skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 170713 Find in a Library
Title: Capitalizing on Natural Gas
Journal: Corrections Today  Volume:59  Issue:5  Dated:(August 1997)  Pages:126-129
Author(s): T Kerr
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 4
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines the potential for correctional facilities to use landfill gas as fuel.
Abstract: Landfill gas is inexpensive, efficient and environmentally sound. It is produced as refuse decomposes, and its high concentration of methane makes it a valuable source of energy. Private companies that have implemented landfill gas-to-energy projects have realized substantial savings in their annual fuel bills. Many correctional facilities may be located close to landfills and therefore could benefit from direct landfill gas use. The Prince George's County, MD, detention center uses gas transported two miles via pipeline from a county landfill. The center uses the landfill gas as a primary fuel to provide heat and hot water, and also to produce electricity. The electricity produced exceeds the facility's needs, and the surplus is sold to the local utility company. The county has an annual revenue of $1 million from the sale of excess energy and the savings realized from not having to purchase fuel for heat and electricity. The article discusses how to evaluate whether landfill gas use is appropriate for a facility, and methods of converting landfill gas to energy.
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Correctional planning; Corrections decisionmaking; Corrections management; Cost/Benefit Analysis; Maryland; Operating costs; Prison costs; Prison location; Technical evolution
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS. Orlando Convention issue
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.