Bioenergy, Geothermal, Hydropower

Duck Manure-Powered Plant to Wisconsin

We Energies has opened Wisconsin’s first fully operational duck manure-to-energy digester facility at Maple Leaf Farms in Franksville, Wisconsin…

Milwaukee, Wisconsin – October 15, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] We Energies has opened Wisconsin’s first fully operational duck manure-to-energy digester facility at Maple Leaf Farms in Franksville, Wisconsin. “We Energies is constantly working to find new and better ways to deliver energy to our customers,” said Dick Grigg, We Energies president and CEO. “This facility represents the creativity and innovation our state needs to care for our environment and secure our energy future.” “This facility represents the creativity and innovation our state needs to care for our environment and secure our energy future.” “I’m very proud that we’ve developed a way to turn our waste into Renewable Energy and protect the land for future generations,” said Dan Harper, corporate manager of governmental and environmental affairs for Maple Leaf Farms. “We want to be a good neighbor to the area surrounding our facility. The electricity we generate here at the facility will flow to businesses and people’s homes.” Maple Leaf Farms is the leading duck producer in North America. As animal waste decomposes, it releases methane gas. A manure digester speeds up this process and captures the methane. The gas is then used to fuel a small power plant. The generating unit at Maple Leaf Farms produces 200 KW, enough to provide electricity for about 75 homes. We Energies recently formed a Renewable Energy Collaborative to guide the company in achieving its Renewable Energy commitments, which are that at least 5 percent of its retail electric energy sales will come from Renewable Energy sources by 2011. Access: http://www.WisconsinEnergy.com