The new facility is expected to provide power to around 12,000 houses in the state.
Waste Management Inc.
, a waste management and recycling firm headquartered in Houston, has completed the construction of its newest gas-to-energy plant at its Pine Tree Acres Renewable Energy facility in Lenox, Mich. When fully operational, the new plant will generate around 12.8 megawatts of electricity, enough to provide power to 12,000 homes in the state.
Chuck Cassie, senior district manager for Waste Management, says, “Waste Management is committed to the investments and innovative technology required to bring a state-of-the-art facility like this to Macomb County communities. By converting waste into energy for more than 12,000 residents, the new Pine Tree Acres Green Energy Plant represents the best of having tomorrow's technology here and now.”
WM’s Pine Tree Acres facility will channel around 4,800 cubic feet per minute of landfill gas into eight 20-cylinder Caterpillar engines to produce electricity. The electricity generated will be delivered to Consumers Energy through International Transmission Co’s transmission system.
WM’s other existing gas-to-energy plant at Pine Tree Acres generates 8.8 megawatts of electricity.
“Green energy is reliable energy,” Cassie says. “As technology allows Waste Management to extract more and more out of waste, landfill gas will continue serving as an ideal source of reliable energy—for Macomb County (Michigan) and beyond.”