Electric Power Generating Facility

The MCUA’s commitment to sustainable energy is highlighted in the Electric Power Generating Facility, a major component of the Gas-to-Energy project.  Methane is collected from the Middlesex County Landfill and one closed regional landfill.  This renewable biomethane is sold into the international biofuels market and the resulting brown gas is used by the Authority’s Electric Power Generating Facility to fire three turbines for producing electrical energy.  This energy is used to power MCUA’s Wastewater Treatment operations in Sayreville.

Two gas turbine generators produce 10 megawatts of energy when the facility is operating at full potential. The gas turbine generators release 70 percent of their energy in the form of heat, which is also recycled and beneficially utilized to produce steam to make up to an additional 7 megawatts of electricity in a third turbine. The facility consumes 2 megawatts to operate, resulting in a maximum net output of 15 megawatts of energy—enough equivalent electricity to power 9,000 homes.