GM using landfill gas to power Indiana plant

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — The General Motors factory near Fort Wayne has started using a small power plant that burns landfill gas to generate some of the factory’s electricity.

Company and local officials took part in a ceremony Wednesday marking the start of operations for the $11 million project.

Installation of four electricity-generating engines began in November. The Journal Gazette reports the engines have been running at full speed for a week, providing 28 percent of the GM truck assembly plant’s electricity.

GM says the 4,000-worker Fort Wayne factory is the first automotive plant in North America to operate such a system.

The project included building a pipeline to bring in the methane gas from a landfill about nine miles away. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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