Trans-Jordan Generating Station has been selected by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) to receive the 2009 Landfill Gas Utilization Bronze Excellence Award. The Excellence Awards program recognizes facilities, operations and programs committed to environmentally and economically sound management of solid waste, and encourages innovation in the industry.
Trans-Jordan Generating Station was chosen as a recipient based upon a distinct set of criteria established by the Awards Committees for each of SWANA's seven technical divisions. The award will be presented on Thursday, September 24, in Long Beach, California during WASTECON, SWANA's annual conference.
Dwayne Woolley, S.C., general manger of Trans-Jordan Cities, will make a presentation at WASTECON entitled "Hometown Trash to Hometown Power," which details the project. Granger representatives will be in attendance.
A landfill gas-to-electricity operation in South Jordan, Utah, Trans-Jordan Generating Station is a green power partnership between Trans-Jordan Cities, the landfill owner-operator; Murray City Power, the utility purchasing the power; and Granger Electric of South Jordan, the developer. The project involves capturing landfill gas with a perforated well pipe and gathering system. After collection, the gas is piped into a generating station, processed, and used as a fuel source for engine generator sets. The engine generators create electricity, which is distributed to the utility grid.
Trans-Jordan Generating Station has a generating capacity of 4.5 megawatts of electricity. Ground was broken for the project in the fall of 2007 and the operation went online earlier this year.
Trans-Jordan Cities, a political subdivision of the State of Utah, owns and operates the Trans-Jordan Landfill. Services provided include waste disposal and separate green waste disposal for recycling; sale of woodchips, mulch and compost; free recycling; free household hazardous waste acceptance; and free tours and presentations.
Murray City Power
Nestled at the base of Utah's Wasatch Mountains just a few miles from Salt Lake City, Murray City Power is a publicly owned, municipal electric utility serving 16,500 customers. The utility was created in 1913 when the community demanded affordable-and more reliable-electricity, along with local control over a vital service. Today, Murray's electric utility is stronger than ever, providing exceptional reliability at competitive prices, while advancing environmentally sensitive resources.
Granger is a third generation, family-owned and operated business based in Lansing, Michigan. The small rubbish hauling company that started more than 40 years ago has grown into a comprehensive environmental management services firm responsible for the recovery of resources through recycling, composting, disposal, and landfill gas conversion to energy. In 1985, Granger developed and made operational the first landfill gas-to-energy facility in Michigan. Granger currently operates 14 projects in six states.