New Project: LP Gill Landfill gas-to-energy Project

  • July 18, 2008
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The TerraPass project team is excited to bring you yet another project for public comment.

The L.P. Gill Landfill project is a beneficial use project that captures methane gas from the L.P. Gill Landfill and pipes it to a nearby ethanol plant. The project reduces the amount of methane that would have been released from a rural landfill serving a large part of northeast Nebraska and neighboring states. The methane is destroyed in a thermal oxidizer at the ethanol plant or in a backup flare at the landfill. We’re excited to support a positive use of waste gas, especially since the project directly uses the gas, a much more efficient process than electricity generation.

Please check out the project details and send any comments or questions to .

And don’t forget: the comment period on the Hilarides anaerobic digester project ends August 8th.

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  1. jeremy burnich - July 23, 2008

    It would be even more wonderful if they used that gas the way that the Jackson County Green Energy Park in North Carolina is using it. ( In an environment of impossibly high fuel costs projects like this are one of the few ways fuel intensive businesses like glass blowing studios can remain afloat. As a glass blower I am excited whenever I hear about projects that not only help the environment but also help artists manage the high cost of fuel.

  2. Ed - July 23, 2008

    Landfills are a waste. Waste-to-energy is a waste of energy.
    Communities need to move to zero waste.
    Kitchen, garden, paper, and wood waste should be separated out so that they can be composted or worm-farmed and returned to the land.

  3. Tom Arnold - July 24, 2008

    @jeremy: We agree glass blowing is a great application for landfill gas. Here, the gas is all used by the energy partner, but its a great thing for other facilities to explore.
    @Ed: Thanks for your comments. We’ll respond more formally at the end of the comment period, although we have made it clear that we support composting programs. While we support your goal of zero waste in the long term, this project is designed to create emissions reductions from the current system, not be the perfect waste solution.

  4. Ted O'Neill - July 24, 2008

    Thanks Tom for this important article. The key to the immediate future seems to me to be offsets on our current energy supply systems. Development takes stages, just as the calculator took many forms and technological progressions to evolve into the computer, we need to put into place energy offsets, such as using the methane gas energy from landfill sites described in your article. If at this point it supplements a portion of a fuel source in a controlled manner to reduce harmful emmissions as much as possible, then step by step, this may become a more practical alternative in certain regions. We can’t wait for the one now unknown single silver bullet to magically pop up, but incorporate other options and discover the real practicality. If in the long run it turns out to not be practical, at least we have a mindset to explore other ways to think about energy sources and maybe find out what may work for one region versus another and adapt. Evolution is the ability to adapt and change to one’s environment and not hang on to an old way that could result in tragic consequences.