Coffee County set for first-of-its-kind natural gas plant

Facility will be first landfill renewable natural gas project in Alabama

NextEra Energy Resources and Coffee County will team for what they say is the first landfill renewable natural gas production facility in Alabama.

The project will be in a landfill owned by Coffee County and include a pipeline owned by Southeast Gas, which will buy all of the gas from the project.

NextEra will work with the county to upgrade the existing landfill gas collection system and build a new production facility. The project is expected to capture more than 16,500 metric tons of landfill methane each year.

“We’re pleased to be working with Coffee County on this innovative project,” said Rebecca Kujawa, president and chief executive officer of NextEra Energy Resources. “This project is consistent with our belief that a substantial, and economic decarbonization of the electricity, industrial and transportation sectors is possible, which represents a significant investment opportunity in the coming decades.”

Rod Morgan, Coffee County administrator, said the project will have “tremendous economic and environmental opportunity” for Alabama.

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“From both a fiscal and sustainability standpoint, renewable natural gas is the highest value product you can make from collected landfill gas,” he said. “This facility is exactly the kind of development we encourage in our community. It brings innovative new technology and jobs to our area.”

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