Winchester Landfill Gas to Energy
Case Study

Winchester Landfill Gas to Energy

Sector: Landfill Gas Area of Expertise: Carbon offsetting

Winchester Landfill Gas to Energy

Located approximately 80 miles west of Washington, DC in Frederick County, Virginia, the Winchester Landfill is the first landfill project in North America to be registered under the VCS 3 standard.

Revenues from the sale of the project’s carbon offsets funded the rehabilitation and expansion of the gas collection system and supported the installation of generators in late 2011. Through 2010, the project utilized a landfill gas collection, blower and flare system to recover and destroy methane from the landfill. In 2011, gensets were installed and the project now produces approximately 15,000 MWh of electricity per annum.

Winchester landfill is extremely well managed and within the State of Virginia it is promoted as an example of best-practice renewable energy development. (The project won EPA Project of the Year in 2010). The project generates clean, renewable electricity. It provides odour reduction and has generated employment opportunities in managing and monitoring flare, engines and gas flow throughout landfill. The revenue from the electricity generated goes to county authority, which is also promoting the project as an example of best-practice among landfill gas management projects

approx. 15,000MWh

electricity per annum

552,921 tCO2e

Emission reductions over crediting period

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