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Project Profile

East Kentucky Power Co-op Green Power Program

  Self Developed (Absence of third party developer)

Walton, Kentucky
End User(s):
East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC)
Bavarian Trucking Company Landfill
Landfill Size:
4.86 million tons waste-in-place (2007)
Project Type:
Reciprocating Engine (four Caterpillar G3516s)
Project Size:
3.2 megawatts (MW)
Environmental Benefits:
Carbon sequestered annually by 29,000 acres of pine or fir forests, annual greenhouse gas emissions from 26,000 passenger vehicles, or carbon dioxide emissions from 316,600 barrels of oil consumed. Annual energy savings equate to powering 1,900 homes. Estimated emissions reductions of 0.0371 million metric tons of carbon equivalents.
LMOP Partners Involved:
Caterpillar, Inc., East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC), TerraPass, Inc.
Last Updated:

Photo of four Caterpillar reciprocating engines used to generate electricity at the East Kentucky Power Co-op LFGE project at Bavarian Trucking Company Landfill in Kentucky.

The Bavarian Landfill located in Boone County, Kentucky went from a passive landfill gas (LFG) system to an active system producing 3.2 MW of power in one year. The East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) initiated, developed, and financed the project at a cost of $4 million, from which the cooperative expects a 10-year payback. The project came on line with two other EKPC projects at Green Valley (Greenup County, KY) and Laurel Ridge (Lily, KY) in September 2003.

The project's highlights include:

  • The plant is one of Kentucky's first power plants that will convert LFG to electrical energy.
  • Bavarian's collection and control system cost an estimated $1.5 million, for which the landfill expects to have a 15-year payback.
  • EKPC sells the resulting green power to four of its 16 cooperatives, who then offer green power to customers.
  • Generates clean, renewable energy.
  • Generates awareness of and demand for renewable energy.

EKPC is one of over a dozen electric cooperatives participating in EnviroWatts, a program in which customers can purchase green power. Green power programs are gaining in popularity as electric cooperatives and industrial and residential customers think more about their environmental impact.

I think the [EnviroWatts] program is going to have a tremendous impact. The positive impact of these facilities on the environment reflects positively on the effort of people at EKPC and our member co-ops who have contributed to the program's success. —Project Manager Ralph Tyree, quoted in an EKPC news release.

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