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WM opens US$55M RNG facility in Dallas hinterland

WM opens US$55M RNG facility in Dallas hinterland
Dallas, Texas (TX) is the first market with two WM RNG sites in one metroplex (photo courtesy Macy Alex on behalf of the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce).

In the United States (US), waste management company WM has announced the opening of a new renewable natural gas (RNG) facility in Lewisville, Texas, outside of Dallas. The nearly US$55 million WM DFW RNG facility is expected to generate approximately 1.2 million MMBtu per year of RNG, the equivalent fuel of up to 1,100 heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) per day.

WM has one of the largest landfill gas-to-energy platforms in North America and has been a renewable energy player for nearly 40 years.

This is WM’s second RNG facility in the DFW area that will provide renewable energy to North Texans at this scale, with the first facility opening in 2020 in Ferris, Texas, at WM’s Skyline RNG facility.

It is also part of WM’s broader planned investments in renewable energy, which are expected to be more than US$1 billion from 2022 through 2026.

We are proud to bring more renewable energy to the Dallas area as part of our continued sustainability growth strategy. Renewable natural gas captured at our landfills is recognized as a lower-emission renewable fuel source that can power communities and natural gas vehicles, said Tara Hemmer, Chief Sustainability Officer at WM.

The DFW RNG facility processes landfill gas captured from the WM DFW Landfill as organic material decomposes to create RNG.

Today, WM owns or hosts 22 RNG facilities at its landfills that convert landfill gas (LFG)  into pipeline-quality RNG.

WM’s RNG is pushed directly into natural gas pipelines, providing a lower-emission energy source for communities across North America.

We’re excited to have the potential opportunity to double our renewable natural gas output in the Dallas area by adding a second RNG facility in Lewisville. Together with the WM Skyline RNG facility in Ferris, this new facility will provide renewable energy to the community and beyond for years to come, said Domenica Farmer, Area VP, WM Texas Oklahoma.

More than 20 RNG facilities are expected to be included in WM’s 2022-2026 investment plan, which could power up to 1.7 million homes and support WM maximizing the allocation of RNG to its natural gas collection fleet.

Today, nearly half of the fuel allocated to WM’s natural gas fleet comes from renewable sources.

We always welcome projects that align with The Lewisville 2025 Vision Plan, which focuses on leadership in sustainability, including the energy efficiency that this project provides. With WM’s expertise, we know the DFW RNG facility will be a shining example of how we put sustainability into action in our growing and vibrant community, said T.J. Gilmore, mayor of Lewisville.

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