The Division of Energy (DE) supports more widespread development and use of Missouri's indigenous energy resources, including landfill gas. More widespread use of these resources would provide both economic and environmental benefits to Missourians.
Landfill gas is already used in Missouri for a variety of energy applications such as electricity generation, school heating and industrial process heat. A list of landfill gas to energy projects both in operation and under construction in the state can be found below.
In 2004, the Division of Energy worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) to assess the potential contribution of landfill gas to Missouri's energy mix. The DE/LMOP assessment focused on 22 promising landfill sites in Missouri. It was estimated that existing and new projects at the 22 landfills could supply about 6.9 trillion BTU of energy, equivalent to about 6,838 million cubic feet of natural gas.
The methodology and results of the DE/LMOP assessment are summarized in the attached maps and Power Point presentations. Additional information on landfill gas potential and applications in the U.S. can be found at LMOP's website, http://www.epa.gov/lmop/.