MAY 2010
                                        

Georgia Power partners with WM on renewable energy

Georgia Power recently signed a long-term contract with Waste Management that will produce electricity from landfill gas. This contract will take effect after Georgia Public Service Commission approval.

Georgia Power and Waste Management Renewable Energy LLC entered into a 10 year deal for electricity that will be generated from everyday household trash. The power will come from Waste Management’s new energy-generating facility at its Superior Landfill and Recycling Center in Savannah, Georgia.

According to Environmental Protection Agency data, the facility developed by Waste Management is among the largest in Georgia and the Southeast. The methane gas used to make electricity comes from natural decomposition of the garbage disposed at the landfill.

The agreement will provide Georgia Power with 100 percent of the renewable energy annually from Waste Management’s 6.4 megawatt facility in Savannah, Georgia, as well as the associated renewable energy credits. One megawatt is enough energy to supply a Super Target store or approximately 250 Georgia residences.

Georgia Power selected Waste Management from a number of independent renewable generators who submitted bids through the company’s green request for proposals issued in April 2009. The energy from Superior Landfill will be used to help grow Georgia Power’s Green Energy program.