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Baltimore Co. begins renewable energy project at White Marsh landfill

Posted at 10:20 AM, Aug 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-31 17:38:43-04

WHITE MARSH, Md. — Baltimore County is beginning a renewable energy project at its Eastern Sanitary Landfill in White Marsh.

It's a two phase venture that aims to fight climate change, for which Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski called, "one of the most significant threats to our state’s long-term health and prosperity."

The goal is to power two engine generators using methane gas produced by the landfill that would go directly to the local utility grid.

Through the utility net metering process, the County then plans to purchase the energy to offset power needs of County-owned facilities.

Both generators will power the equivalent of 1,600 homes and prevent the equivalent of 10,400 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year, which the county says could save $285,000 in this fiscal year.

The first phase could generate 13 million kWh annually.

A third engine is expected to be added to increase energy production to 20 million kWh annually. That would likely be completed by the end of 2020.