Chester County landfill gas used as alternative to fracking

By Jon Hurdle, NPR State Impact.

The search for an alternative to fracking has led a Philadelphia-based renewable energy supplier to create a system that encourages the use of methane from landfills instead on shale gas.

The Energy Co-op, which supplies a range of renewable energy products to customers in southeastern Pennsylvania, is now offering cash payments the company calls “Renewable Natural Gas Credits” to any operator who captures gas that is naturally generated by landfills, and sells it to commercial customers.

The first project to adopt the cash payment system is Lanchester Landfill on the border of Chester and Lancaster Counties where methane from the decomposition of organic material has been captured over the last decade for sale to some local businesses.