PPL Partners With Vermont Landfill
to Develop Renewable Energy Generating Facility
Nov 8, 2007 - PRNewswire-FirstCall
PPL Renewable Energy, a subsidiary
of PPL Corporation , will develop and install a 4.8-
megawatt methane-to-electricity power generation
system at the Moretown Landfill in Moretown, Vt.,
the company announced Thursday (11/8).
Moretown Landfill, a subsidiary of Highstar Waste Holding Corp., will provide
2.4 million cubic feet of methane gas every day to power Caterpillar generators
at the 200-acre facility.
Methane-to-energy systems at landfills have a dual
benefit for the environment -- they generate electricity
from renewable fuel while also eliminating emissions
of methane, a gas that contributes to global warming.
Methane is created when refuse in landfills decomposes.
"This project is consistent with our company's
vision of being the best possible partner to all
of our constituencies, local communities, customers,
employees and shareholders," said Frank E. Celli,
chief operating officer of Highstar Waste Holding
Corp. "By developing this project with PPL Renewable
Energy, the Moretown Landfill creates a beneficial
use for a naturally occurring byproduct of our waste
management operations and reduces greenhouse gas
The power generated by the facility will be sent
to the electricity grid and will power the equivalent
of 3,000 homes. The companies expect the project
to be operational by Dec. 31, 2008.
"We're excited to be partnering with HWHC on
this project that captures a valuable fuel that would
otherwise be wasted and uses it to generate electricity," said
Steve Gabrielle, business development manager for
PPL Renewable Energy. "When completed, this
plant will prevent the equivalent of 29,000 tons
of carbon dioxide emissions each year. That's equal
to removing 40,000 cars from the road or planting
57,000 acres of new forest."
PPL Renewable Energy already has developed renewable
energy projects that total more than 15 megawatts
of generation -- enough to power 12,000 homes. These
include solar panel installations and landfill gas
projects in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
In addition, PPL purchases energy from the 24-megawatt
Bear Creek wind farm near Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and
the 26-megawatt Locust Ridge project in Mahanoy City,
Pa. Other projects -- including new solar, landfill
gas, wind and biomass -- are under development by
PPL Renewable Energy, a subsidiary of PPL Corporation,
develops, owns, operates and maintains renewable
energy projects in the northeastern United States.
The company will invest at least $100 million in
additional renewable energy projects in the next
PPL Corporation, headquartered in Allentown, Pa.,
controls more than 11,000 megawatts of generating
capacity in the United States, sells energy in key
U.S. markets and delivers electricity to about 4
million customers in Pennsylvania and the United
Kingdom. More information is available at http://www.pplweb.com/.
HWHC is the largest privately held vertically integrated
solid waste company in the northeastern U.S. HWHC
is based in Sloatsburg, N.Y., and controls over 3,400
tons per day of nonhazardous solid waste through
its collection operations and transfer stations.
HWHC owns or operates 12 transfer stations and five
state-of-the-art landfills with operations in New
York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and
HWHC is majority owned by funds managed by AIG Highstar
Capital (Highstar), a private equity management team
sponsored by AIG Investments. Highstar seeks investment
opportunities in infrastructure-related businesses
with growth and value enhancement opportunities.
In addition to its investments in solid waste management,
Highstar has invested in natural gas transmission
and storage, power generation, waste-to-energy, water
and waste water utilities, and marine port assets
and operations. The Highstar Funds are based in New
York City and Houston.