Renewable Gas-to-Energy Generation

A new partnership aims to generate clean, Renewable Energy by harnessing the energy potential of animal waste while at the same time adding to the region’s energy diversity and solving the problem of waste disposal.

La Crosse, Wisconsin – April 10, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Dairyland Power Cooperative (DPC) has signed a Letter of Intent with Microgy, a subsidiary of Environmental Power, to produce waste-to-energy electricity at dairy and swine farms within the DPC system. Manure will be the resource and methane – its byproduct through anaerobic digestion – will be the fuel used to generate electricity for DPC cooperative members. This green alliance with Microgy enables DPC to expand its Renewable Energy portfolio as part of its long-term power supply plan to use clean, cost-effective sources of energy. The project will begin with 5 MW of renewable electricity with planned growth of up to 25 MW in five years, fulfilling the energy needs of approximately 20,000 homes in DPC’s five-state service area. Environmental Power, through Microgy, holds the license for the anaerobic digestion technology. The digester will be owned by the farmer and the generating equipment will be purchased by DPC. The fuel (methane) created by the waste will be bought from the farmer by DPC and the partnership’s goal is to make the Renewable Energy available over the next year. “We aim to implement the initial construction phase of waste-to-energy this year,” said John McWilliams, DPC resource planner. “The first step will be to identify the most likely participants to get the project running. Some participation eligibility factors will include the size of the farm herd and the proximity to distribution infrastructure.”

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