Thursday, May 30, 2024

Gas project cuts Council emissions

Latrobe City Council has completed an extension of the Hyland Highway Landfill Gas Project.

Council’s Sustainability and Environment team say the Gas Project extension will increase power generation of the biogas generator from enough electricity to power an average of 1,134 households to 1,482 households.

Increasing power generation will save Council $252,000 a year in retail costs. Council will also receive further revenue from carbon credits, secured through the Clean Energy Regulator, Council said in a statement.

In 2022, the Loy Yang Landfill Gas Generator and small solar exports saved Council $746,000 in retail electricity costs, not including the savings of electricity used at the landfill. This reduced Council’s emissions by an estimated 13,000 tonnes of CO2e a year.

Council is working towards net zero energy emissions through the delivery of new energy initiatives, efficiencies and offsets.

Mayor, Kellie O’Callaghan said the Council was a leader in the space of renewable energy.

“We have received requests from private consultancies, State departments and other councils to visit our Hyland Highway Landfill Gas Project, to witness what can be achieved and learned from the project,” said the Mayor.

“The Gas Project will generate clean, low emission energy though utilising captured landfill gas, offsetting over 80 percent of Council’s electricity needs.

“Harnessing gas and converting it to energy has the added benefit of providing a new localised energy source that can be placed back into the electricity grid,” she said.

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