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GE Energy Helps Power New Gas-to-Energy Project in San Francisco Bay Area.

ENERGY RESOURCE-2 July 2009-GE Energy Helps Power New Gas-to-Energy Project in San Francisco Bay Area(C)2009 JeraOne -

One of California's most powerful landfill gas-to-energy projects is relying on GE Energy's ecomagination-certified Jenbacher landfill gas engines.

Built by energy developer Ameresco Inc., the 11.5 MW biogas plant is located at the Ox Mountain Landfill, which is owned and operated by Republic Services and located in Half Moon Bay in San Mateo County.

The output of the plant is enough to provide electrical power for 7,500 to 10,000 average U.S. homes and will be sold to existing customers and project partners, the City of Palo Alto and the City of Alameda.

The plant is twice as powerful as other landfill gas projects in northern California.Inside the plant, six of GE Energy's Jenbacher JGS 616 GS-L.L generator sets are using the landfill's methane-rich gas to generate renewable electricity 24 hours a day. A portion of the electricity is being used to support the landfill's onsite operations, while surplus power is sold to Palo Alto and Alameda to support the Bay region's renewable energy goals.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP), the country's existing landfill gas projects have helped eliminate the combined equivalent of CO2 emissions generated by 14.3 million automobiles.

The Ox Mountain plant is one of about 540 new "candidate" U.S. projects identified by the LMOP program. It also is one of 75 alternative energy projects at Republic Services' landfills nationwide.

"GE is pleased to supply its Jenbacher technologies to support Ameresco's showcase landfill gas-to-energy project at Ox Mountain, which we believe will help pave the way for many other larger-scale landfill gas projects," said Roger George, general manager for GE's Jenbacher gas engine business in North America.

Northeast Energy Systems and Western Energy Systems, a distributor of GE's Jenbacher engines, helped supply the Jenbacher engines for the Ox Mountain project.

More than 1,300 of GE's Jenbacher landfill gas engines have been installed throughout the world, generating an estimated 1,300 MW.

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