Hoosier Energy, a generation and transmission co-op serving more than 300,000 co-op members in Indiana and Illinois, recently celebrated the official startup of the Livingston Renewable Energy Station at the Livingston Landfill – a 4,604-acre, Republic Services site just north of Pontiac.
The 154-megawatt generating facility will use methane gas from the landfill. “Landfill methane generation projects such as these are truly a winner for all concerned,” said company Board Chairman James Weimer who was joined by Chief Executive Officer Steve Smith.
Landfill gas occurs naturally from decomposing waste. Landfill generation projects help destroy this methane, a potent greenhouse gas and offset the use of other fuels such as coal, natural gas and oil. It also provides reliable 24/7 power that solar and wind energy can’t match.