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July 2016
Local landfills convert methane gas into electricity

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - Your garbage can generate electricity. It sounds futuristic, but it's happening right now in the metro area.

Channel 2 Action News was there when Mas Energy and Republic Services unveiled three landfill-gas-to-energy plants in the metro this week. The largest is in Buford, with two others in Winder and Griffin.

As trash breaks down, it releases methane gas into the atmosphere. The three plants capture that methane gas and convert it into electricity.

Together the three generate enough energy to power nearly 16,000 homes.

Commissioner Tim Echols with the Georgia Public Service Commission saw the value in having such facilities and pushed for their financing.

"We look way out into the future to make sure that the energy portfolio is balanced here in our state, and probably the most important thing to us is keeping rates low," Echols told Severe Weather team 2 meteorologist Katie Walls.

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