General Motors Canada has completed a $28 million co-generation investment at the St. Catharines Propulsion plant that will enhance the operation’s competitiveness by lowering greenhouse gas emissions and reducing future energy costs.
The co-generation program is expected to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 70%while protecting the engine and transmission plant from rising electricity and carbon costs.
It is the first complete renewable landfill gas industrial co-generation system in Ontario delivering renewable landfill gas from an offsite source.
The 6.4-megawatt co-generation project uses renewable landfill gas delivered by pipeline from the nearby Walker landfill to generate electricity from newly installed engines at the plant. GM will also recover the thermal energy that is usually thought waste to power and heat St. Catharines.
“This co-generation project demonstrates the power of local partnerships to deliver results that improve the bottom line, protect the environment and meet our sustainability targets,” said GM St. Catharines Plant Director Carolyne Watts.
The project was aided through partnerships with Alectra Utilities, Integrated Gas Recovery Services and the Ontario Centres of Excellence.
GM has committed to power all its global operations’ electricity needs with 100%renewable energy by 2040. Greater use of thermal energy helps address heating needs to further reduce emissions.