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Portland approves plan to turn city’s sewage methane into natural gas

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City of Portland has announced the approval of a new clean energy plan that will turn methane from the city’s sewage waste into natural gas.

The news was announced on the heels of Earth Day, and comes at a time when cities — despite certain presidential administration issues — are working to reduce their pollution levels and increase their usage of renewable and ‘green’ energy.

Ultimately, Portland officials say this plan, once implemented, will rake in a net $3 million every year, and will result in 100-percent methane recovery from sewage waste.

The renewable natural gas produced from the methane will then be sold back to the city residents and, when applicable, to other places.

The natural gas will be used, among other things, to power trucks that would otherwise be using diesel.

This ambitious plan will, says Portland Environmental Services, produce enough renewable natural gas to replace more than a million gallons of diesel fuel.

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