Natural Gas Facility Opens Using Gas from Illinois Landfill for State Pipeline

Waste Management Inc. (WM) recently announced the opening of a renewable natural gas facility that will supply pipeline-ready natural gas from the gas produced at its Milam Landfill in Fairmont City, Il.  The $19 million facility was partially funded by a $2.4 million grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the Illinois Energy Office.

The release said that by early December, the processed renewable natural gas will be injected into the Ameren Illinois pipeline for withdrawal at other locations, including some WM facilities. The natural gas will be used to heat homes or fuel trucks and other equipment that run on compressed natural gas (CNG).

The Milam Renewable Natural Gas Facility is designed to process approximately 3,500 standard cubic feet per minute (SCFM) of incoming landfill gas-as much gas as it takes to fuel about 200 of WM’s CNG collection trucks each day, according to the release. WM/Illinois currently has more than 100 CNG trucks in its fleet, which will now displace about one million gallons of diesel fuel per year.

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