March 8, 2012
Landfill gas-to-energy project will create enough renewable energy to power nearly 1,000 homes
Gov. Nixon and KCP&L cut ribbon on renewable energy project in St. Joseph
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - Gov. Jay Nixon, St. Joseph city officials and officials with KCP&L today celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the completion of a renewable energy project at the City of St. Joseph landfill. The project will turn landfill gas into renewable energy.
Gov. Nixon was joined by officials from KCP&L and the city of St. Joseph to cut the ribbon on an energy-generating project at the city landfill.
KCP&L received a $450,000 renewable energy biogas grant from Gov. Nixon's administration to assist in the implementation of a landfill-gas-to-electricity project at the landfill. The city will operate and maintain the methane gas collection system. The plant will convert the captured gas into enough electricity to power nearly 1,000 homes annually. The plant is KCP&L's first landfill gas generation facility.
"Using Missouri-based renewable resources to generate heat and electricity creates jobs, boosts local economies, and bolsters our energy security by reducing our dependence on foreign sources of fuel," Gov. Nixon said. "Companies like KCP&L are enhancing their portfolio of renewable electricity generation, and it is great to see this project completed."
The landfill gas-to-energy project consists of 47 new wells that condense and collect the landfill gas. A 1.6-megawatt reciprocating engine/generator converts the gas into electricity, which is then distributed throughout KCP&L's electric grid.
"This project has expanded the current collection system, and is yet another way this regional landfill is protecting the environment through its many environmental protection programs," St. Joseph City Manager J. Bruce Woody said.
Gov. Nixon's administration has made Energize Missouri Renewable Energy Biogas Grants available through funding received from the U.S. Department of Energy's State Energy Program. These grants support agricultural and industrial projects that use anaerobic digestion-to-energy systems and landfill biogas-to-energy projects to produce biopower, bioheat or other forms of bioenergy. The program is administered through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.