A new landfill gas plant in Merseyside has been commissioned and is already supplying electricity to the National Grid.
The generation plant at Cory Environmental’s Lyme and Wood landfill site has been built by Cardiff-based renewable energy company Eco2 and produces two megawatts of electricity, enough to power over 2,000 homes.
Eco2 managing director David Williams said: “At a time when the effects of global climate change are making themselves increasingly apparent, it is important for us to harness available technologies in an attempt to improve an increasingly troubling situation.
As waste degrades at the site, it produces landfill gas that Eco2 extract to power engines, which in turn creates electricity to be used in the local area.
Cory Environmental development manager Chris Farmer said: “Each electricity supplier currently has to ensure that a certain percentage of the electricity they sell comes from renewable sources.
“With the Government target of 10% of the UK’s energy to be produced from renewable energy sources by 2010, our partnership with Eco2 means we can offer a new, invaluable source of renewable energy in the most environmentally sensitive way possible.”