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Flathead Electric Cooperative – Landfill Gas Capture Project

Project Location

Kalispell, Montana

Project Type

Landfill gas capture

Generation Capacity

1.6 MW

Standard

Verified Carbon Standard

SDG Impacts

SDG 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
SDG 7 - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
SDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
SDG 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
SDG 12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
SDG 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an urgent call for action by countries in global partnership to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

 

Project Profile

Flathead Electric Cooperative Landfill Gas-To-Energy-Project

3Degrees managed project

 

The Flathead County Landfill, located in Northwest Montana, roughly 30 miles outside of Glacier National Park, is turning a harmful landfill byproduct into energy. In 2009 the landfill collaborated with the Flathead Electric Cooperative to build the first methane gas-to-energy project in the state. This project, previously used a flare to burn the emitted methane, a greenhouse gas that is 25x more potent that carbon dioxide. With this upgrade, the facility now uses a vacuum system to extract the methane from the waste within the landfill.

The system captures and filters the gas to remove liquid and particulates, then burns it in a 20-cylinder engine. Burning methane drives the 1.6 MW electric generator, which is connected directly to Flathead Electric’s distribution system. The utility is able to use the electricity generated from this project to service its customers – roughly 1,600 households.

The project has an estimated 15-year lifespan. Currently, the landfill only uses a portion of the 150 acres permitted for waste acceptance. With room to expand, facility managers may add wells and a second generator gas flow increases. 3Degrees manages the monitoring, reporting, and verification of this project. As part of the project management and services agreement, 3Degrees also has exclusive ownership of the project’s carbon offset credits.

 

CO-BENEFITS:

Environmental:

The Flathead Electric Cooperative Landfill Gas-To-Energy Project drastically reduces local greenhouse gas emissions.

Health:

A reduction in indoor air pollution from the switch has improved working conditions for factory employees.

Economic:

The Flathead Valley community benefited from the construction and continued operations and maintenance jobs related to the project.

 

Link to a virtual tour of the Gas-To-Energy project.

 

Flathead County Landfill, located in Northwest Montana. Photo courtesy of www.terrapass.com.

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