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Turning Cow Poo into Power is Profitable for US Farm
Homestead Dairy is a family-run farm that transforms cow poo and other waste into electricity using biogas. The digester does a much better job of turning the manure into fertilizer, which means a better yield from the farm's 4,500 acres of corn. Once that nutrient-rich liquid fertilizer is extracted, what's left makes for some nice soft bedding for the cows.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that more than three million tons of greenhouse gas emissions were eliminated last year by Homestead and the 246 other US livestock farms which have installed biogas recovery systems. The EPA estimates they could generate enough electricity to power over a million homes and cut emissions by the equivalent of taking nearly four million cars off the road. Biogas recovery is also being used to capture methane from landfills and sewage treatment plants and even at craft beer companies.

"The federal government is really committed to seeing progress in this sector," said Allison Costa, program manager for the EPA's AgStar unit. "Widespread investment and adoption could help us make significant inroads in helping us address some of our environmental and energy challenges."

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West Louisville Biodigester Would Be One Among Many Nationally
As city officials and residents clash over whether Indiana-based Nature's Methane should be allowed to build a plant that converts food waste into methane gas, an industry group that advocates for biogas production says the plan for an anaerobic digester in West Louisville is not out of the ordinary. According to Patrick Serfass with the American Biogas Council, there are about 2,000 digester tanks in the U.S. converting organic waste into natural gas. Most are in wastewater treatment plants, landfills and farms. More than a dozen, though, were specifically created to break down food waste -- like the project proposed for West Louisville. More>>

California Nears Law Requiring Organic Waste Infrastructure Planning
California's assembly has passed a bill requiring local governments to plan for the building of sufficient composting infrastructure to process organic waste. The California Senate passed AB 876, authored by Assembly member Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), which would force local governments, beginning Aug. 1, 2017, to assess the amount of organic waste that will be generated in a region during a 15-year period. They would be required to identify locations for new or expanded organic waste recycling facilities capable of handling this material, according to a news release from the Sacramento-based environmental advocacy group, Californians Against Waste. More>>

EREF publishes reports on the use of MSW
The not-for-profit Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) has published two reports, both resulting from its Internal Research Program (IRP). The reports are “Using Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) as a Biofuel Feedstock” and “Anaerobic Digestion of MSW: Report on the State of Practice.” More>>

Rolls-Royce to provide biogas CHP system in Wisconsin
Rolls-Royce has been selected by Wisconsin-based Statz Bros., Inc to provide an MTU Onsite Energy Series 4000 combined heat and power system for its newly developed dairy facility. More>>

Largest grid-connected African biogas plant comes online
Tropical Power has brought online a 2.4-MW biogas power plant in Kenya, reportedly the largest grid-connected biogas plant built in Africa to date. Located at Gorge Farm, an 800-hectare vegetable farm owned by VP Group, the $6.5 million, two-stage George Farm AD plant will take in waste from the operations as feedstock, around 150 metric tons per day, according to Tropical Power. As a byproduct, the plant is estimated to produce over 35,000 metric tons of fertilizer for use on the farm, displacing an estimated 20 percent of synthetic fertilizer. More>>

Five Takeaways from Molson Coors' 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report
Molson Coors Brewing Company, headquartered in Denver and Montreal, recently issued its Our Beer Print 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report, covering the company's 2014 progress toward its 2020 goals...The strategy is the company's commitment to investing in waste water treatment that will generate clean energy from the waste water produced by its breweries. The use of anaerobic digestion waste water treatment technology allows the company to treat waste water to a higher quality and generate biogas that to produce heat or electricity. The energy can be used to power its breweries. In terms of solid waste, the company goal is to send zero waste to landfill by 2020. More>>

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