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July 17, 2012, Webinar: Landfill Gas-to-Energy Projects

This webinar, held July 17, 2012, provided information on the challenges and benefits of developing successful community landfill gas-to-energy projects in Will County, Illinois, and Escambia County, Florida. Download the presentations below, watch the webinar (YouTube) or view the text version. Find more CommRE webinars.

Prairie View RDF Gas to Energy Facility: A Public/Private Partnership

Will County partnered with Waste Management, using a portion of the county's DOE Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funding, to develop the Prairie View Recycling and Disposal Facility. A gas purchase agreement was executed in 2010 and the facility became operational in December 2011. Waste Management provides monthly payments to the county based on the amount of gas generated from the landfill and flowing through the facility. As market conditions evolve, the County will share revenue 50/50 with Waste Management in addition to the gas payments.

Presenter Dean Olson has served as the Director of the Will County Land Use Department's, Resource Recovery & Energy Division (formerly Waste Services) for more than 15 years. Mr. Olson serves as the County's EECBG project manager, and has worked to implement many solid waste, recycling, and energy efficiency and outreach programs, while establishing a Green Team that has adopted an Energy Management Policy and Green Action Plans. He has served as the project manager in the creation of Will County's first Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan and in updating the County's Solid Waste Plan. Mr. Olson is the project manager for Will County's Prairie View Recycling and Disposal Facility and Gas to Energy Facility, which is now helping Will County create a funding source for post-EECBG energy efficiency projects. Mr. Olson is an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency-certified inspector, 40-Hour Occupational Safety and Health Adminstration-certified, and Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA)-certified as a Transfer Station Manager and Recycling Systems Manager. He holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a master's degree in Environmental Studies and has worked in the environmental sector for approximately 20 years.

Presenter Paul Pabor is Vice President of Renewable Energy at Waste Management in Houston, Texas, and has been with the company since 1994. The Renewable Energy group manages the 70 landfill gas to energy plants owned by the company, including operations, business transactions, construction of new projects, and marketing of renewable energy. Mr. Pabor has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Geotechnical Engineering, both from the University of Texas in Austin. He has 31 years of experience in various aspects of the municipal waste industry. Prior to joining Waste Management, Mr. Pabor was a consultant for 13 years, providing municipal solid waste services in permitting, design, operations, and compliance monitoring.

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Escambia County, Perdido Landfill Gas-to-Electricity Project

Escambia County's Perdido Landfill project, which has been operational since October 2010, generates income from the sale landfill gas to the Gulf Power company, the project's development partner. DOE funding provided for expansion of the gas collection system, while Gulf Power independently funded the plant. According to the county and Gulf Power, the partnership is unique because no third-party developer was involved, and the contractor who currently operates the plant for Gulf Power also operates the wellfield for the landfill.

Presenter Brent Schneider is the Engineering and Environmental Quality Manager at the Escambia County Department of Solid Waste where he oversees engineering projects and environmental compliance at the Perdido Landfill. He has experience in landfill design and permitting and prior to joining the county, he worked as a solid waste consulting engineer at Jones Edmunds. Mr. Schneider graduated from the University of Florida in 2005 and has a SWANA Manager of Landfill Operations certification.

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