Luther College selected to complete landfill gas study

Recipient of a 2012 Second Nature Climate Leadership Award. One of eight colleges across the country to receive an "A" on the 2011 College Sustainability Report Card.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) has selected Luther College to receive a State Energy Program Formula award in the amount of $11,120 to fund a feasibility study to assess potential beneficial uses of landfill gas (LFG) generated at the Winneshiek County Landfill as an energy source for Luther College. The IEDA is paying 80% of the costs of the study, which will be conducted by Cornerstone Energy Group and completed by June 2014. The Winneshiek County Area Solid Waste Agency endorsed the study in October 2013. The study will involve the analysis of four options:

  • Cap and flare the LFG
  • Cap and utilize the LFG to fuel an onsite 500 kW electric generator
  • Cap, compress and pipe LFG 12 miles to Luther College heating plant
  • Cap, compress and transport LFG by truck to Luther College heating plant