Brent Run Generating Station
Energy production from Brent Run Generating Station is enough to power approximately 3,200 homes.
Brent Run Generating Station produces electricity from landfill gas 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The project’s partners, Granger and Waste Connections, and electric customer, Michigan Public Power Agency (MPPA), work together to bring renewable energy to Michigan communities.
Environmental and Energy Benefits
Brent Run Generating Station
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|Electric capacity of 5.4 megawatts (MW)||Electric capacity of 40.6 megawatts (MW)|
|Annual energy savings from electricity equate to power for 3,232 homes||Annual energy savings from electricity equate to power for 24,302 homes|
|Offsets CO2 emissions from 29,874,338 gallons of gasoline consumed||Offsets CO2 emissions from 224,610,762 gallons of gasoline consumed|
Calculations are computed by the LFG Energy Benefits Calculator, provided by the EPA’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program. Figures express reductions of methane and CO2 in equivalent environmental and energy benefits. Last update: February 29, 2016
Granger is the developer and built and operates the electric generating station. Waste Connections is an integrated solid waste services company that provides solid waste collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services in mostly exclusive and secondary markets. Brent Run Landfill, owned by Waste Connections, is the landfill gas supplier. MPPA is a non-profit, joint action power supply agency that provides economic benefits to its 17 municipal members and is involved in joint ownership of electrical generating plants and transmission facilities, as well as the pooling of utility resources. MPPA purchases electricity produced at the generating station.
Landfills are safe repositories for trash, and landfills such as Brent Run are also a valuable resource generating renewable energy. Brent Run Landfill opened in 1994 and as of 2014 had 13,000,000 tons of waste in place. The 154-acre facility is expected to be in operation for approximately 20 more years; energy production is projected to continue for an additional 20 to 30 years after it is closed.
Brent Run Generating Station has been online since 1998. The project uses landfill gas from Brent Run Landfill to fuel multiple on-site engine generator sets. These powerful pieces of equipment consist of 860, 1,100 or 2,200 horsepower engines similar to the engine of a car, only much larger. The engine drives the attached generator, which produces electricity. Brent Run uses five engine generator sets with the capacity to produce a total of 5.4 megawatts of electricity.
A small amount of the energy produced at Brent Run Generating Station is used directly to supply the generation facility itself, with the majority of electricity being delivered to the utility’s grid to supply local homes and businesses.