By collecting landfill gas at Cherry Island and pumping it to the Delmarva Power plant in Edgemoor, where it is burned with conventional fossil fuels, we help generate more electricity while using fewer natural resources. DSWA also collects landfill gas at its Sandtown and Jones Crossroads Landfill. Ameresco developed, owns, and operates the two-landfill gas-to-energy power plants at DSWA’s Sandtown and Jones Crossroads Landfills. Tons of naturally occurring methane, is now being captured and converted into “green” electricity. Before the landfill gas project, the methane gas was safely extracted at the landfill sites through wells and pipes buried in the landfills and combusted in a flare. The gas is now diverted from the flare to the landfill gas plants equipped with specialized GE/Jenbacher engines designed to burn non-pipeline gases such as landfill gas. The seven engines can produce a combined 7.4 megawatts (MWs) of electricity – enough to meet the annual power needs of over 4,500 homes. Constellation NewEnergy, North America’s largest competitive power supplier, has signed a ten-year agreement to purchase the power from the two plants. Using methane from landfills for power production will help reduce global warming.