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US Coast Guard Yard-Energy Conversion Facility
US Coast Guard Facility-Curtis Bay, Maryland
The Landfill Gas (LFG) Co-Generation Plant at the United States Coast Guard Yard is a collaborative project between the Coast Guard, Baltimore City, and AMERESCO Federal Solutions, Inc. (Knoxville, TN). The $41 million dollar project was awarded through a Department of Energy Technology Specific Super Energy Savings Performance Contract. When constructed, the co-generation plant will provide a new Biomass Alternative Methane Fuel (BAMF) System to supply the Coast Guard Yard with a consistent and reliable source of renewable energy. The initial project cost and future operations and maintenance expenses will be paid through the plant's annual energy savings. The Yard's LFG Co-Generation Plant will be the first landfill gas co-generation plant in the State of Maryland. Through an agreement with Baltimore City, a landfill gas collection system will be installed at the Quarantine Road Landfill, located approximately one mile northeast of the Yard. Methane gas, a natural by-product of the decomposition of municipal solid waste, will be captured and converted into bio-energy from the landfill. A new, one mile underground pipeline will be installed for the transfer of gas. Once it reaches the Coast Guard Yard, the methane will be the fuel source for the co-generation plant that will be capable of generating four megawatts of electricity and 35,000 lbs of steam, enough to meet all the Coast Guard Yard's utility requirements. The amount of electricity to be generated is the equivalent of removing 2,500 residential homes from the electrical power grid. This project along will allow the entire U.S. Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security to meet their renewable energy requirements through 2012, as set forth in the Energy Policy Act of 2005.