The Republic Services Vasco Road Landfill will be home to a new 4.3
megawatt landfill gas-to-electricity (LFGTE) plant that will be
designed, built, owned and operated by Ameresco, Inc. (NYSE:AMRC).
Ameresco is a leading independent energy efficiency and renewable energy
company. Republic Services (NYSE:RSG) is the second largest
environmental services company in the United States.
As part of this $13 million project, Ameresco plans to capture the
landfill gas generated at the Vasco Road Landfill in Livermore,
California and use it as fuel to generate power for homes and businesses
in the Santa Clara and San Francisco Bay Area. The project is scheduled
to commence operations in late 2012.
?The Vasco Road project is Republic's seventh landfill gas to energy
venture in California, representing nearly 41 MW of electricity,? said
Brian Bales, executive vice president business development for Republic.
?In addition to converting gas from a landfill into renewable-based
electricity, the project's construction and operation will add new green
jobs and economic benefits to the local economy, and it will help the
state meet its commitment to increase its renewable energy portfolio
?We are excited to proceed forward with this new renewable energy
project in California,? said Mike Bakas, senior vice president,
renewable energy at Ameresco. ?This project, along with many others that
we've successfully completed in California, will support the state's
ambitious goal of 33 percent renewable generation by the year 2020. We
are pleased to work with our partners and laud their dedication to
creating a more sustainable environment.?
Republic Services and Ameresco partnered to develop this project that
uses landfill gas from the Republic Services landfill located at 4001
North Vasco Road. Landfill gas, which is created when organic material
naturally decomposes in a landfill, consists of about 50 percent
methane. A reliable and readily available local alternative to fossil
fuels, landfill gas can be converted to generate electricity, heat or
steam, or used as an alternative vehicle fuel. The landfill gas project
is one of Republic Services' 73 alternative energy projects at its
Ameresco has entered into a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with
Silicon Valley Power, the City of Santa Clara's electric utility, for
the power from the project. As part of California's Renewable Portfolio
Standard (RPS), the state required retail sellers of electricity to
serve 20 percent of their load with renewable energy by 2010. Now, all
utilities must serve 33 percent of their load with renewable energy by
?We are pleased to partner with Ameresco on its landfill
gas-to-electricity project and to buy the power generated from this
renewable resource,? said Jan Pepper, Electric Division Manager for
Silicon Valley Power. ?This project in particular plays a very important
role as it provides base load generation at a competitive price, and
enables us to continue to exceed the state's RPS requirements for our
customers. This allows us to offer our customers a reliable, renewable
source of power.?
By using the landfill gas for this beneficial reuse project and
replacing fossil fuels, the direct and avoided emissions are equivalent
to removing 30,000 cars off of the road or planting more than 36,000
acres of pine trees over the term of the contract.
The Vasco Road Landfill, which is owned and operated by Republic
Services, opened in 2001 and is one of the main recipients of refuse
from residents and businesses in the North Livermore rural area. The
landfill covers 323 acres of land and employs more than 14 area
About Republic Services
Republic Services, Inc. provides recycling and solid waste collection,
transfer and disposal services in the United States and Puerto Rico. The
Company's various operating units, including collection companies,
transfer, recycling centers and landfills, are focused on providing
reliable environmental services and solutions for commercial,
industrial, municipal and residential customers. For more information,
visit the Republic Services website at www.republicservices.com.
About Ameresco, Inc.
Ameresco, Inc. was incorporated in Delaware in April 2000 and is a
leading independent provider of comprehensive energy efficiency and
renewable energy solutions for facilities throughout North America.
Ameresco's solutions include upgrades to a facility's energy
infrastructure, and the development, construction, and operation of
renewable energy plants. With corporate headquarters located in
Framingham, MA, Ameresco has 55 offices in 29 states and four Canadian
provinces. For more information, visit www.ameresco.com.
About Silicon Valley Power
Silicon Valley Power is the trademark adopted for use by the
not-for-profit electric municipal utility of Santa Clara, CA serving
residents and businesses for over 100 years. SVP provides power to more
than 50,000 customers, including Applied Materials, Intel, National
Semiconductor and Yahoo!, at rates 25 to 45 percent below neighboring
communities. SVP also offers customers a 100 percent renewable energy
option through its Santa Clara Green Power program and is an active
participant in the wholesale energy markets in the Western United
States. Visit siliconvalleypower.com
for more information.
Peg Mulloy, 480-627-2887