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Urban county caucus to tour DeKalb’s renewable energy plant on Friday

DECATUR –Members of the National Association of Counties’ Large Urban County Caucus (LUCC) will tour DeKalb County’s Renewable Energy Facility at 4203 Clevemont Road, Ellenwood on Friday, Nov. 30, 11:30 a.m.

DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis and the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners will host the bipartisan coalition of elected county executives from the nation’s 100 largest urban counties, giving them a look at DeKalb’s CNG fueling station, observation deck, and citizen convenience drop-off center.

The facility and fueling station, which began operations this year, is a model for green projects that can be replicated in other urban counties across the United States.

DeKalb County’s Seminole Road Landfill is the first in the nation to simultaneously create CNG from landfill gas, dispense it to consumers on site and pipe any excess back into the natural gas pipeline.

The project is the environmental equivalent of taking 30,000 cars off the road every year and will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 17,000 tons, or what is released into the atmosphere from 17 million gallons of gasoline.