Toyota to power plant with energy from landfill

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GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WTVQ) – Toyota has announced a partnership with the Central Kentucky Landfill that will generate electricity from landfill gas starting November 23.

Organizers say they electricity will be enough to produce about 10,000 vehicles per year at the Georgetown plant.

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The plant will collect the methane-turned-electricity via a 6.5 mile underground line.  Methane, a byproduct of trash decomposition, reduces greenhouse-gas emissions when captured and burned, according to the EPA.

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As a part of their announcement event, Toyota brought the recently launched Mirai, the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle.   The Mirai’s production is part of Toyota’s recently announced sustainability plan — a goal aimed at largely eliminating CO2 emissions from its vehicles and manufacturing plants by 2050.