A $28-million power plant, designed to slash greenhouse gas emissions as well as electricity costs, has been completed at GM Canada’s engine and transmission factory in St. Catharines, Ont.
The 6.4-megawatt plant uses renewable landfill gas delivered by pipeline from the nearby Walker landfill site to generate electricity from newly installed engines at the GM facility. The automaker will also recover the thermal energy generated by the transmission and engine plant — and that is typically considered waste — to power and heat the St. Catharines factory.
The cogeneration project was facilitated through partnerships with Alectra Utilities, Integrated Gas Recovery Services and the Ontario Centres of Excellence.
The program is expected to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 70 per cent while protecting the engine and transmission plant from rising electricity and carbon costs, the automaker said.
“This cogeneration project demonstrates the power of local partnerships to deliver results that improve the bottom line, protect the environment and meet our sustainability targets,” GM St. Catharines Plant Director Carolyne Watts said in a statement.
GM has committed to fulfill all of its global operations’ electricity needs with 100 per cent renewable energy by 2040.