Liberty Utilities unveils renewable gas plan at Bethlehem landfill

October 11, 2018. Liberty Utilities wants to transform all the methane coming out of the North Country Environmental Services landfill in Bethlehem into enough gas to supply 6 percent of its New Hampshire customers’ energy needs, the utility announced.

   The project, which will be one of the first, and the largest, renewable natural gas projects in New England, would result in lower prices for customers, if the company is able to sell thermal renewable energy credits, or TRECs.

   In addition, said Susan Fleck, president of the company’s New Hampshire operations, “this project will reduce air emissions, develop a local renewable resource, lower fuel costs for our customers and create jobs and economic development in the North Country.”

   A third party, Rudarpa Inc., based in Utah, would collect the gas, remove impurities to turn it into the chemical equivalent of natural gas and then compress it into trucks, which would then deliver the product to Liberty’s facilities in Concord, Keene and perhaps Lebanon.

   Liberty would then be able to decompress the gas to serve the 92,000 homes and businesses in the 31 communities it serves.

   Liberty officials also said they have a letter of intent from two large customers that would buy about 44 percent of the gas for their own needs, according to a filing with the NH Public Utilities Commission.