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Project Profile

Newton County Renewable Energy Business Park LFG Direct-Use Project

LMOP Award Winner  Self Developed (Absence of third party developer)
Brook, Indiana
End User(s):
Urban Forest Recyclers
Newton County Landfill
Landfill Size:
18.9 million tons waste-in-place (2007)
Project Type:
Direct Thermal (4 direct-fire gas burners)
Project Size:
800 standard cubic feet per minute (scfm)
Environmental Benefits:
Carbon sequestered annually by 2,100 acres of pine or fir forests, annual greenhouse gas emissions from 1,900 passenger vehicles, or carbon dioxide emissions from 24,000 barrels of oil consumed. Annual energy savings equate to heating 2,700 homes. Estimated emissions reductions of 0.0027 million metric tons of carbon equivalents.
LMOP Partners Involved:
Cornerstone Environmental Group, LLC, CPL Systems Inc., Republic Services, Inc.
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Photo of landfill gas infrastructure at Newton County Landfill.

The Newton County landfill gas (LFG) energy project combines environmental benefits with local business initiatives. Not only does the project reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the landfill, it also generates enough energy to entirely support the first tenant in a newly developed business park intended to be fueled solely by renewable energy. Urban Forest Recyclers, a manufacturer of wholesale egg cartons, uses LFG in the drying process. As the business park grows, energy from the landfill is expected to support the energy needs of the entire park, hence its name: Renewable Energy Park.

CPL Systems and Cornerstone Environmental Group worked together to build the necessary infrastructure for the project, manage its gas collection and control system, and address the permitting requirements for Republic Services, the landfill's owner. CPL successfully designed a system to accommodate LFG flows starting at 2,000 scfm and potentially increasing to 16,000 scfm in the future, to cost-effectively expand to meet new demands of additional end users in the park while maintaining a requirement of 99 percent operational uptime. Uptime reliability is extremely important because the energy park is not planned to have any supplemental fuel source for its tenants.

An 1,800-foot pipeline transports the LFG to the business park, which was developed to bring more jobs to the county after some local manufacturing jobs left the area. By locating the business park close to the landfill, the project realized huge cost savings. In addition to the benefits to local business, this project has significant environmental benefits.

This project is an example of true sustainability. Recycled landfill gas provides energy to INIG's plant [Urban Forest Recyclers] that uses 100 percent recycled raw material that it transforms into new useful egg cartons. —Terry Zona, General Manager, Republic Services

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