Policy: Environment & Energy

GM using landfill gas to power Indiana plant

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — The General Motors factory near Fort Wayne has started using a small power plant that burns landfill gas to generate some of the factory's electricity.

Company and local officials took part in a ceremony Wednesday marking the start of operations for the $11 million project.

Installation of four electricity-generating engines began in November. The Journal Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1me3DdJ ) the engines have been running at full speed for a week, providing 28 percent of the GM truck assembly plant's electricity.

GM says the 4,000-worker Fort Wayne factory is the first automotive plant in North America to operate such a system.

The project included building a pipeline to bring in the methane gas from a landfill about nine miles away.

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Information from: The Journal Gazette, http://www.journalgazette.net

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