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GM plant to convert landfill gas into electricity

GM has scored another first at its Allen County facility.

The truck assembly plant that was the first in the U.S. to be officially landfill free is now the first automotive plant in North America to operate a co-generation facility that converts landfill gas into electricity.

General Motors management and local elected officials cut the ribbon on the $11 million project today. Installation of four energy-generating engines began in November.

Projections call for GM to save $3.5 million a year in energy costs and prevent the annual release of 39,000 metric tons of CO2 gases – roughly equal to the emissions of 8,126 passenger vehicles, GM said in a news release.

The Detroit-based automaker also distributed $100,000 to 11 northeast Indiana nonprofits.

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