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.