Invited Session: Energy Recovery

Recovery and Beneficial Use of Biogas from Municipal Solid Waste (0.5 CEU)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
9:00 – 9:30
Room 320

Moderator: Antonios Sakalis, Environmental Consultant, D. Argyropoulos & Associates, Greece

LMOP is a voluntary program that works cooperatively with industry stakeholders and waste officials to reduce or avoid methane emissions from landfills. LMOP encourages the recovery and beneficial use of biogas generated from organic municipal solid waste. This presentation will provide an overview of LMOP and its tools and services such as LFGcost-Web, LMOP's initial economic feasibility model for LFG energy projects that was recently updated. We will discuss the state of LFG beneficial use projects in the United States, including national statistics and details on specific projects that are under construction or have recently come online. We will highlight innovative LFG and biogas projects across the United States. We also will present information about trends in the industry, such as increasing interest in projects that create vehicle fuel (e.g., renewable compressed natural gas [CNG]) and projects that combine LFG with other biogas sources. Lastly, LMOP will share information on upcoming resources and initiatives the program is developing in 2017 and beyond.

Following this presentation, the audience will be able to:

  • Learn about the U.S. EPA’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) and its tools and services
  • Examine the state of landfill gas (LFG) beneficial use projects in the United States
  • Discuss trends in the industry, such as increasing interest in projects that create vehicle fuel and projects that combine LFG with other biogas sources
  • Learn about information on new and upcoming resources and initiatives in the program


Kirsten Cappel, Program Manager, U.S. EPA Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP)

Kirsten Cappel

Kirsten Cappel is a program manager for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP). Ms. Cappel’s primary role is to coordinate and manage LMOP’s domestic activities. She provides technical assistance on landfill gas energy and creates alliances between the LMOP and states, utilities, landfill owners and operators, communities, and the landfill gas industry. During her tenure at the EPA, Ms. Cappel served as the program manager for EPA climate protection partnerships with the U.S. semiconductor and magnesium industries. In addition, she managed the domestic essential use exemption program for metered-dose inhalers and US regulations for importing ozone-depleting substances. Prior to joining EPA, Ms. Cappel served as a communications associate at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change and an international sustainable development intern to the Secretariat to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine, and a Master’s degree in environmental management in resource economics and policy from Duke University.