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GREER, S.C. (AP) - More than a year after BMW Manufacturing Co. announced plans to convert landfill gas to electricity, officials say the project has exceeded expectations.
It's good news for similar projects being considered throughout the state. A project in Lee County should begin operation in November and another in Anderson should be running by next spring.
But the project between BMW and Waste Management and Ameresco Energy has done more than produce energy.
Area carbon dioxide emissions were reduced by 34,000 tons in the last nine months of 2003 because the plant used less natural gas and electricity and because the methane gas emissions from the landfill were captured.
BMW is on target to eliminate annually the equivalent of emissions from more than 60,000 cars.
"We think we're on target for about 55,000 tons, as long as we operate this," said Duncan Seaman, BMW facilities and energy manager.
In addition to reducing emissions, BMW saves about $1 million a year in energy costs.