GE’s Jenbacher J420 gas engines are being deployed in and air force base Alaska and are set to save the US military up to $50m.

Doyon Utilities, LLC (Doyon) held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the first landfill-gas-to-energy (LFGTE) project in Alaska, which is powered by GE’s (NYSE: GE) ecomagination-qualified Jenbacher gas engines.
GE Jenbacher

Located on the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, a joint US Army and Air Force base, the project will provide approximately half of JBER–Richardson’s 13 MW of peak demand power.

“Beginning in 2013, federal agencies will be required to use renewable energy sources to provide at least 7.5 per cent of total electric consumption,” said Dan Gavora, CEO of Doyon Utilities LLC.

“GE’s technology allows us to turn landfill gas (methane) into an energy source for the US military base and also into a revenue stream for the municipal utility, which currently flares the gas instead of selling it. In addition, the plant will help the military improve its energy security and move closer to its renewable energy target.”

According to military officials, the power produced will offset what the military would have to buy from the municipality, which will add up to more than $30m in savings over the life of the project.

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