill gas
E/G supplier: Jenbacher
EPC: Aecom, SCS
Quick Facts: This is the first large-scale renewable energy project for the US Coast Guard and was opened on Earth Day, 22 Apr 2009. The scheme was developed by the USCG, the City of Baltimore, and Ameresco Federal Services per a $41mn, 15yr energy services and performance contract signed in Oct 2007, the largest such agreement in Coast Guard history. LFG is piped less than 1mi from Baltimore's 157ac Quarantine Road Landfill. This contains approximately 10mn tons of waste.

Photograph courtesy of US Coast Guard
Posted 19 Sep 2009

Easton
Location: MD
Operator: Easton Utilities
Configuration: 33 MW in 10 engines
Operation: 1954-1995
Fuel: diesel oil, natural gas
E/G supplier: Caterpillar, Fairbanks Morse, Nordberg, Kato, Ideal, Westinghouse
Quick Facts: Electricity service in Easton started in 1897 and the town took over distribution in 1915.

Photograph by C Bergesen
Posted 30 Jul 2005

Enoree Landfill
Location: SC
Operator: Greenville Gas Producers LLC
Configuration: 2 X 1.6 MW G3520 engines
Operation: 2008
Fuel: Landfill gas
E/G supplier: Caterpillar
EPC: Golder Associates, Advance One Development, Enerdyne Power Systems, Blanchard Caterpillar
Quick facts: This is a joint venture with the County of Greenville. Power is sold to Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke also purchased renewable energy credits. This was the first non-utility LFG project in South Carolina and has a new-design siloxane and gas treatment system. The project cost about $4.5mn and was financed by Caterpillar Financial Services and Greenville Gas Producers.

Photograph courtesy of Greenville Gas Producers LLC
Posted 21 Mar 2009

Finz Seafood & Grill
Location: MA
Operator: Finz Seafood & Grill
Configuration: 1 X 5 kW
Operation: 2008
Fuel: waste cooking oil
E/G supplier: ??
EPC: Owl Power Co
Quick facts: This is the launch Vegawatt™ power system which uses a packaged, fully-automated reciprocating engine to produce electricity and 15,000btu of hot water using waste cooking oil as fuel.

Photograph courtesy of Owl Power Co
Posted 21 Feb 2009

Lee County Landfill
Location: SC
Operator: Santee Cooper
Configuration: 3 X 1.8 MW J616GS engines
Operation: 2005
Fuel: landfill gas
E/G supplier: Jenbacher, Kato
EPC: Nixon Energy Solutions
Quick Facts: This $8.5mn facility is at Allied Waste’s 210-acre Lee County Landfill. The plant entered commercial operation 28 Feb 2005. It and is Santee Cooper's second landfill-gas power plant. Output is sold as part of the utility's Green Power program.

Photograph by Jim Huff and courtesy of Santee Cooper
Posted 16 Sep 2007

Prince William Landfill
Location: VA
Operator: NEO Prince William (Fortistar)
Configuration: 2 X 950-kW 3516 engines
Operation: 1998
Fuel: landfill gas
E/G supplier: Caterpillar
Quick Facts: This project in Manassas went into operation in Nov 1998. Since then, the amount of LFG genrated has increased by about 60%, and only about 25% of this can be used by the existing engines with the rest being flared. Three additional enegines are being installed.

Photograph courtesy of Prince William County
Posted 4 Sep 2013

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 12-Nov-2016

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