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Ground broken for new Republic Services green-power project

Republic Services said Thursday that it has broken ground on a renewable-energy project at the waste-management company’s Apex landfill, about 20 miles north of Las Vegas.

The 11-megawatt power station will use landfill gas drawn from a series of wells at the site to power a turbine generator. Republic officials estimate that the project will capture 60 percent to 90 percent of the landfill’s methane. Burning methane for electricity transforms the gas into water and carbon dioxide.

“Using landfill gas for electric power production provides an additional source of clean, domestically fueled energy production,” said Joe Burkel, Republic Services’ area president, in a statement. “This is an invaluable opportunity to use the gas produced at the landfill for energy generation and further endorses our mission to reduce our carbon footprint as a company.”

New Jersey-based power developer and consultant Energenic is partnering with Republic to build the generating station.

Local power utility NV Energy has agreed to a 20-year deal to buy electricity from the plant. The companies haven’t disclosed the financial terms of the power-purchasing agreement.The Apex waste-gas plant is scheduled to come on line by late 2011.

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