Vectren unit to make electricity from landfill gas

Energy Systems Group, an arm of Evansville-based utility Vectren Corp., said today it plans to use gas from a southwestern Indiana landfill to power an electrical generator.

The company is tapping gas from Veolia ES Blackfood Landfill near Winslow with the aim of generating 1.6 megawatts initially and building to 3.2 million megawatts – enough to power 2,000 houses.

The project will begin operating in 2009 and continue for at least 20 years.

Veolia is a unit of Veolia Environmental Services North America Corp. of Lombard, Ill. Its parent, Veolia Environmental Services, is a utility giant headquartered in France.

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