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Methane from Kekaha landfill could be used to power buses

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - Kauai County is planning for a more sustainable future by using methane gas generated from decaying organic matter in the Kekaha landfill to power the public bus fleet.

The Garden Island reports the project is part of a long-term strategy to reduce the island's dependence on fossil fuels.

The county has allocated $5 million to build a biogas collection system that would capture methane and refine the gas that could then be used to power vehicles.

Estimates predict the county could capture and convert enough biogas to replace up to 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel per day, which is approximately double the amount used by the bus fleet today.

It is still unclear when the county could implement such a system.

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