GM to Become First US Automaker to Generate Its Own Electricity

General Motors has announced it will invest no less than $24 million in electrical generation equipment that will allow the automaker to use more landfill gas at its assembly plants in Fort Wayne (Indiana) and Orion (Michigan).
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The new equipment, which will generate more than 14 megawatts of electricity from landfill gas, will help GM avoid producing more than 23,000 metric tons of CO2 per year. This translates into an annual greenhouse gas emissions of 4,800 automobiles and combined savings of $10 million in energy costs each year at both facilities.

More over, the new equipment will make General Motors the first car manufacturer in North America to generate its own electricity.

“We have made a public commitment to increase our use of renewable energy within GM to 125 megawatts by 2020,” said Rob Threlkeld, GM global manager of renewable energy. “This expansion represents more than 10 percent of that goal.”
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