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Anchorage army base turns trash into energy

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 15, 2013 at 8:02 am •  Published: February 15, 2013

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson near Anchorage now receives 25 percent of its electricity from old trash.

Air Force Lt. Gen. Stephen Hoog, the senior military officer in Alaska, updated lawmakers on the status of the landfill gas power plant during a presentation to the Joint Armed Services Committee meeting Thursday.

Hoog expects the plant, which has been operational since September, to pay for itself in five years.

The project was made possible by a partnership with the Municipality of Anchorage and Doyon Utilities.

Hoog says the plant uses processed methane collected from the Anchorage landfill. That gas would have otherwise been vented and burned into the atmosphere.

Federal regulations require bases to power at least seven percent of their operations using renewable energy.