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New Energy Source for Florida and South Alabama

By: Lauren Davis
By: Lauren Davis

Americans are dependant on fossil fuels like coal, natural gas, and crude oil to produce electricity. Springhill Landfill in Campbellton is helping to reduce that reliance by converting gas from trash into renewable energy.

Waste Management delivers tons of trash daily to Springhill Regional Landfill in Campbellton, Florida.

The methane gas from the garbage has been flared off into the atmosphere. However, soon it will be turned into usable energy for Alabama Electric and West Florida Electric customers.

Bill Rimes, West Florida Electric said, “This is a step in the right direction. There are 900 coops in the nation and if all did it then it would reduce our dependence on foreign oil.”

The vacuum pulls methane gas from the garbage into these tanks. Then it's distributed to the six inch, 12 cylinder engines which make electricity that travels trough the power lines.

“It will go to a grid in Campbellton, and then electricity will be offered to people in Florida and South Alabama,” said Gary Smith, Alabama Electric.

It will be enough energy to provide electricity to about 4,000 homes a year. The plant meets federal guidelines on sound and emissions, and it's even self-sufficient.

The facility begins producing electricity for residents next week.


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