Energy 2001 expands green energy production

Unveils expansion during Earth Day event
By: Staff Report
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Energy 2001, a green energy producer in Placer County, recently completed a multi-million dollar expansion of its landfill gas-to-electricity power plant, which was unveiled at a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 22.

The Earth Day event took place at the Western Placer Waste Management Authority’s Western Regional Sanitary Landfill, near Roseville, where Energy 2001 operates a 5-megawatt power plant. This facility, which now includes six landfill gas electricity generators, is the product of a 16-year partnership with the WPWMA.

Founded in 1997, Energy 2001 operates one of more than 520 landfill gas-to-electricity power plants in the United States, which involves extracting potentially hazardous landfill gases and using engines to convert those gases into electricity.

The energy then goes back into the power grid.

“From the beginning, our goal has been to develop and deploy emerging energy technology in a way that delivers tangible economic and environmental benefits for the community as a whole,” said Energy 2001 President Laura Rasmussen, in a press release. “With the support of WPWMA, we are realizing that objective — now with even greater capabilities through our expanded landfill-gas power plant. By adding three additional generators, we have doubled our ability to capture air pollutants and convert them into valuable electricity.”

Rasmussen said the plant now produces enough electricity to power 3,000 homes and eliminate enough air pollutants to equal taking 41,000 cars off the road.

WPWMA Deputy Executive Director Bill Zimmerman said the expansion is important in meeting growing waste management needs.