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Update on the Landfill-Gas-To-Energy Plant

The Landfill-Gas-To-Energy (LFGTE) plant is now producing electricity at 90% of the capacity of the generator while final adjustments are made by Glasgow landfill operators and East Kentucky Power Cooperative.

The project began as a result of extensive discussion between Farmers RECC and the city of Glasgow.  Farmers RECC was interested in the production of energy from renewable sources and the city of Glasgow was interested in capturing the methane gas produced at the landfill.

East Kentucky Power owns, operates and maintains the plant. Farmers RECC designed, constructed, operates and maintains facilities that interconnect electrically to the plant.  EKPC is purchasing the methane gas from the City to power the generator and Farmers is purchasing all of the renewable energy produced by the facility.  

The methane being produced by the LFGTE project is powering approximately 550 local homes in Farmers RECC’s service territory.

The project was designed to be easily expanded as the landfill grows and more methane gas is produced and harvested to support adding an additional generator.

In addition, the LFGTE project is providing a backup source of power to the Glasgow Water Company’s recently expanded waste water treatment plant, saving them from having to make a considerable investment to provide their own backup power source.

If anyone is interested in a tour of the Landfill-Gas-To-Energy plant, please contact Caralyne Pennington at Farmers RECC at 270-651-2191.

A wide view of the completed Landfill-Gas-to-Electricity project. The flare used to burn off excess methane can be seen from the Cumberland Parkway when lighted.

Bill Prather, President and CEO of Farmers RECC, speaks to members of the City Council about the Landfill-Gas-to-Energy project and the benefits to Farmers RECC and the City of Glasgow. The project is generating enough electricity to power approximately 550 homes in the Farmers RECC service territory.

The technological system running the generator is constantly monitoring the purity of the methane gas entering the system, as well as the output of the engine.

Tim Jones, Landfill Gas Plant Technician at East Kentucky Power Cooperative, discusses the technology of the generator with Glasgow Mayor Dick Doty. The generator is only the second of its’ model in existence and runs 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.

Members of the Glasgow City Council toured the Glasgow Landfill-Gas-to-Electricity project at the Glasgow Landfill on Friday, March 11, 2016. L-R: Bill Prather, Farmers RECC President and CEO; Buck Houchens, Landfill Foreman, City of Glasgow; Councilman Marlin Wicher; Larry Hammer; Councilwoman Stacy Hammer; Billy Carver, Glasgow Water Company Assistant Manager/Operations Manager; Scott Young, Glasgow Water Company General Manager; Glasgow Mayor Dick Doty; Tim Jones, Landfill Gas Plant Technician, East Kentucky Power Cooperative.

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