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Landfill Gas

​Landfill gas is a safe and renewable energy source. It also reduces the need to use more polluting forms of energy, such as coal and oil. Exelon Generation owns and operates one of the largest landfill gas facilities in America.
Pick one: methane either pollutes the air, or we use it to make electricity.

Landfill gas is created as trash decomposes in a landfill. The gas is 50 percent methane, approximately 50 percent carbon dioxide, and a very small amount of non-methane organic compounds. Generating electricity with it has less environmental impact than burning fossil fuels. It also captures an energy source that otherwise would have gone to waste – or worse.

The methane in landfill gas is a potent greenhouse gas. Converting it to electricity controls it, instead of just allowing it to pollute our air. Methane is harmful to the environment, contributes to local smog and air quality problems, creates odors, and potentially explosions – but using landfill gas reduces these risks.

Exelon Generation owns and operates one of the largest landfill gas facilities in the country.

Everybody wins, starting with the environment.

Exelon Power converted an oil-fired 1950s plant in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania, into a clean-operating and reliable landfill gas-fired power plant. Today, it contributes to Exelon’s greenhouse gas reduction target. Exelon also operates the 6 MW Pennsbury landfill gas plant in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Exelon is a good neighbor within our local communities.

We support local communities and causes with charitable giving and sponsorships – typically driven by our employees. We encourage our employees to volunteer and give back to their communities. Exelon works to advance many important causes, including the environment, education, the arts and appreciation of diversity.

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Exelon Generation’s culture and business practice make us safety-first.

All Exelon Generation facilities employ sophisticated emergency response plans to protect public health and safety. Plans are reviewed and approved by state governments and federal regulatory agencies. Emergency planning includes coordination with local and municipal officials, and thousands of volunteers and first responders.

To protect the safety and health of our employees, contractors, customers and communities, we’ve implemented a number of initiatives to promote safe behaviors both on and off the job.

Exelon has a safety behavior observation program and focused initiatives on areas of high risk. We offer safety training, which is integrated with leadership development programs for supervisors and managers, as well as new employee orientation. And the safety peer group identifies successful pilot programs or new practices that can then be adopted by the entire organization.

Learn how Exelon always puts safety first