Kinetrex breaks ground on renewable natural gas plant in Indianapolis

Plant will turn greenhouse gas from trash into fuel and significantly lower emissions


INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Kinetrex Energy, EDL and South Side Landfill announced today that they have broken ground on a new renewable natural gas (RNG) facility in Indianapolis. The completed facility will convert landfill gas into approximately 8 million gallons of RNG each year, and in the process will reduce greenhouse gas air emissions, develop a local renewable resource, lower fuel costs and create high-paying jobs and economic development in Indiana. It will be the largest RNG project in Indiana.

“This is a major milestone for Kinetrex Energy, our partners and central Indiana,” said Aaron Johnson, president and CEO of Kinetrex Energy. “The plant strengthens our position as leaders in the creation of renewable fuel and natural gas delivery. The RNG from the landfill will fuel Class 8 vehicles throughout the Midwest and will replace over 8 million gallons of diesel. RNG is cheaper than diesel and significantly reduces the emission of methane and other greenhouse gases.”

The decomposition of organic material creates methane, which is a potent greenhouse gas if released into the atmosphere. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, methane is 28-36 times stronger than carbon dioxide. The plant’s reduction in greenhouse gas emissions is equivalent to removing up to 19,000 passenger cars from the road each year.

“We are proud to partner with Kinetrex Energy and EDL to make this project possible,” said South Side Landfill President Mike Balkema. “South Side Landfill has been proactively capturing gas at the landfill for commercial use for more than 30 years, and this is the latest step in reducing emissions to make our city safer and healthier for our residents.”

The plant will create 50 construction jobs and four full-time positions after construction is complete. The new plant will sell the RNG to Kinetrex Energy where it will be turned into liquefied natural gas (LNG) and sold to Midwest transportation fleets. Compounding the environmental benefits of RNG, LNG engines available today have 90 percent lower emissions than the cleanest diesel.

“Once operational, the project will reduce methane emissions by approximately 17,000 tons per year, and carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 41,000 tons per year —which is equivalent to emissions from almost 47 million gallons of gasoline consumption,” said EDL North America CEO Jim Grant. “We look forward to working with Kinetrex Energy and South Side Landfill to harness the full potential of RNG to help decarbonize the transportation industry.”

The new RNG plant will be completed and fully operational in January 2020.

About Kinetrex Energy

Kinetrex is the U.S.’s leading inter-state liquefied natural gas (LNG) company and operates two significant LNG production facilities. Kinetrex provides turn-key energy solutions from a comprehensive portfolio of natural gas solutions including: LNG, renewable natural gas (RNG) and pipeline natural gas for customers in the transportation, commercial, industrial, agricultural and power markets.

About EDL

A leading global producer of sustainable distributed energy, EDL owns and operates a portfolio of 98 power stations in Australia, North America and Europe. From innovative renewable operations to clean and remote energy expertise, EDL delivers solutions to a diverse range of customers the world over.

About Indianapolis’s South Side Landfill

South Side Landfill is a privately owned business and the only Subtitle D, Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) landfill in Indianapolis. In continuous operation since 1971, South Side Landfill is proud to provide a range of waste management services to residential, small business and construction customers, as well as large commercial and industrial customers, in all of Central Indiana. Our facility has been designed and constructed to meet or exceed all state and federal requirements. South Side Landfill is also an educational resource for school districts, universities and civic groups, offering facility tours to approximately 6,000 individuals each year to show them that a modern landfill is not the “dump” most people imagine.