Baltimore County today announced it has entered a new power purchase agreement with Energy Power Partners (EPP) for energy produced by methane gas captured at the Eastern Sanitary Landfill in Whitemarsh. In 2019, EPP purchased the gas-to-energy facility at the landfill and has since repurposed the site’s engines to more efficiently generate electricity from the produced methane. Through an agreement reached in June of this year the County will purchase energy produced at the facility, offsetting the power needs of County facilities and saving an estimated $285,000 in FY 21.
“Climate change poses one of the most significant threats to our state’s long-term health and prosperity. This new project will reduce Baltimore County’s carbon footprint and help meet critical renewable energy goals,” said Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “Baltimore County can and should be a leader in environmental sustainability and my administration will continue to innovate as we work to protect our shared environment for this generation—and the next.”
From the press release:
The methane capture generators will power the equivalent of 1,600 homes and prevent the equivalent of 10,400 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year. According to the EPA, the reduction of emissions is equivalent to any one of the below annual environmental benefits:
- Removing 2,000 cars from the road, or
- Planting 12,300 acres of forest, or
- Reducing consumption of 1 million gallons of gasoline
Under this first phase, the project is expected to generate 13 million kWh annually. The second phase of the project will add a third engine to increase energy production to 20 million kWh annually. Phase two of the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.
“With this project, Baltimore County is taking an important step towards embracing a vision for using our own renewable energy sources,” said Baltimore County Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Lafferty. “The challenges presented by climate change will grow in the years ahead and so we must continue to aggressively pursue sustainable solutions like this project to create a greener and cleaner future.”
For more information view the press release.