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Disputed ground: the future of landfill gas-to-energy

MSW Landfill Management

Capturing landfill gas reduced the global warming potential of the gas that is successfully captured. However, the system may be imperfect from an economic and environmental standpoint.

  • 74% of U.S. landfill gas projects generate electricity. Nationwide, about 2.44 GW of capacity are currently installed.
  • 1 million tons of municipal solid waste produce only about 0.78 MW of electricity through landfill gas. Thus, sites with millions of tons of waste often have power generation capacities equivalent to just a few small wind farms!