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Marines' landfill power project ready to go

MCLB-ALBANY, Ga. — Officials with Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany and Chevron Energy Solutions will “flip the switch” on the Navy’s first landfill gas cogeneration plant this morning at Maintenance Center Albany aboard MCLB-Albany.

Base officials say the plant will produce 1.9 megawatts of renewable electric power and steam by burning landfill gas collected from the Fleming/Gaissert Road Landfill. With the addition of the plant, MCLB-Albany’s power portfolio now contains 19 percent renewable power, exceeding guidelines in the EPAct of 2005 and Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

The innovative program between the Navy and Dougherty County takes advantage of gas that is generated by decaying material buried at the Dougherty landfill.