Glenn Barnes is a project director with the Environmental Finance Center based at the UNC School of Government.
In January, Lisa Stifler wrote in this blog about how some rural counties are using landfill gas projects to spur community and economic development. In particular, Lisa highlighted the EnergyXchange developed by Yancy and Mitchell Counties, the Jackson County Green Energy Park, and the Catawba County EcoComplex.
For other communities that are considering a landfill gas project, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency operates the Landfill Methane Outreach Program, a voluntary assistance program that helps to reduce methane emissions from landfills by encouraging the recovery and use of landfill gas as an energy resource.
The Landfill Methane Outreach Program recorded a webinar in 2009 that explains the environmental and economic benefits of landfill gas projects and outlines the resources available through the program. The presentation was part of the webcast and podcast series sponsored by EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program.
The Landfill Methane Outreach Program’s website features EPA’s Landfill Gas Energy Project Development Handbook, which includes a finance and economics chapter with guidance on the steps for performing site-specific economic analyses and guidance on the various financing alternatives available for landfill gas projects. The website also features information on all operational and candidate landfill gas projects in the United States. There are additional software tools and publications covering both the technical and management sides of landfill gas projects. And the outreach program has developed a primer that explains the state and federal environmental permitting processes, policies, and financial incentive programs for landfill gas energy projects in North Carolina.
Just last week, the Landfill Methane Outreach Program released the LFGcost–Web–Landfill Gas Energy Cost Model. This new software model helps communities evaluate the economic feasibility and job creation benefits of a landfill gas project. In order to access this particular tool, your community will need to register as a partner with the Landfill Methane Outreach Program.
Have you come across other interesting landfill methane projects in North Carolina or other valuable landfill gas project resources? If so, please contact me or post a comment to this blog.