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Renewable Fuels Facility to Save Dekalb County $3 million
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Renewable Fuels Facility to Save Dekalb County $3 million

DECATUR – The Greenest Urban County in America is getting a little greener.

DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis, in conjunction with the Clean Cities Atlanta Petroleum Reduction Program and Energy Systems Group, held a ceremonial groundbreaking today for a new renewable natural gas (RNG) processing facility at the Seminole Road Landfill in Ellenwood.

“With this DeKalb County Renewable Fuels Facility, we will turn landfill gas into renewable fuel thereby reducing diesel and gasoline fuel consumption and related emissions in the metro Atlanta area,” said CEO Ellis.

Through this program, the DeKalb County Sanitation Department will convert 70 vehicles to run on RNG that is produced by the DeKalb County Renewable Fuels Facility providing a fuel that is cleaner and less expensive than diesel fuel.  Compared to the cost of diesel fuel, DeKalb County is forecasting fuel savings of $3 million over the next 8 years.  The county’s goal is to eventually replace or adapt its entire fleet of 306 sanitation vehicles with natural gas vehicles over the same time period. The program is funded by DeKalb County and a U.S. Department of Energy grant made possible through President Obama’s federal stimulus program, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Once the facility is completed, the county will have the capacity to process more landfill gas than any other county in Georgia.

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