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At Clean Energy Summit, leaders announce new trash-to-gas energy plant in Northern Nevada

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Mikayla Whitmore

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack speaks during a press conference announcing the Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc. Sierra BioFuels project during the National Clean Energy Summit 7.0: Partnership & Progress at Mandalay Bay Resort on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. Also pictured is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Myron Gray, president of U.S. operation for UPS and Lydia Ball, executive director of Clean Energy Project.

National Clean Energy Summit 7.0

U.S. Senator Harry Reid delivers his opening remarks at the National Clean Energy Summit 7.0: Partnership & Progress on Thursday, September 4th at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

Northern Nevada will soon be converting the region’s household trash into gas.

After a two-year review, the federal government approved a $105 million loan guarantee for a biofuels plant in Storey County operated by Fulcrum BioEnergy, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today at the Clean Energy Summit at Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center in Las Vegas.

The plant will be the first of its kind in the U.S. Construction will begin this fall.

Fulcrum said that in 2016 its Sierra BioFuels plant will begin converting 200,000 tons of garbage from a regional landfill into 10,000 gallons of biofuels per year.

The fuels from the plant will be for aviation, said Fulcrum CEO James Macias,

At the 2012 energy summit, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it was selecting Fulcrum as the company that would receive the federal loan. Today marks the closing of the deal, Macias said.

The project will provide 500 construction jobs and 100 permanent jobs for Fulcrum employees, he said.

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