TULSA - For the first time, a project to convert methane gas into electricity has thrown the switch in Oklahoma.
American Environmental Landfill is using its 70-acre site in Sand Springs to generate enough electricity to power 4,500 homes.
That means more affordable power for Green Country residents.
It also helps fight the persistent ozone problem in Tulsa.
"Methane is very, very damaging to our ozone layer," Project Manager Todd Green told KRMG. "In fact it's 100 times more damaging than carbon dioxide."
Montauk Energy, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania spent $8 million to fund the project.
It collects all the gases emitted by the landfill, which are comprised of roughly 50 percent methane, and pumps them into a processing plant.
The gases fuel generators which send the electricity down the line to a nearby substation, and ultimately to the power grid.
The companies have plans to expand the project in the near future.