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GM to invest $11 million in local electric project

FORT WAYNE -- General Motors Co. will invest about $11 million to turn landfill gas into electricity for the Allen County truck assembly plant, company officials announced today.The effort is part of a two-plant, $24 million project that includes the Lake Orion Assembly Plant in Michigan.

The local plant, which assembles Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups, will be able to generate 6.4 megawatts of electricity from landfill gas, a renewable energy source.

Estimates call for the Allen County operation to save almost $5 million a year in energy expense and reduce its annual carbon dioxide emissions by about 39,000 metric tons. Global warming is caused by carbon dioxide – or CO2 – emissions.

Combined, the project will eliminate about 89,000 metric tons of CO2 – roughly equal to the emissions of 18,500 passenger vehicles.

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