Trash-to-power plant proposed in Erie Twp.

Erie Township officials hope to replace the city's landfill with a "plasma arc gasified" power plant in the next two years.

SunCrest Energy LLC, a Michigan company, signed a host-community agreement with the township to operate the proposed 100-megawatt plant. The $500 million facility would create 140 jobs.

But first it needs customers. Company spokesmen said the firm has proposed selling its power to local utilities such as Consumers Energy, DTE Energy, and others. So far, though, no agreements have been made.

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