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Aria Energy completes RNG expansion

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Aria Energy has announced the completion of the expansion of its renewable natural gas facility (RNG) at the Seneca Meadows Landfill.

The expansion doubles the processing capacity of the facility to 6000 ft3/min, the equivalent of 50 000 gal./d of vehicle fuel. At full capacity, the RNG facility directly reduces methane emission from the landfill by the equivalent of over 33 000 tpy.

Landfill gas is produced naturally as waste decomposes and consists of roughly 50% methane and 50% carbon dioxide. The EPA requires that landfills of a certain size must destroy landfill gas in either a flare station or with a beneficial-use energy project to prevent it rising into the atmosphere where it would become a greenhouse gas 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Seneca Meadows pursued a solution that would turn a waste product into an asset. For over 20 years, Aria Energy, a leading provider of baseload renewable energy, has converted the landfill gas collected by Seneca Meadows landfill into useable forms of energy, helping NY meet its renewable energy goals.

Aria Energy financed, built and operates a 17.6 megawatt (MW) landfill gas to electric power generation facility, which has been operational since 1996. The electricity produced at the site reduces the need for electricity produced using fossil fuels. In 2014, Aria Energy commissioned the initial stage of the Seneca Energy RNG project, a 3000 ft3/min. expandable facility, which was the recipient of the EPA’s Landfill Methane Outreach Programme 2014 Project of the Year Award and earned Aria Energy the 2014 Energy Vision Leadership Awards.

Richard DiGia, President and CEO of Aria Energy said, “The Seneca Energy Project allows Aria Energy the opportunity to expand the use of renewable natural gas and reduce emissions.”

Kyle Black, District Manager for Seneca Meadows said, “We are proud of our 20 year strong partnership with Aria Energy. Together, we have reduced greenhouse gas emissions, conserved natural resources and helped to reduce our nation’s reliance on foreign oil. We’ve also teamed up to eliminate the energy bill for the Seneca Falls Central School District, with a savings of over US$60 000 annually.”

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