COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
Dept. of Environmental Protection
Commonwealth News Bureau
Room 308, Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg PA., 17120
DEP, PENNDOT Support
Recovery, Use of Landfill Methane Gas for Energy, Heating, Fuels
26 September 2007 HARRISBURG -- The commonwealth is
making highway right-of-ways available for landfill gas pipeline
projects, further encouraging and promoting the recovery and use of
this emerging source of renewable energy.
“Putting landfill gas to use to power our economy gives us a clean,
cheap energy supply that businesses can use to keep utility costs
down and keep jobs in Pennsylvania,” Environmental Protection
Secretary Kathleen A. McGinty said.
“Supporting the increased development of landfill
methane gas is another example of the Governor’s commitment to using
environmental protection to drive economic development.”
DEP and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation are taking
additional steps to make landfill methane available to users by
streamlining the permitting process for methane gas pipeline
The agencies partnered to
facilitate the use of state highway rights of way for landfill gas
“By developing guidelines for use of state rights of way for
pipelines, PennDOT is able to both protect drivers and our roadway
assets and to assist with projects that enhance economic
competitiveness and energy independence,” PennDOT Secretary Allen D.
The demand for expedited permitting was demonstrated by the
Lanchester Landfill Gas Utilization Project developed by Granger
Energy, which was named Partner of the Year in 2005 by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program.
The Lanchester project was the first in
Pennsylvania to deliver landfill gas to multiple users.
By providing customers a clean, reliable and
affordable energy source, the venture has been important to ensuring
the competitiveness of and retaining jobs at four major
manufacturing enterprises --- Dart Container, Advanced Food
Products, L&S Sweeteners and New Holland Concrete --- in
The project comprised 13 miles of pipeline and required many
environmental and construction permits.
he pipeline route encompassed
both active and former railroad lines that traverse farms, parks,
commercial and residential developments, and a historic community.
Land easements along the
railroad were complicated by century-old deed restrictions and land
The completed pipeline crosses
over 75 land easements and 35 road crossings en route to its
Governor Edward G. Rendell has focused efforts on capturing the
methane and piping the landfill gas directly to serve businesses to
keep jobs in Pennsylvania.
DEP previously streamlined permitting processes
both for landfill gas recovery systems and end users to encourage
and foster use of the resource.
Pennsylvania provides a wide array of support to landfill gas
recovery projects and to end users of landfill methane.
EPA recognized Pennsylvania as
the State Partner of the Year in 2005, citing the commonwealth’s
financial and technical support for developing landfill methane use.
Through the Pennsylvania Energy Harvest Grant Program and the
Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority, Governor Rendell has
invested more than $1.5 million in landfill gas projects.
The Alternative Fuels Incentive
Grants program has provided another $1.3 million for development of
landfill gas as a transportation fuel.
Pennsylvania is home to 24 operational gas-to-energy projects.
DEP estimates these projects
generate 60 megawatts of electricity, enough to power more than
38,000 homes for a year.
landfill-gas-to-energy projects reduce emissions equivalent to
taking 47,027 cars off the road, offset the use of 1,202 railcars of
coal, prevent the use of 570,332 barrels of oil and equal the
beneficial effect of planting 72,448 acres of forest.
Additional Pennsylvania support for development of landfill gas
projects includes the Pennsylvania Landfill Methane Database to
catalog landfills and landfill gas projects so that access to this
energy feedstock is made easy.
The DEP also worked with EPA to
develop a Primer for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for Developing
Landfill Gas Utilization.
Landfill gas was also included as a preferred energy source in the
Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard created by Governor Rendell
and the legislature.
The standard ensures that 18
percent of the state’s electrical power will come from alternative
energy sources within 15 years.
By including landfill gas in
the standard, Pennsylvania gave electricity providers a strong
incentive to invest in landfill gas projects.
For information about landfill methane gas, visit
site Keyword: “Energy.”
For more information on
occupancy permitting, visit its Web site and search for
“Occupancy Permit Information.”
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA