This public-private collaboration is the first municipal landfill producing renewable natural gas in Oklahoma
The Scissortail Renewables project is a new renewable natural gas plant that will harness methane from household waste into clean, renewable energy for Enid residents.
ENID, Okla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sparq Renewables, The City of Enid and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC today celebrated the groundbreaking of the Scissortail Renewables project, a new renewable natural gas (RNG) plant that will harness methane from household waste into clean, renewable energy for Enid residents. This public-private collaboration is the first municipally-owned landfill in Oklahoma to produce pipeline-quality renewable natural gas. The Scissortail Renewables facility will be located at the Enid City Landfill.
“The Scissortail Renewables project is a milestone for Enid,” said Enid Mayor David Mason. “We are proud to be the first municipality in Oklahoma to use a city-owned landfill to capture gas and turn it into a renewable source of energy for its residents. This facility is an investment in the future of Enid, creating jobs and economic opportunities for our citizens. I am grateful for our forward-thinking and future-focused city council as well as Sparq Renewables and NextEra Energy Resources for the commitment to bring such a significant development to Enid.”
RNG production is a carbon-neutral energy solution with many environmental and economic benefits including lowering methane emissions and utilizing current natural gas infrastructure. Landfill gas is comprised of methane that is generated through the decomposition of waste and, if released into the atmosphere, is a potent greenhouse gas. However, it can be used as a renewable energy source that directly reduces pollution to the atmosphere. The project will assist the City of Enid with improving air quality near the facility.
“Sparq’s vision is to harness the state’s many renewable resources, including landfill gas, to create a more sustainable and cleaner Oklahoma,” said CEO of Sparq Renewables Norman Herrera. “Naturally occurring methane from household trash is one source we believe is significantly underutilized in the state and we appreciate the opportunity to help contribute toward meaningful environmental change through the creation of Scissortail Renewables. We know that there isn’t one answer for sustainability and are grateful to work with Enid and NextEra Energy Resources to play a role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and bringing an economic benefit to cities throughout in the state.”
Once construction is complete and the facility is operational, Scissortail Renewables will capture the naturally occurring methane gas from household waste and turn it into clean energy for Enid residents. Once operational, Scissortail’s gas collection and processing facility will inject low-carbon gas into the existing ONEOK pipeline to deliver natural gas to consumers to heat homes and fuel businesses.
“This project represents an exciting collaboration to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It will have a meaningful and sustainable environmental impact on Oklahoma and will progress our commitment of leading the decarbonization of the U.S. economy,” said Ross Groffman, Vice President at NextEra Energy Resources.
Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment Ken McQueen agrees this future facility will be a powerful example of environmental progress.
“Oklahomans have a long history of addressing issues with creative solutions,” said McQueen. “The Scissortail Renewables project is another example of a successful public-private collaboration that will help Oklahoma continue to lead in smart energy and champion responsible environmental solutions for our resource-rich state. On behalf of the state, we are grateful for this project and look forward to more inspiring and innovative energy stewardship through Oklahoma’s natural resources.”