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Richmond Power & Light Using Converting Trash To Power

Last updated on Tuesday, August 9, 2011

(RICHMOND) - Richmond Power & Light is using a new system to generate power - using trash from a landfill.

General Manager Steve Saum says the process starts at the landfill where waste is shredded, cubed, sealed and sent to their facility where it's turned into gas and then into steam to be used for power.

Saum says they will save millions of dollars since they will not be using coal to produce power. Energy Services Director Harry Phillips says the process does not involve incineration.

Phillips says the main emission from this process is ash which is not hazardous. He says they are working to see if the ash can be used make cement or road paving materials.

Saum and Phillips say the new technology should create new jobs as they will need more people to handle the materials as they come in.

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