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Advanced Disposal and Energy Systems Group Transform Georgia Waste Into Fuel

Wednesday, February 27, 2013  |  Print Print

 

 

Valdosta, Ga. – Advanced Disposal Services, Inc. has partnered with Energy Systems Group (ESG), a wholly owned subsidiary of Vectren Corporation (NYSE: VVC) and a leading energy services provider, to develop a landfill gas facility at the Pecan Row Landfill in Valdosta, Georgia. ESG will design, build, own, and operate the facility, which will produce power by capturing landfill gas emitted from decomposing trash and using it as a fuel source to power generators. This renewable energy facility will qualify for a Federal investment tax credit and is expected to generate 4.8 megawatts (MW) or enough energy to power approximately 2,000 homes.

 

By capturing these landfill gases, this sustainable project is helping provide environmental benefits equivalent to the removal of emissions from more than 34,000 cars per year or the planting of about 38,000 acres of forest annually.

 

The power produced will be purchased by Green Power EMC, via a long term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). Green Power is a non-profit corporation comprised of 38 of Georgia’s member- owned electric cooperatives. Green Power EMC’s mission is to facilitate procurement and marketing of electricity from renewable sources in Georgia and make it available to its member cooperatives to complement their wholesale power portfolio.

 

“We’ve been fortunate to find great partners like Advanced Disposal and Green Power EMC to help bring innovative projects like this to fruition,” said Greg Collins, ESG president. He added, “ESG is proud to make this significant investment in the local community and to enhance the environment by converting waste into a power resource.” “The Pecan Row project is ESG’s third landfill gas project in Georgia, and our sixth in the United States,” Collins stated. “ESG continues to develop its renewable energy portfolio with innovative biogas projects such as anaerobic digesters and compressed natural gas fueling stations.”

 

“Being able to convert our landfill gas into reusable energy is a win for everyone: the environment, the energy users and the landfill. This landfill gas resource will provide a long term source of green renewable electricity for the citizens of South Georgia and fosters a collaborative partnership among key stakeholders in the field of electricity,” stated Gerald Allen, Advanced Disposal’s Landfill Vice President. “We’re in the business of a clean and green environment and successful projects such as this ESG partnership help us reach our sustainability goals everyday.”

 

“Green Power EMC is excited to continue our partnership with ESG at the Pecan Row county landfill,” states Jeff Pratt, President of Green Power EMC. He continues “this is the third landfill in our renewable energy portfolio bringing Green Power’s portfolio of renewables to over 32 MWs.” Pratt states “Green Power EMC is actively pursuing efficient approaches to increasing the supply of renewable energy to Georgia’s EMC members.”

 

Energy Systems Group (ESG), a wholly owned subsidiary of Vectren Corporation (NYSE:VVC), is a leading energy services provider that specializes in providing energy efficiency, sustainability, and infrastructure improvement solutions in the government, education, healthcare and commercial sectors. ESG also designs, builds and operates landfill gas processing facilities and cogeneration plants and offers a full range of waste-to-energy and renewable energy solutions. To learn more about ESG, visit www.energysystemsgroup.com.

 

Advanced Disposal is the largest privately-owned environmental services company in the United States providing integrated, non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, recycling and disposal services in the Eastern United States. Advanced Disposal currently owns and operates commercial, industrial, and residential solid waste collection operations, municipal solid waste landfills, transfer stations, and recycling facilities. Advanced Disposal is dedicated to preserving the environment and ensuring that all operations are conducted in a manner that follows all local, state, and federal laws in regards to environmental protection.  Advanced Disposal is headquartered in Northeast Florida and has operations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Wisconsin and the Bahamas. For more information regarding Advanced Disposal, please visit www.AdvancedDisposal.com.

 

Green Power EMC is a not-for-profit cooperative founded in August 2001 to support Georgia’s Electric Membership Corporations in their search for Georgia based renewable resources. The primary efforts of Green Power EMC have been to find, screen, analyze and negotiate power purchase agreements with Georgia-based renewable resource providers.  Green Power EMC was the first green power program in the state with green power resources online and operational in October 2003. For more information, visit www.greenpoweremc.com.

 

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MEDIA CONTACTS

Mary O’Brien, Advanced Disposal                                                   

Tel: (904) 616-5322, Email: mobrien@AdvancedDisposal.com

 

Marty Myers, Green Power EMC

Tel: (770) 270-7900, Email: marty.myers@greenpoweremc.com

 

Meram El Ramahi, Energy Systems Group

Tel: (812) 492-3734, E-mail: mramahi@energysystemsgroup.com