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Project Profile

Jefferson City, MO Renewable Energy Project

LMOP Award Winner
Jefferson City, Missouri
End User(s):
Columbia Water and Light, Jefferson City and Algoa Correctional Centers
Utility, State
Jefferson City Sanitary Landfill
Landfill Size:
3.8 million tons waste-in-place (2006)
Project Type:
Combined Heat and Power (cogeneration) (three GE Jenbacher JMS-320 engines)
Project Size:
3.2 megawatts (MW) and 13 million British thermal units per hour (MMBtu/hr)
$480,000 to $700,000 annually by the state
Environmental Benefits:
Carbon sequestered annually by 4,200 acres of pine or fir forests, annual greenhouse gas emissions from 3,800 passenger vehicles, or carbon dioxide emissions from 46,200 barrels of oil consumed. Annual energy savings equate to powering 1,900 homes and heating 1,400 homes. Estimated emissions reductions of 0.0054 million metric tons of carbon equivalents.
LMOP Partners Involved:
Ameren, Ameresco, Inc., Aquaterra Environmental Solutions, Inc., City of Columbia, MO, GE Energy - Jenbacher Gas Engines, Northeast Energy Systems, Republic Services, Inc.
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Diagram of the Jefferson City LFG energy project.

In Jefferson City, Missouri, perseverance pays. Ameresco overcame initial barriers and assembled a winning team that developed a multi-benefit landfill gas (LFG) energy project—creating jobs, demonstrating LFG as renewable energy, and benefiting the community. The project that began in search of an end user now has three.

Efforts to utilize LFG from the Jefferson City Landfill came to life when voters in Columbia, Missouri adopted a renewable portfolio standard (RPS). The RPS requires the city's utility to generate or purchase electricity from renewable energy sources. Ameresco proposed a winning 3.2-MW LFG renewable energy facility to help Columbia Water and Light (CW&L) meet the RPS—supplying CW&L with 2 percent of their power needs.

When the State of Missouri expressed a renewed interest in obtaining renewable energy, project developer Ameresco redirected the project. With two state-owned correctional facilities located nearby, Ameresco decided to locate the electricity generation facility at one of the correctional facilities, rather than at the landfill. This enabled heat recovered from the generators to heat water for both correctional facilities. The cogeneration opportunity required Ameresco to design and permit a 3-mile pipeline and obtain multiple easements—a "huge logistical challenge" that took nearly a year.

In the end, the project created ~10 long-term jobs; reduced emissions of methane, nitrous oxide, and sulfur dioxide; and gained national recognition. Missouri State governor Jay Nixon performed the ribbon cutting. Plus, the project was featured at a White House meeting hosted by the Treasury Secretary and Energy Secretary. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the project was awarded a $2.3 million grant in lieu of tax credits for creating jobs and expanding clean, renewable energy for the nation.

For Columbia Water and Light and the City of Columbia, Missouri, purchasing the power from this project helps us comply with the City's renewable portfolio standard by providing 2 percent of our electric portfolio. This project provides Columbia with a consistent, clean, green source of energy. —Darwin Hindman, former Mayor, Columbia, Missouri

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