1. What stage of development is the Meadowbrook Energy facility in?
The facility is currently in the design/permitting process.
2. How long will it take to build the plant?
Construction should take 15 to 18 months. Meadowbrook expects that construction will start in the second half of 2018.
3. How much will it cost to build the facility?
The anticipated “all-in” cost of the facility is upwards of $100 million.
4. Is this facility being planned in a tax-free zone?
5. Is Meadowbrook requesting any tax holidays, tax rebates or other special incentives for the project from Dunmore, Lackawanna County or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania?
6. Is the Meadowbrook facility government funded because of its environmental benefits?
No, the facility receives no government funding.
7. What are the environmental benefits of the project?
The RNG from the new facility is expected to be used in clean-burning natural gas vehicles to displace the equivalent of 26 million gallons of gasoline annually. Based on EPA guidelines, this substitution of RNG for gasoline will produce a net reduction of overall national air emissions.
8. How does the process of converting biogas to renewable natural gas (RNG) work?
The facility will accept biogas from a local landfill and will use a sophisticated, ultra-low emission purification process to separate and purify the renewable gas that is contained in all biogas as a by-product of natural bacterial decomposition processes. The separated and purified renewable gas is then injected into the natural gas pipeline system.
9. What are the gases that Meadowbrook Energy captures and “cleans?”
The primary gas removed from the biogas is carbon dioxide, along with trace amounts of nitrogen, oxygen, sulfur dioxide and other gases. The remaining gas is almost pure methane, and this is the “renewable natural gas” (RNG) that is injected into the natural gas pipeline system.
10. What experience does Meadowbrook Energy have siting and building biogas facilities?
The Meadowbrook team has extensive experience, domestically and internationally, with biogas projects. Specifically, Meadowbrook’s president and CEO was the president of the company that built the two largest biogas-to-energy projects in the country. Additionally, Meadowbrook personnel have experience with the siting, construction and operation of more than two dozen biogas processing projects in the U.S. and the U.K.
11. Are there similar types of operations in the United States?
Yes. Biogas processing is a common activity, and the technologies used are well-proven. There are approximately 55-60 biogas processing facilities similar to the Meadowbrook facility currently in operation at various locations throughout the U.S., and there are dozens more in Europe.
12. What firms are associated with the facility’s development and construction?
L.R. Costanzo (Scranton, Pa.) is serving as Meadowbrook’s overall construction manager; Greenman-Pedersen Inc. (Moosic, Pa.) is site design engineer; BioFerm Energy (Madison, Wis.) is the engineering, procurement and construction contractor; CarboTech AG GmbH (Essen, Germany) is the gas processing design engineer; EarthRes Group (Pipersville, Pa.) is the air quality engineer; and A/Z Corporation (Hartford, Conn.) is the controls, integration and piping design engineer, and River Rock Communications (Jefferson Township, Pa.) is the marketing communications firm. Union construction contractors will be used for the construction of the facility.
13. Why is the proposed RNG facility being relocated from Throop to Dunmore?
In the process of preparing the permit applications for the Throop site, unresolved zoning issues were discovered which affected the construction schedule. Alternative sites were then considered.
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