Clean Energy Comes to Eastern Sanitary Landfill in White Marsh

Clean Energy Comes to Eastern Sanitary Landfill in White Marsh

On Monday, Baltimore County announced that it has entered a new agreement with Energy Power Partners (EPP), a clean power-focused firm, to participate in a landfill gas-to-energy system at the County’s Eastern Sanitary Landfill in our district.

The methane capture generators will power the equivalent of 1,600 homes and prevent the equivalent of 10,400 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year. According to the EPA, the reduction of emissions is equivalent to any one of the below annual environmental benefits:

  •       Removing 2,000 cars from the road, or
  •       Planting 12,300 acres of forest, or
  •       Reducing consumption of 1 million gallons of gasoline

The project is anticipated to save the County $285,000 in FY21, and Through the utility net metering process, the County will purchase the energy produced to offset the power needs of County-owned facilities.

This is a huge step for Baltimore County as we stand at the cusp of climate change that continues to be one of the most significant existential threats we face. As a County with 216 miles of waterfront access, it is imperative that we do everything we can to mitigate the threat. This is a great step toward that, and I applaud the Olszewski administration for both taking this threat seriously and taking a giant step forward.

I would also like to thank my former colleague in the House of Delegates, Steve Lafferty, for his leadership on this front. Mr. Lafferty, the county’s inaugural Chief Sustainability Officer, is incredibly passionate about these issues, and I applaud all of the work he is doing to help Baltimore County reach its renewable energy goals.

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