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Lycoming County Receives Award for Landfill Energy project
By Kathy Kolb
May 8, 2014
A partnership between Lycoming County, the Federal Bureau of Prisons and PPL Renewable Energy has resulted in an environmental award for the county’s landfill gas-to-energy project. The Lycoming County landfill gas-to-energy plant earned the Pennsylvania Governor’s award for Environmental Excellence from the Department of Environmental Protection. “The project reduces emissions, provides reasonably-priced electricity to the Federal Bureau of Prisons and helps the federal government meet its renewable energy goals,” said Commissioner Jeff Wheeland for Lycoming County. “We’re honored to have received so much recognition for this community project.”
The 6.4-megawatt project uses methane gas from the county’s landfill to produce electricity for the nearby Allenwood Federal Correctional Complex and electricity and heat for county buildings. PPL Renewable Energy designed and constructed the project, and continues to operate and maintain it. PPL Renewable Energy also designed, permitted, and built a 2-mile electrical distribution line from the plant to nearby Allenwood. The project also creates 50,000 renewable energy credits annually that help the Federal Bureau of Prisons meet its federal renewable energy goals. “A solid relationship between all of the partners is what makes projects like this one successful,” said Michael Kroboth, president of PPL Renewable Energy. “Those relationships enable us to creatively tailor our project to the needs of our customers.” Lycoming County Resource Management Services, a Division of Lycoming County Government, has been operating the landfill since 1978. The 513-acre site is located on property owned by the Federal Bureau of Prisons adjacent to the Federal Correctional Complex Allenwood. This regional site serves Lycoming County as well as Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Columbia and Union Counties. More information is available at www.lyco.org PPL Renewable Energy, a subsidiary of PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL), develops, owns, operates and maintains renewable energy projects in the northeastern United States. PPL continues to develop solar, biogas, wind and other renewable energy. More information is available atwww.pplrenewableenergy.com. The Federal Correctional Complex Allenwood is situated in Pennsylvania in the foothills of the northern Allegheny Mountains. It is located 2 miles north of Allenwood on U.S. Route 15; 11 miles south of Williamsport; and 197 miles north of Washington, DC. The complex consists of a low and medium security Federal Correctional Institution and a high security United States Penitentiary. More information is available at www.bop.gov. Photo attached – description: Pictured, from left, are Lycoming County Commissioner Jeff Wheeland; state Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township; and county Commissioners Tony Mussare and Ernie Larson.