As part of its CommunityTIES Project, the Appalachian Energy Center has been awarded contracts to assist several counties with development of their landfill gas projects.
Landfill gas is a valuable energy resource, with about half as much energy as natural gas on a volumetric basis. The Energy Center assists counties across North Carolina with planning. evaluating, and developing this local taxpayer-owned green energy resource as a driver of local economic development. Projects involve using the gas for activities such as manufacturing, agriculture, and electricity generation, all of which support the creation of new jobs, business recruitment and expansion, and increased county income. Also, many of these counties are eligible to earn credits for reducing greenhouse gas emissions - methane from landfills is more than 20 times more potent a greenhouse gas then carbon dioxide.
ARRA-funded landfill gas projects are ongoing in the counties of: Columbus, Edgecombe, Rockingham, Rutherford, Haywood, Watauga, Wilkes, and Gaston.