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[GreenYes] For FPL, it's garbage in, power out MIAMI HERALD JAN 30


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For FPL, it's garbage in, power out

Florida Power & Light is not quite making a silk purse out of a sow's ear, but it's close -- going green by burning the stinking gases in garbage dumps.

In an announcement Tuesday, the state's largest utility, already a leader in generating power with fewer greenhouse gas emissions, is teaming with Manatee Green Power to produce power from garbage gases.

CONTRACT APPROVED

The Public Service Commission Tuesday approved a contract between the two companies to generate electricity from landfill gases, largely methane, that result from decomposing material.

The 5.25-megawatt generating plant will be near the Lena Road Landfill in Manatee County. It is expected to start producing power in January 2009 and will serve about 1,800 homes, based on summer peak demand averages.

The new plant will reduce the need for fossil-fuel burning plants, which create greenhouse gases, which in turn have led to global warming. Burning of methane will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions...............................................................................................................................................................

 
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