Aria Energy Completes Expansion of RNG Project at Seneca Meadows Landfill

NOVI, Mich., Nov. 02, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Aria Energy announced the completed expansion of its renewable natural gas facility (RNG) at the Seneca Meadows Landfill. The expansion doubles the processing capacity of the facility to 6,000 scfm, the equivalent of 50,000 gallons of vehicle fuel per day. At full capacity, the RNG facility directly reduces methane emission from the landfill by the equivalent of over 33,000 tons per year.

Landfill Gas is produced naturally as waste decomposes and consists of roughly 50% methane and 50% carbon dioxide. The EPA requires that landfills of a certain size must destroy landfill gas in either a flare station or with a beneficial-use energy project to prevent it rising into the atmosphere where it would become a greenhouse gas 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Seneca Meadows pursued a solution that would turn a waste product into an asset. For over 20 years, Aria Energy, a leading provider of baseload renewable energy, has converted the landfill gas collected by Seneca Meadows landfill into useable forms of energy, helping NY meet its renewable energy goals.

Aria Energy financed, built and operates a 17.6 megawatt (MW) landfill gas-to-electric power generation facility, which has been operational since 1996. The electricity produced at the site reduces the need for electricity produced using fossil fuels. In 2014, Aria Energy commissioned the initial stage of the Seneca Energy RNG project, a 3,000 scfm expandable facility, which was the recipient of the EPA’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program 2014 Project of the Year Award and earned Aria Energy the 2014 Energy Vision Leadership Awards.

Richard DiGia, President and CEO of Aria Energy said, “The Seneca Energy Project allows Aria Energy the opportunity to expand the use of renewable natural gas and reduce emissions.”

Kyle Black, District Manager for Seneca Meadows said, “We are proud of our 20 year strong partnership with Aria Energy. Together, we have reduced greenhouse gas emissions, conserved natural resources and helped to reduce our nation’s reliance on foreign oil. We’ve also teamed up to eliminate the energy bill for the Seneca Falls Central School District, with a savings of over $60,000 annually.”

About Aria Energy

Headquartered in Novi, MI, with an office in Oakfield, NY, Aria Energy provides baseload renewable energy to utilities and other customers across the United States. Aria Energy owns and/or operates a diversified portfolio of renewable energy projects across 16 states, collectively representing 265.9 MW-equivalent of baseload renewable energy capacity. For additional information, please visit: http://www.ariaenergy.com/.

About Seneca Meadows, Inc.

In environmental controls, mitigation, and their everyday operations, Seneca Meadows exceeds regulatory requirements, providing the highest quality service for their customers and their community.

The company’s commitment to excellence has earned the support of prestigious environmental organizations, such as: the National Audubon Society, Ducks Unlimited, and Trout Unlimited. Their efforts have also secured such honors as the 2003 Seneca County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award, the 2009 Rochester Business Journal’s Environmental Leadership Award, the 2012 SWANA Excellence Award for landfill management, and the 2014 EPA Partnership & Project of the Year through Landfill Methane Outreach Program.

Media Contacts:

Seneca Meadows, Inc.
Marcy Neumire
315-539-5624
marcy.neumire@progressivewaste.com

Aria Energy
Julie Bollenbach
248-380-3920
julie.bollenbach@ariaenergy.com

Aria Energy And Sarasota County Win SWANA 2016 Excellence Award

Novi, MI (August 22, 2016) –Aria Energy and Sarasota County have been named the winner of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA)  Silver Excellence Award in the Landfill Gas and Biogas category. The award will be presented at SWANA’s annual conference, WASTECON®, on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The partnership of Aria Energy and Sarasota County are receiving the award for the Sarasota County Landfill Gas to Energy Facility located in Nokomis, Florida.

“We are honored to be recognized by SWANA for the successful public-private partnership between Aria Energy and Sarasota County.  The 4.8 MW landfill gas-to-energy facility has been capturing and processing the methane gas generated at Sarasota County’s Central County Solid Waste Disposal Complex since February 2015,” said Richard DiGia, President & CEO of Aria Energy.

“The collaboration between Aria Energy and Sarasota County has culminated in a project we are both very proud of,” adds Larry Alexander, Sarasota County Solid Waste Division Manager.

SWANA’s Excellence Awards Program recognizes outstanding solid waste programs and facilities that advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound solid waste management through their commitment to utilizing effective technologies and processes in system design and operations, advancing worker and community health and safety, and implementing successful public education and outreach programs. Programs also must demonstrate that they are fiscally and environmentally responsible through their compliance with all applicable federal, state and local regulations.

About Aria Energy:

Headquartered in Novi, MI, Aria Energy provides baseload renewable energy to utilities and other customers across the United States. Aria Energy owns and/or operates a diversified portfolio of renewable energy projects across 16 states, collectively representing 265.9 MW-equivalent of baseload renewable energy capacity. For additional information, please visit: http://www.ariaenergy.com/.

About CCSWDC:

The Central County Solid Waste Disposal Complex (CCSWDC) is centrally located within Sarasota County in Nokomis and accepts residential, municipal and commercial garbage from the unincorporated areas of Sarasota, and from three municipalities (cities of North Port, Sarasota and Venice). Landfill operations are supported by the tipping fees collected for processing and/or disposal of materials received.

About SWANA:

For more than 50 years, the Solid Waste Association of North America has been the leading professional association in the solid waste field. The association serves more than 8,300 members throughout North America, and thousands more with conferences, certifications, publications and technical training courses.

Media Contact:

Aria Energy
Julie Bollenbach
248-380-3920

julie.bollenbach@ariaenergy.com

Sarasota County
941-861-6397
news@scgov.net.

Aria Energy Honored With 2016 SWANA Safety Award

Winners to be honored at WASTECON® 2016

Novi, Mich. (August 22, 2016) – Aria Energy is pleased to be the recipient of the 2016 Biggest Safety Innovation award, presented by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA).

Aria Energy was honored for its profound commitment to employee safety through communication, best practices, increased company regulations, and accident review. The company was chosen as the Biggest Safety Innovation winner for its employee-lead safety initiatives that include an Employee Run Safety Committee, Safety Subcommittees and a Safety Board, which have urged front-line employees to drive the safety program, as opposed to top leaders stressing the programs.

Richard DiGia, President & CEO of Aria Energy, stated, “We are honored to have been chosen to receive this inaugural award from SWANA. As a company spread across 16 states, with as few as two employees in some locations, this recognition tangibly demonstrates our level of commitment, held company-wide, to ensuring everyone throughout our organization benefits from a safe work environment.”

Since enacting its new safety program, Aria Energy continues to experience an impressive decline in annual accident rates. The company achieved 285 days accident-free. Injury rates decreased 45% in 2015 and are even lower in 2016.

Aria Energy will receive the 2016 Biggest Safety Innovation award during the SWANA Safety Summit at WASTECON, in Indianapolis, Indiana on August 24, 2016. This is the first year SWANA has presented national safety awards, reflecting its renewed commitment to worker safety.

About Aria Energy:

Headquartered in Novi, MI, Aria Energy provides baseload renewable energy to utilities and other customers across the United States. Aria Energy owns and/or operates a diversified portfolio of renewable energy projects across 16 states, collectively representing 265.9 MW-equivalent of baseload renewable energy capacity. For additional information, please visit: http://www.ariaenergy.com/.

About SWANA:

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is an organization of more than 8,400 public and private sector professionals committed to advancing from solid waste management to resource management through their shared emphasis on education, advocacy and research. For more than 50 years, SWANA has been the leading association in the solid waste management field. SWANA serves industry professionals through technical conferences, certifications, publications and a large offering of technical training courses. For more information, visit www.SWANA.org.

Media Contact:

Aria Energy

Julie Bollenbach

248-380-3920

julie.bollenbach@ariaenergy.com

Landfill Gas to Energy Project in Sarasota Wins Award

SARASOTA, Fla. – The Suncoast branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) honored Aria Energy and Sarasota County with the “Project of the Year” award for their Sarasota County Project. The 4.8 MW project, which converts harmful landfill gas into clean energy, is located at Sarasota County’s Central County Solid Waste Disposal Complex in Nokomis, Florida. The project produces electricity capable of powering 2,800 homes.

“We are honored to accept this award in partnership with Sarasota County,” said Richard DiGia, President & CEO of Aria Energy. “We look forward to many years as a valued partner and trusted neighbor to the community.”

The award will be presented to an Aria Energy representative along with Jason Timmons, Solid Waste Engineer with Sarasota County at the May 19th meeting of Suncoast ASCE. Mr. Timmons couldn’t be more pleased to have played a significant role in such an important project. “It’s a really good example of how a public and a private entity can come together to really make a great project that benefits everyone in the community,” he said.

The Suncoast branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers encompasses Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and Desoto counties.

About Aria Energy

Headquartered in Novi, MI, Aria Energy provides baseload renewable energy to utilities and other customers across the United States. Aria Energy owns and/or operates a diversified portfolio of renewable energy projects across 16 states, collectively representing 265.9 MW-equivalent of baseload renewable energy capacity. For additional information, please visit: http://www.ariaenergy.com/. The majority of Aria Energy is owned by power and energy private equity funds managed by Ares EIF Management, LLC, a subsidiary of Ares Management, L.P. For additional information, please visit: http://www.aresmgmt.com/.

RNG 2015: Fuel, Heat, Power & Policy Conference

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Aria Energy, a founding member of the RNG Coalition, is proud to be a sponsor of the 2015 Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas Fuel, Heat, Power, and Policy Conference. This year’s event will be taking place December 7-9 at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, CA. The program will include expert panels on primary topics impacting renewable natural gas and interactive roundtable discussions on emerging issues. For the first time at an RNG conference, there will be collaborative working group sessions that pull together our collective expertise to tackle significant issues impacting the RNG industry.

Make plans now to join us December 7-9 in San Diego!

For additional information or to register, visit The RNG Coalition Conference page.

Sarasota landfill gets sustainable energy source

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. — The Sarasota County landfill is a relatively quiet place, unless you’re standing in a new building built to house three enormous generators, producing 4.8 megawatts of electricity — enough to power 2,800 homes.

“The power is being fed into the grid in Sarasota County through the FPL transmission system,” says Jason Timmons, a solid waste engineer.

The system was built and paid for by Aria Energy Company and is meant to produce energy to be sold around Florida — in this case, Jacksonville. However, because it gets put on the power grid, the Suncoast will also be getting it as well.

“The power is being used up there, but in reality it’s being used by facilities closer to this plant,” says Timmons.

It is often said, one man’s trash is another mans treasure, or in this case its power. It’s the trash at the landfill that turns methane gas into fuel to power the generators.

In the past the gas produced by the landfill would be burned off, which environmentalists claim is contributing to climate change. Now its being converted into power to run the generators.

“The ultimate solution would be to reduce the waste that’s going into the landfill. That being said, its certainly appropriate to capture some of the gasses that are coming from the landfill and put them to use,” says Glenn Compton with the Manasota 88 club.

On Thursday we got an up close look at the generators, which are so loud we had to wear two layers of ear protection. Staff explained how at 20 tons each, these behemoths are expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 236,000 metric tons each year or about 50,000 passenger vehicles.

“This really is a great opportunity for the county as well as for Aria Energy to take a resource that would otherwise be burned away into the atmosphere and use it to actually create something that is usable by the community,” said Timmons.

“Overall it’s a positive benefit for the environment because it will reduce greenhouse gasses and fossil fuel use almost anywhere,” concluded Compton.

The county hopes using these generators to produce electricity will be more sustainable for the future.

New Renewable Energy Project at Sunshine Canyon Landfill Capable of Powering Nearly 25,000 Los Angeles Area Homes

SYLMAR, Calif., April 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE: RSG) announced today a new landfill gas-to-energy (LFGTE) project located at Sunshine Canyon Landfill near Los Angeles. The 20-megawatt renewable energy project is capable of generating enough electricity to power nearly 25,000 area homes.

“Landfills play a more consequential role in society now than ever before,” said Ron Krall, area president of Republic Services. “Today’s landfill must be sophisticated, and leverage the power of science and engineering to help regenerate the local ecosystem. Sunshine Canyon Landfill has enabled growth in Los Angeles for decades, and now it will be there to help a great community achieve its sustainability goals.”

Republic Services partnered with Sunshine Gas Producers, a joint venture between DTE Biomass Energy and Aria Energy, to develop the Sunshine Canyon LFGTE project.

“This partnership is another example of how technology and simple, hard work can result in a project that’s good for the environment and the local community,” said Mark Cousino, president of DTE Biomass Energy. “It has been a pleasure working with Republic and Aria Energy to deliver California’s newest renewable energy facility.”

“Aria Energy is very pleased to join Republic Services and DTE Biomass in bringing online Sunshine Canyon, our 44th renewable energy project and sixth project with DTE Biomass,” said Richard M. DiGia, president and CEO of Aria Energy. “This project is directly aligned with our business strategy and will further help fulfill California’s 33 percent renewable energy goal through our investment in this baseload electric production facility.”

LFGTE projects typically involve capturing methane from biogas, which is generated by the decomposition of waste within a landfill. The methane is converted into renewable energy sources, in this case electricity that supplies the power grid. This process can displace the use of fossil fuels for energy generation and use, which can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a community.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), LFGTE projects reduce reliance on non-renewable energy resources, such as coal or petroleum. The EPA estimates that three megawatts of energy produced from landfill gas is equivalent to preventing carbon emissions generated by the consumption of 16.6 million gallons of gasoline. Based on EPA calculations, the carbon emissions prevented by the new Sunshine Canyon LFGTE project from entering the air is equivalent to the consumption of more than 100 million gallons of gasoline.

Republic Services of Los Angeles serves more than 100 jurisdictions throughout Los Angeles County, operating approximately 480 hauling routes per day. Republic employs roughly 2,000 people in Los Angeles County, and operates six transfer stations, one recycling center and a landfill in the area. Through legacy companies, Republic Services has been proudly serving customers throughout the Los Angeles area for nearly 60 years.

Republic Services operates eight LFGTE projects in the State of California, and 73 total LFGTE projects nationwide. Combined, these projects capture and convert enough landfill gas into energy to power more than 250,000 homes per year. According to the EPA, the carbon emissions prevented by these projects from entering the air is equal to removing more than four million cars from our roads or planting more than 4.5 million acres of trees each year.

Republic Services is dedicated to maintaining a balance between its business operations and protecting the environment and communities it serves. Known as the Blue PlanetTM sustainability initiative, Republic Services is defining its approach to environmental responsibility through decreased vehicle emissions, innovative landfill technologies, use of renewable energy, community engagement and employee growth opportunities. To view Republic’s 2014 Sustainability Report, go to www.republicservices.com/sustainabilityreport.

About Republic Services
Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE: RSG) is an industry leader in U.S. recycling and non-hazardous solid waste. Through its subsidiaries, Republic’s collection companies, recycling centers, transfer stations and landfills focus on providing effective solutions to make proper waste disposal effortless for their commercial, industrial, municipal, residential and oilfield customers. We’ll handle it from here.TM, the brand’s tagline, lets customers know they can count on Republic to provide a superior experience while fostering a sustainable Blue PlanetTM for future generations to enjoy a cleaner, safer and healthier world.

For more information, visit the Republic Services website at RepublicServices.com. “Like” Republic on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RepublicServices and follow on Twitter @RepublicService.

About DTE Biomass Energy
DTE Biomass Energy builds and operates facilities that convert landfill gas, or methane, emitted from decomposing landfill refuse into beneficial energy such as electricity and steam. Ann Arbor, Mich.-based DTE Biomass Energy operates landfill sites across the United States. These projects recover millions of cubic feet of methane per day, preventing its escape into the atmosphere where it is considered to be a greenhouse gas. www.dtebiomassenergy.com

About Aria Energy
Headquartered in Novi, MI, Aria Energy provides baseload renewable energy to utilities and other customers across the United States. Aria Energy owns and/or operates a diversified portfolio of renewable energy projects across 16 states, collectively representing 265.9 MW-equivalent of baseload renewable energy capacity. For additional information, please visit: http://www.ariaenergy.com/. The majority of Aria Energy is owned by power and energy private equity funds managed by Ares EIF Management, LLC, a subsidiary of Ares Management, L.P. For additional information, please visit: http://www.aresmgmt.com/.

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SWACO profits from methane created by landfill

Instead of burning the gas, company collects it, sells it at a premium

The landfill’s flares are a little dimmer, but its coffers are getting a lot fuller.

The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio made about $1 million in the first year of a new program that refines methane and carbon-dioxide gas generated at the landfill and sells it in California.

If it reaches its full potential, the program could help stabilize trash-collection rates while contributing to renewable energy, said Dave Bush, chairman of SWACO’s board, at a grand opening for the facility yesterday.

It’s the realization of a deal struck more than two years ago with Aria Energy, a renewable-energy company based in Novi, Mich., that spent $22.5 million to build a facility to refine the gas at the landfill and pump it into a Columbia Gas pipeline. Aria was responsible for construction and operating costs.

“It’s going to come whether we like it or not,” Bush said. “Gas that was part of a greenhouse problem is part of a green-energy solution.”

The plant still is ramping up, said Richard M. DiGia, Aria’s president and chief executive. When it operates at full capacity, it could generate $2 million to $3 million a year for SWACO.

SWACO has 177 natural-gas collection points scattered across its 164-acre landfill, the largest emitter of greenhouse gas in central Ohio. Miles of underground piping suck the gas out under pressure, and it is then refined at Aria’s new plant on SWACO’s property.

Most of the gas is methane and carbon dioxide, and Aria’s system removes others that aren’t useful. It then pumps the refined gas into a nearby Columbia Gas pipeline and sells it to a power company in California.

Previously, SWACO burned off the gas through three flares set up at the landfill so that that it didn’t build up underground or leak into the air. Now, those flares burn only the gas that Aria can’t handle.

The landfill generates enough natural gas in one day to power about a dozen homes for a year.

“The goal of it is for them to take all of it,” said Daniel Fannin, SWACO compliance officer. “They’re taking the biggest majority of it.”

Aria has a 20-year contract to buy the natural gas with the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District in California, where low-carbon fuel standards provide incentives for power companies to use renewable fuels such as landfill gas. DiGia said the local molecules won’t make it to California, but the natural gas is sold as a commodity that can be used in the West Coast power plants.

Aria also can sell it to be used for vehicles as compressed natural gas under a federal program, DiGia said.

At its peak, SWACO can receive about 22.5 percent of the royalties on gas sales, Fannin said. That could generate up to $3 million a year for the authority.

Aria started processing gas at the landfill in February 2014, DiGia said, and it has been adding capacity ever since. Because the landfill is a stable source of methane, Aria is able to sell it at a premium.

“We have more room to grow,” he said.

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County Line Landfill opening Gas-to-Energy facility

MARSHALL COUNTY — The new six megawatt project at County Line Landfill is capable of generating enough energy to power more than 3,200 area homes. Harnessing waste by-product into renewable energy leaves a cleaner and healthier northern Indiana for future generations and is an effective means of recycling and reusing this valuable resource.
In conjunction with Earth Day, Republic Services and Aria Energy will host an open house at the Landfill’s gas-to-energy facility located at the County Line Landfill in Argos on Thursday, April 23, from 10 to 11 a.m. This is an opportunity for the community and local media to see the renewable energy facility. Refreshments and a facility tour available following the brief ribbon cutting program. This program is hosted by Republic Services and Aria Energy.
Republic Services partnered with Aria Energy on design, development and management of the new project. Republic Services has implemented 73 landfill gas-to-energy projects nationwide. Together, these projects harness enough electricity to power or heat approximately 400,000 households.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the combined environmental benefits from these projects are equal to removing more than four million cars from our roads or planting more than 4.5 million acres of trees each year.
As a landfill fills with waste, gases are produced as a natural by-product as the waste decomposes. The landfill gas that is collected contains approximately 50 percent methane which is either destroyed by combusting it in a flare or is diverted to an on-site treatment facility for the conversion of this gas to energy. This project involves the extraction of gas from the landfill, processing the extracted gas, and then distributing the processed gas to a facility where it is converted into energy that supplies the local electric grid.
A benefit of the destruction or usage of the landfill gas is that it prevents the raw methane from escaping into the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas.
The EPA has endorsed landfill gas as an environmentally friendly energy resource. Using it reduces reliance on fossil fuels, such as coal and oil. The EPA estimates that three megawatts of energy produced from landfill gas is equal to preventing carbon emissions generated by the consumption of 16.6 million gallons of gasoline. Based on EPA calculations, the new County Line Landfill gas-to-energy project prevents carbon emissions equivalent to the consumption of more than 32 million gallons of gasoline.

MI Energy Provider Recognized for Outstanding Workplace Safety and Health

Lansing, MI (WorkersCompensation.com) – Aria Energy, a leading provider of baseload renewable energy, was awarded its first Michigan Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (MSHARP) award for an exceptional safety and health management system at its Pine Tree Acres landfill gas-to-energy facility located in Lenox, MI.

Established by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA), the MSHARP recognizes employers that have achieved workplace safety and health excellence far beyond their peers. The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).

“MIOSHA is thrilled to welcome Aria Energy to an elite group of companies that make safety their number one priority,” said MIOSHA Director Martha Yoder. “Other small businesses that are looking to increase worker protection can now look to Aria Energy as a role model in workplace safety and health.”

Yoder presented the MSHARP Award to Aria Energy management and employees. Also in attendance were Lenox Township officials and a representative from the 7th District.

“We are very pleased and honored that MIOSHA has recognized Aria Energy for our ongoing commitment to excellence in workplace safety and health,” said Richard M. DiGia, president and CEO of Aria Energy.  “Our Pine Tree Acres operations and safety teams have done an outstanding job of running the facility, allowing Aria Energy to safely deliver clean and reliable renewable energy to Michigan residents.”

DiGia also recognized the following Aria Energy team members for the company’s accomplishments:

  • Jason Neumann, Lead Operator
  • Vince Dang, Plant Operator
  • Shawn Meyers, Plant Operator
  • Kyle Burgess, Plant Operator
  • Rodney Wray, Corporate Safety Manager

The MSHARP targets small, high-hazard employers to help them develop, implement and continuously improve the effectiveness of their workplace safety and health management system. The program provides an incentive for employers to emphasize accident and illness prevention by anticipating problems, rather than reacting to them.

The MIOSHA Onsite Consultation Program within the Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division operates the Michigan SHARP Program. Onsite consultants work with employers to help them become self-sufficient in managing occupational safety and health. SHARP worksites earn an exemption from “programmed” MIOSHA inspections on a yearly basis.

The MIOSHA onsite review team consisted of Joe Barela, senior safety consultant and D.W. Johnson, senior industrial hygienist. “The Michigan SHARP requires a comprehensive consultation visit and the correction of all serious workplace safety and health hazards to achieve certification,” said Yoder. “Aria Energy has demonstrated a commitment to correcting hazards and improving its safety and health program.”

The company has an excellent system in place, which incorporates each of the seven required MSHARP elements: hazard anticipation and detection; hazard prevention and control; planning and evaluation; administration and supervision; safety and health training; management leadership, and employee participation.