Fort Wayne Part of Major GM Investment
December 4, 2013
Roanoke, Ind. -- Fort Wayne Assembly announced today it will be part of a two-plant, $24-million investment by GM to turn landfill gas into electricity that will help power the facility.
The plant, which assembles Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickup trucks, will spend about $11 million to install equipment that will create 6.4 megawatts of electricity from landfill gas, a renewable energy source.
Lake Orion Assembly Plant, in Orion Township, Mich., will also install co-generation equipment.
The entire project will help GM avoid producing a combined 89,000 metric tons of CO2 per year, equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions from 18,542 passenger vehicles. Fort Wayne Assembly will avoid approximately 39,000 metric tons of CO2 per year, and save just under $5 million in energy costs annually.
“This project converts landfill gas into our own electric energy for manufacturing,” said Dave Shenefield, Fort Wayne Assembly’s site utilities manager. “This makes good business sense, because it helps us save on energy costs, and it makes good environmental sense as it limits the amount of greenhouse gas released into the atmosphere.”
Fort Wayne Assembly has used landfill gas to create steam for its boilers since 2002. The electricity generation investment will increase the facility’s use of landfill gas four-fold, to 40 percent of its energy usage. Earlier this year, Fort Wayne was named an U.S. EPA Energy Star certified facility for its prudent energy management.
GM worked closely with its electricity supplier, United REMC, on the project.
"We understand how important GM is to the regional economy, so we wanted to do what we could to make this project a reality," said Rob Pearson, United REMC chief executive officer. “We worked closely with GM to provide the proper infrastructure and rates to help GM help the environment, save money and move forward with new technology.
This investment will require installation of large-scale generation equipment, high-voltage electrical switchgear and a building structure to house and protect the system’s components for safe and efficient operations.
Construction on both projects has begun and is expected to be complete and operational by May of 2014.
For more information on GM’s environmental commitment, visit its sustainability report and environmental blog.
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Source: General Motors Co.'