Mississippi Golden Triangle, 4-County Electric Power, TVA Generation Partners Site Wins National Award
January 27, 2012
STARKVILLE, Miss. – A Mississippi regional landfill participating in the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Generation Partners renewable power program has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as one of the nation’s top renewable generation projects.
The Golden Triangle Regional Solid Waste Management Authority is the recipient of a 2011 Project of the Year Award for its landfill gas-to-electricity project in northeast Mississippi. The project is one of three honored nationally by the EPA’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program for excellence, innovation, and environmental and economic benefits in landfill gas generation.
The winners were recognized Jan. 18 at the EPA Landfill Methane Outreach Program’s annual conference in Baltimore, Md.
The Golden Triangle project - Mississippi’s first landfill gas-to-electricity facility - began operating in October. The facility annually prevents more than 30,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and generates 1 megawatt of reliable green energy, enough to power 600 homes. TVA buys the power from 4-County Electric Power Association’s distribution system under the Generation Partners pilot program, which supports production of renewable energy within the TVA service area.
“We congratulate the Authority and commend 4-County EPA for their excellent work and cooperation in bringing this project to fruition,” said David Sparks, who manages renewable power and energy efficiency programs for TVA’s Mississippi District. “It is the largest TVA Generation Partners installation in Mississippi and a model of success for landfill gas-to-energy operations across the nation.”
Landfill gas is mostly methane, a potent greenhouse gas that can contribute to smog and cause odor problems. By capturing and using the landfill gas, the Golden Triangle facility reduces air pollution, minimizes safety risks such as explosions and taps into an otherwise wasted source of usable energy.
"Our landfill is now a community asset contributing to cleaner air and generating a local, less expensive fuel source,” said Jimmy Sloan, executive director for Golden Triangle Regional Solid Waste Management Authority. “We are proud to be part of TVA’s Generation Partners, and our project is a great success story for the Golden Triangle region and the entire state. It’s a real win/win for everyone."
The Golden Triangle site is Mississippi's first landfill gas-to-electricity project developed to support the regional electric grid, according to the EPA Landfill Methane Outreach Program database. The database counts more than 558 landfill gas-to-electricity projects throughout the United States that are producing a total of 1,727 megawatts of electricity.
The Golden Triangle Regional Solid Waste Management Authority also worked with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and the Mississippi Development Authority on the renewable power project.
TVA’s Generation Partners pilot program supports small-scale, renewable projects to provide locally produced renewable generation at the lowest cost possible. The pilot has about 811 projects now generating about 41 megawatts and another 533 projects approved but not yet completed, totaling another 79 megawatts.
For more information on EPA’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program, visit http://www.epa.gov/lmop/index.html.
Learn more about Generation Partners at http://www.tva.com/greenpowerswitch/partners/index.htm.
The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for business customers and distribution utilities that serve 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states at prices below the national average. TVA, which receives no taxpayer money and makes no profits, also provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists utilities and state and local governments with economic development.
Mike Bradley, Knoxville, (865) 632-8860
TVA Media Relations, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000