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Landfill Gas

Energy Sources

What Is Landfill Gas?

Landfill gas is a type of biomass energy categorized as "waste energy." The process of decomposition—when organic material is broken down by microorganisms—generates methane gas. Methane is a greenhouse gas and can be hazardous. Most landfills simply burn off this gas, but through innovative Green Energy initiatives, this renewable energy can be harnessed to generate electricity.

Generating Power

To produce power, gas wells slowly draw methane from the landfill and pipe it to a facility where it's burned to turn engines or turbnes and create electricity.

Waste Management's Superior Landfill in Savannah, has been partnering with Georgia Power since 2010 to provide 6.4 megawatts of clean renewable energy to our grid.

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