New plant will create enough renewable energy to power more than 1,800 homes.
Houston-based Waste Management has opened a gas-to-energy power plant at its Lockwood landfill in northern Nevada. According to Waste Management, the facility is the only one of its type in the state.
Lockwood Landfill, which has been operating since March 2012, will be producing electricity from solid waste that can’t be recycled. The power plant will use landfill gas to produce up to 3.2 megawatts of electricity.
"The Gas-To-Energy Facility at the Lockwood Landfill ensures that not even garbage will go to waste," says Justin Caporusso, a Waste Management spokesperson. "By investing in landfill gas-to-energy, we are powering homes using the same waste that is left at the curb."
"Waste Management has been developing landfill gas-to-energy technology for over two decades, and we operate more of these facilities than any other company in the United States," says Paul Pabor, vice president of renewable energy for Waste Management. "As a leader in this industry, we understand how landfills operate and how to use technology to extract the most value from the waste stream."
Waste Management owns 131 landfill gas-to-energy plants in North America. The company says it generates energy to power 475,000 homes at all of its plants combined.