Gas-To-Energy Plant

Austin Community Landfill collects and manages landfill gas through a flare system and it also generates renewable energy, reduces emissions, and prevents odor. The system collects landfill gas through wells. The gas is monitored and analyzed at gas probes.  In March of 2008, Waste Management opened a gas-to-energy plant Austin Community landfill. The collected landfill gas powers a landfill gas-to-energy plant, which converts the landfill gas into enough electricity to provide power to 4,000 to 6,000 homes.

Use of landfill gas to produce electricity is a proven technology and is considered "green" energy like solar and wind power. Landfill gas is reliable and can be produced for up to 20 years after the waste is disposed. Harnessing this energy source extends the availability of non-renewable sources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions from oil and coal burning plants, benefiting both the community and the environment.

About the Plant

The power plant, located in the center of the landfill property, is equipped with four large generators. Each of the Caterpillar units generates 1,148 horsepower and weighs approximately 26,500 pounds.

 Landfill Gas to Energy Flyer