Methane generated from Sioux Falls Regional Landfill to provide energy for POET ethanol plant
Natural gas displacement will reduce CO2 emissions by 26,000 tons, cut ethanol plant operating costs and generate revenue for the landfill
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (April 10, 2008) - An agreement between POET and the City of Sioux Falls will allow methane generated from the Sioux Falls Regional Sanitary Landfill to provide energy for an ethanol production facility near Chancellor, S.D. Replacing a portion of the natural gas at POET Biorefining - Chancellor’s with methane from the landfill will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and operating costs for the ethanol plant while generating revenue for the landfill.
Under the agreement, the methane will initially displace 10 percent of the ethanol plant’s natural gas usage, increasing to 30 percent in 2025 as additional methane is generated. The methane, which is generated when municipal solid waste decomposes, will be transported by a 10 mile low-pressure pipeline. Construction is expected to be completed in Q2 2009. Displacement of natural gas will decrease CO2 emissions at the plant by 26,445 tons in 2010, the first full year that the system is operational.