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Georgia Biomethane Is Going Out to Bid

Billy Malone of Georgia’s DeKalb County is a national leader in landfill-derived biomethane for fueling vehicles.

Billy Malone of Georgia’s DeKalb County is a national leader in landfill-derived biomethane for fueling vehicles.

The number of compressed natural gas fueling stations in Georgia will jump eightfold by the end of 2012 to eight — from just one now.

Though that isn’t a huge number, it is a huge expansion of infrastructure, says Billy Malone, assistant director of public works and sanitation at DeKalb County. He helped lead the successful private/public application that resulted in DeKalb County winning $7.83 million of a $14.9 million grant by Clean Cities Atlanta Coalition to use landfill gas for vehicles.

Malone said DeKalb County plans to replace its fleet of 306 trucks, vans, pickups and sedans with CNG-powered vehicles over the next eight years. They will use a fueling station at the landfill and a second in the county, which will also be full public access. A third public access station is planned for 2012.

Meanwhile Clean Cities Atlanta partner PS Energy plans two stations in DeKalb County and two more elsewhere in Georgia.

DeKalb County has begun the process to find contractors to upgrade its landfill gas to vehicle-pipeline quality by the end of 2011.

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