farm

Farm Converts Cow Manure Into Electricity

Saturday, June 26, 2010 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer
Tags: cow manure, electricity, health news

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
CDC issues flu vaccine apology: this year's vaccine doesn't work!
Tetanus vaccines found spiked with sterilization chemical to carry out race-based genocide against Africans
Biologist explains how marijuana causes tumor cells to commit suicide
Companies begin planting microchips under employees' skin
NJ cops bust teenagers shoveling snow without a permit
Russia throws down the gauntlet: energy supply to Europe cut off; petrodollar abandoned as currency war escalates
McDonald's in global profit free fall as people everywhere increasingly reject chemically-altered toxic fast food
Chemotherapy kills cancer patients faster than no treatment at all
U2's Bono partners with Monsanto to destroy African agriculture with GMOs
FDA targets Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps for sharing health benefits of coconut oil
Why flu shots are the greatest medical fraud in history
Flu vaccine kills 13 in Italy; death toll rises
600 strains of an aerosolized thought control vaccine already tested on humans; deployed via air, food and water
Italian court rules mercury and aluminum in vaccines cause autism: US media continues total blackout of medical truth
The 21 curious questions we're never allowed to ask about vaccines
Vicious attack on Dr. Oz actually waged by biotech mafia; plot to destroy Oz launched after episode on glyphosate toxicity went viral
CDC admits it has been lying all along about Ebola transmission; "indirect" spread now acknowledged
Orthorexia Nervosa - New mental disorder aimed at people who insist on eating a clean diet

Delicious
(NaturalNews) A dairy farm in Vermont has teamed up with an alternative power company to produce electricity from cow manure.

Constructed with a $700,000 investment from Westminster Farms Inc., $175,000 from Green Mountain Power and a further $625,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Vermont Department of Agriculture, the Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation and the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund, the plant has been producing 225 killowatt-hours per hour of electricity since July, roughly the amount consumed by 250 houses.

The plant is situated on site at Westminster Farms, where an anaerobic digester processes raw cow manure by mixing, heating and breaking it down into several different components. Methane gas extracted by this procedure is then burned at the power plant. Green Mountain pays the farm a fixed rate for the electricity, which helps keep the operation profitable.

"This kind of pricing arrangement makes it possible for the farmers to count on this revenue for their operations," said Mary Powell, president of Green Mountain Power. "Our customers are choosing to buy renewable energy for a lot of reasons, but we often hear that helping preserve the local economy and way of life is an important factor. With so many Vermont farms closing shop, diversifying with the addition of electrical generation will help increase their chances of survival."

Tough economic times have led to the closure of 300 Vermont dairy farms in the past five years. Only 1,100 remain.

Electricity is not the only useful product being produced by the new plant. The farm will be using liquid wastes extracted from the manure as fertilizer, and solids as cattle bedding. This will enable the farm to buy $800,000 less worth of sawdust each year.

"This arrangement is a winner for all involved. I want to congratulate Green Mountain Power and Westminster Farms for working together to make this project possible," said Vermont Governor Jim Douglas. "Not only does this allow Green Mountain Power to provide low cost alternative energy to their customers, but it also gives the farm a much needed revenue boost."

Sources for this story include: www.enn.com; www.marketwire.com.

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.