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Title: Methane landfill gas. an 80's reality

According to a recent American Gas Association report, enough methane could be extracted from America's city dumps during the 1980's to supply to 2.1 million homes annually. But to do so, federal and state policies limiting the size of dumps must be contended with. Recovery plants cost $10-$50 million. The economic breakeven point is a landfill that handles 300,000-500,000 tons/yr of refuse, based on a recovery rate of 3 million Btu of pipeline-quality gas from each ton of refuse. The economics of landfill gas recovery involve low transportation costs, since landfills are generally near urban areas where end users are located. Nationally, economic and indirect benefits would result in landfill gas having a value of over $10/million Btu to the U.S. Unfortunately, regulatory barriers exist despite a precedent of 13 active landfill methane recovery plants in operation at present in California, New Jersey, and New York.
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6416544
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Butane-Propane News; (United States); Journal Volume: 12:8
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
09 BIOMASS FUELS; 32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; CALIFORNIA; RESOURCE RECOVERY FACILITIES; MATERIALS RECOVERY; ECONOMICS; METHANE; RECOVERY; NEW JERSEY; NEW YORK; COST; SANITARY LANDFILLS; WASTE PROCESSING PLANTS; COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS; GOVERNMENT POLICIES; NATURAL GAS INDUSTRY; REGULATIONS; SIZE; TRANSPORT; WASTE PRODUCT UTILIZATION; ALKANES; ENERGY FACILITIES; FEDERAL REGION II; FEDERAL REGION IX; HYDROCARBONS; INDUSTRIAL PLANTS; INDUSTRY; MANAGEMENT; NORTH AMERICA; ORGANIC COMPOUNDS; PROCESSING; USA; WASTE DISPOSAL; WASTE MANAGEMENT; WASTE PROCESSING 090122* -- Hydrocarbon Fuels-- Preparation from Wastes or Biomass-- (1976-1989); 320604 -- Energy Conservation, Consumption, & Utilization-- Municipalities & Community Systems-- Municipal Waste Management-- (1980-)