California Landfill Taps Methane For Power

Jan 22, 2015 9:36 AM

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Garbage from Orange County will soon be powering homes and schools under a plan to convert landfill bio-gas into electricity.

The plans for the Irvine landfill, expected to be announced Thursday, will make it the fourth Orange County waste site to trap the gases that naturally seep out of decomposing garbage and convert them into power.

The technology is not new, and hundreds of landfills across the U.S. collect gas for power already.

The gas-to-energy project will produce enough electricity to power 14,500 homes in Anaheim.

But it may be one of the last ones because landfills big enough to be profitable are getting scarce.

The groundbreaking comes amid Gov. Jerry Brown's push to have half of the state's electricity come from renewable resources by 2030.


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