Cornerstone to provide landfill gas engineering on Kentucky project

System will provide electricity to Glasgow, Ky., homes and wastewater treatment plant.

May 2, 2014
REW Staff

Cornerstone Environmental Group LLC, an engineering and environmental consulting firm based in Middletown, New York, has announced plans to provide landfill gas engineering and air permitting services to the city of Glasgow, Kentucky for a project that will convert methane gas produced by the city's landfill into electrical power. According to Cornerstone, at peak production, the project will supply the electrical power needs of about 450 residences and serve as a back-up power source for the city's wastewater treatment plant.

The project involves a partnership between Glasgow and the East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) through its local affiliate, Farmers Rural Electric Cooperative, to install a landfill gas collection system and sell the captured gas to EKPC at a wholesale rate. EKPC will generate electricity from the gas for sale to Farmers. The $1.3 million gas collection system is being funded by loans and grants.

Assisting in the funding project is the state of Kentucky, through its Kentucky Energy Conservation for Local Governments, which awarded the project a $100,000 grant.

In awarding the grant, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, says, "This effort is the ultimate recycling project -- using science and innovation to literally turn trash in to energy. Thanks to the vision and creativity of both the public and private partners in this project, the city of Glasgow will have a renewable energy source, save local tax dollars and reduce their carbon footprint on the planet."

Matthew Davies, co-president of Cornerstone, notes, "What sets the Glasgow project apart from other landfill gas-to-energy projects we have worked on is the extremely high level of collaboration among the partners and the leadership and foresight of Kentucky and Glasgow. This economic development project will provide high quality jobs and affordable reliable renewable electricity, as well as environmental benefits. We are so excited to be supporting the city of Glasgow and EKPC and cannot wait to be present when commercial power production starts."