NextEra Energy Resources and Coffee County in Alabama have announced plans to develop the first landfill renewable natural gas (RNG) production facility.

Located at a landfill owned and operated by Coffee County, the project will link with a Southeast Gas-owned pipeline.

The gas from the project will be sold to the gas utility Southeast Gas under a long-term agreement.

By teaming up with Coffee County, NextEra Energy Resources will improve the current landfill gas collection system and construct a new RNG generation facility that will capture and convert 1,100 standard cubic feet per minute of landfill methane gas annually to RNG.

The project is anticipated to capture over 16,500 metric tonnes of landfill methane annually.

The Coffee County RNG Project is expected to create almost 50 to 60 construction jobs.

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NextEra Energy Resources president and chief executive officer Rebecca Kujawa said: “We’re pleased to be working with Coffee County on this innovative project.

“This project is consistent with our belief that a substantial, and economic decarbonization of the electricity, industrial, and transportation sectors is possible, which represents a significant investment opportunity in the coming decades.”

The project is anticipated to start construction in Q2 2023 and will become operational in early 2024, subject to the timely receipt of a permit from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.

NextEra Energy Marketing’s subsidiary will own the Coffee County RNG Project, which will be operated by Coffee County.
Image: The project will link with a Southeast Gas-owned pipeline. Credit: David Mark from Pixabay.