Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced they have officially started injecting renewable natural gas into the county’s pipeline, signaling the successful completion of its landfill biogas project. With a ribbon cutting to mark the occasion, the county’s landfill biogas facility is now able to turn trash and cow manure into renewable fuel and inject it into the interstate transmission pipeline so it can be bought and sold to power fleets of NGVs locally and across the United States.
“It’s exciting to have this first-of-its-kind project reach the finish line so our area can begin to reap the financial and environmental benefits of the renewable fuel our landfill now generates,” said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. “A huge thank you goes out to our partners and dedicated staff who made this possible. Dane County’s landfill biogas facility and offloading station will advance our clean lakes and air efforts and also benefit Dane County taxpayers.”
Dane County’s landfill biogas facility will displace 3,000,000 gallons of fossil fuels in the first year of operation, with this number growing to 4,000,000 gallons per year in future years. Due to biomethane having a lower carbon footprint, this is equivalent to taking 4,800 cars off the road. In addition to the facility’s environmental benefits, it is estimated that Dane County will generate enough revenue from the facility to payback its $28 million cost of the project in just a few years.
Dane County’s new facility also has a biogas offloading station to allow other biogas producers, like manure digesters, to inject their gas into the pipeline. This facility is the first in the nation to be able to receive biogas from multiple off-site locations and connect that renewable gas with biomethane stations locally and across the nation. Before being hauled to the landfill for injection into the interstate pipeline, the gas will need to be purified and compressed by the owner’s equipment.
Earlier this year, Parisi announced Kwik Trip as one of the primary dispensers of the renewable vehicle fuel generated by the county’s landfill biogas facility. Through Kwik Trip’s partnership with Dane County, the company will now be able to dispense renewable biomethane from the pipeline, sell it at the company’s growing list of fueling stations and refuel vehicles locally and across the Midwest.
Source: Dane County