Online AgSTAR Digest: Spring 2011
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Did You Know?
AgSTAR's Project Database was updated in April, bringing the total number of U.S. anaerobic digestion systems operating at commercial livestock farms to 167. Of these, 146 generate electrical or thermal energy from the captured biogas, generating about 427,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity annually, with an additional 51,000 MWh equivalent of thermal energy.
- Sixth AgSTAR National Conference
- New Anaerobic Digester Systems
- Digester System Under Construction
- BioCycle—A Friend of Anaerobic Digesters
- USDA Agencies Partner to Support On-Farm Anaerobic Digester Systems
- Outreach Events
- Policy Updates
- Global Methane Initiative
- Online Resources
- New Research Program
- Funding Opportunities
- Upcoming Events
Sixth AgSTAR National Conference
Better Than Ever
The Sixth AgSTAR National Conference was held on May 10-12, 2011, in Boise, Idaho. Over 290 people attended technical sessions, networking events, a trade show with 44 exhibitors, and a tour of a nearby anaerobic digester system over the three-day event. Attendees and exhibitors represented 37 states, three Canadian provinces, and five other countries. AgSTAR thanks the speakers, exhibitors, and attendees for contributing to a successful conference. In particular, AgSTAR would like to thank its conference sponsors who helped provide outstanding networking opportunities for all attendees:
The conference kicked off on May 10 with a tour of Big Sky West Dairy, which has a vertically mixed plug flow GHD, Inc. digester system serving a farm with approximately 4,700 dairy cows and a small amount of organic waste. The project is owned by DFAP (a joint venture of Dean Foods and AgPower Partners) and is operated by Andgar Corporation under a long-term operation and maintenance contract. The comprehensive site tour allowed participants to visit five stations within the digester/biogas production system. At each station, they took part in a 30-minute discussion of one of the following subjects: manure handling and substrate preparation, digester design, liquid/solid separation and phosphorus removal, biogas processing and energy generation, and project financing.
The Climate Action Reserve hosted a pre-conference workshop on carbon offsets during the afternoon of May 10. More than 30 attendees learned about the growing opportunity for revenue generation from carbon offsets.
On May 11, the conference sessions began with an opening address from James Carkulis, president and CEO of Exergy Development Group. Mr. Carkulis discussed how free markets can embrace the real value of social and natural capital, and how doing so is critical to long-term and sustainable economic prosperity. Chris Voell, AgSTAR National Program Manager, presented on the current status, opportunities, and barriers to the U.S. digester system market during a panel on digester system financing. During the same panel, participants discussed the dairy industry's commitment to increasing digester systems, an emerging business paradigm of a third party build-own-operate model, and the presentation of a developer's project development experience in the Northwest. At a later panel, Allison Costa, AgSTAR Program Manager, discussed the common factors for success and failure of digester systems. During this panel, another speaker discussed ways to use digester systems better and a systems component panel discussed various parts of the anaerobic digester systems specifically.
Other conference presentations included:
- Energy Policy and Regulations
- Securing a Power Purchase Agreement and Interconnection
- Learning from Experiences in California and Vermont
- Funding Sources—Varied and Growing
- USDA Funding Programs
- Aggregating New Financing Mechanisms
- New Opportunities for Carbon Revenues From Digester Projects
- Biogas Recovery Project Updates
- A Comparison of the Anaerobic Digester Market, Past and Present
- Small-Scale Production of CNG From Biogas
- Exergy New Energy Projects
- The Brubaker Farms Dairy Digester Project
- A Covered Lagoon Digester at Burrows Hall Swine Farm
- State and Community Support for Anaerobic Digestion
- A Community Digester Feasibility Study in Lowville, New York
- Agriculture Biogas Implementation Grant Trends for 2010 and the Future of Biogas in Wisconsin
- Co-Digestion: Risk and Reward Systems
- Experience with Co-Digestion Regulations
- Co-Digestion of Various Slaughterhouse Waste with Farm Waste
- Emerging Opportunities for Organic Solid Feedstock for Co-Digestion
- Alternative Technologies for Manure and Organics Management
- High Solids Dry Fermentation
- WWTP Digestion System Helps City of Sain-Hyacinthe Achieve Goals and Save Money
Presentations are available on the AgSTAR conference Web page.
Attendees were invited to attend a second sponsored networking reception after sessions on May 11. During the morning of May 12, an American Biogas Council and Dairy Power meeting was held, and all conference attendees were invited to hear updates from these organizations on their efforts to advance anaerobic digester systems. More than 40 people were in attendance.
Mr. Voell wrapped up the conference by discussing the future of the U.S. digester system industry. He announced that next year's AgSTAR National Conference will likely be held in the northeastern United States.
New Anaerobic Digester Systems
Jordan Dairy Farm (Massachusetts)
In April 2011, the Jordan Dairy Farm in Rutland began using its new digester system to convert manure into energy. Governor Deval Patrick toured the anaerobic digester at the farm following a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 31, 2011. AGreen Energy, LLC, a majority farmer-owned digester development entity, developed this project. Manure from the farm's 300 cows is combined with food wastes from nearby food processing plants—Cains Foods, Kayem Foods, HP Hood & Sons, and Cabot Creamery—to generate biogas. New England Organics, a division of Casella Waste Systems, is operating the facility, which has a 300 kilowatt (kW) combined heat and power (CHP) unit. The electricity produced is transferred to the grid and the heat is used to dry the residual material, which is then used as animal bedding and fertilizer. In 2007, the farm was awarded more than $80,000 from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (formerly the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Renewable Energy Trust) to help construct the system that cost an estimated $3 million.
Sources: Sandy Meindersma, "Gov. tours methane project at Jordan farm in Rutland," Worcester Telegram, June 1, 2011; Anna Austin, "Massachusetts's first biogas power plant to come online," Biomass Power and Thermal, May 26, 2011; and Martin LeMonica, "Dairy Farm Feeds Grid With Manure and Food Waste," CNET News, April 4, 2011.
Van Erk Dairy (Ohio)
Earlier this year, the digester system at the Van Erk Dairy in Haviland became operational. The vertically mixed plug flow system (designed by GHD, Inc.) uses manure produced by the farm's 2,100 cows to produce biogas, which is being used to generate electricity with a 600 kW engine-generator set. The project was partially funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), having received more than $932,000 in both grants and loan guarantees.
Source: Melissa VanOrnum (GHD, Inc.), 2011.
Kish-View Farms (Pennsylvania)
In March 2011, the new digester system at Kish-View Farms in Belleville became operational. The complete mix system, built by RCM International, LLC, uses manure from 350 milking cows to generate electricity. The manure is pumped into the digester three times a day and the resulting biogas is piped to a 100 kW CHP unit to produce heat and electricity. The new system not only offsets all of the farm's electric demand, but is also heating the farmhouse and barn. A grant from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation helped finance this project.
Sources: Marjorie Stromber, "Local Farm Installs New Manure Digester (PDF) (1 pg, 446K)," The Sentinel, March 22, 2011; and Sherri Bunting, "Foundation Helps Producers Plant Seeds of Understanding (PDF) (1 pg, 247K)," Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania, November 19, 2010.
Landyshade Farm (Pennsylvania)
In October 2010, Landyshade Farm in Lancaster began using manure from its 700 cows to feed its new digester system, designed by RCM International, LLC. The resulting biogas fuels a 180 kW CHP unit to produce heat and electricity. Hot water and heat are used at the milk parlor, an employee trailer, and at Landyshade Farm House, an onsite bed and breakfast. Landyshade Farm has a net metering agreement with PPL Electric Utilities Corporation, which allows the farm to receive payment for the electricity generated beyond onsite needs. They are also selling the recovered digester solids as garden mulch as part of their associated mulch and topsoil business, along with using the solids as animal bedding. Team Ag, an agricultural consulting firm, provided the erosion and sedimentation control plan, the design for the manure storage facilities, and the construction inspections for this project. Funding for this project was provided the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Foundation.
Source: Angela McEliece (RCM International, LLC), 2011; and Adam Keller (Team Ag), 2011.
Keewaydin Dairy Farm (Vermont)
In April 2011, the digester system at the Keewaydin Dairy Farm in Stowe became operational. Avatar Energy, LLC, a renewable energy company, designed and installed its AnD 1B22 system at the farm. As one of Avatar Energy's first commercial projects in the United States, the system is designed to handle manure from small farms, which in the case of Keewaydin Dairy, is approximately 75 milking cows. The system is producing more than 4 cubic feet of biogas per gallon of waste introduced into the system. This biogas is then used to fuel a CHP unit, recovering heat and more than 10 kW of electricity. The heat is used to produce hot water, which is used by the farm. Excess electricity is sold to the local power grid. The farm received funding for the project through Vermont's Clean Energy Development Fund.
Source: Erin Wood (Avatar Energy LLC), 2011.
Dairy Energy, Inc. (Van der Hyde Dairy) (Virginia)
Earlier this year, Dairy Energy, Inc. (Van der Hyde Dairy) in Chatham completed installation of the state's first commercially sized dairy digester system. The vertically mixed plug flow system, designed by GHD, Inc., uses manure from nearly 1,200 cows to produce biogas. The biogas is fed into a 450 kW engine-generator set to produce electricity, which is sold to Dominion Power. The digester system also reduces odor from the manure, yields clean bedding for the farm's dairy cows, and produces a more marketable form of manure for use as a fertilizer, which the dairy plans to sell. The project received a $1 million grant through Virginia's Biomass Energy Grant Program, which received funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
Sources: Melissa VanOrnum (GHD, Inc.), 2011; John Crane, "VanDerHyde Dairy Ready to Move Forward With Anaerobic Digester," GoDanRiver.com, February 13, 2010; and Virginia Business, "Virginia Biomass Projects Receive $10 Million in Federal Stimulus," January 15, 2010.
Digester System Under Construction
Double A Dairy (Idaho)
AgPower Group, LLC, a national developer of biomass-to-renewable energy projects, has begun construction on a 4.5 MW renewable energy project at the Double A Dairy in Jerome. The project uses a patented digester system design to capture methane from manure for use as a renewable source of energy. The Double A project will be the largest manure-based digester system in the United States, processing more than 500,000 gallons of manure daily from the dairy's nearly 15,000-cow operation. The project is wholly owned by Camco International Limited, a global developer of greenhouse gas emission reduction and clean energy projects. It is planned to be operational in the first quarter of 2012.
Source: Bob Joblin (AgPower Group, LLC), 2010; and Commodities Now, "Camco to Construct Largest Dairy Biogas Project in N.A.," May 16, 2011.
BioCycle—A Friend of Anaerobic Digesters
A leader in composting and organics recycling, BioCycle magazine has delivered industry news since 1960 and is a reliable source of news about anaerobic digesters. The monthly magazine is available in print or online. Three of its recent articles may be of interest to anaerobic digester stakeholders:
- In the April 2011 issue, "On-Farm Anaerobic Digester Trends in the United States" reports on the recent industry successes with an interview of Chris Voell, AgSTAR National Program Manager. Mr. Voell discusses current industry trends, as well as challenges for using livestock methane as a viable renewable energy source. He stresses the importance of improving business models, financing, and providing a return on investment. Mr. Voell also points out the need to change current energy policies and that the different state energy policies create a difficult environment for project development. He emphasizes the importance of federal, state, and public support for renewable energy. Despite the challenges, growth in the number of digester systems is taking place in states with more favorable renewable energy policies. Farmers looking to install digester systems are advised to seek guidance when negotiating with utilities and to carefully review all fees.
Source: BioCycle, April 2011, Vol. 52, No. 4, p. 36.
- In March 2011, "Funding Anaerobic Digestion Facilities" addresses how the cost of purchasing and installing digester systems can be an obstacle to their widespread use. BioCycle asked several experts which policies were most effective and for examples of best practices. Section 1603 grant program and USDA REAP were both cited as examples of effective federal programs. In addition to the federal funding options, a handful of states are national leaders promoting anaerobic digester systems. New York, Wisconsin, and Vermont offer funding and other incentive programs that promote renewable energy from agricultural biogas.
Source: BioCycle, March 2011, Vol. 52, No. 3, p. 70.
- Also in the March issue, "Dairy Farm Succeeds With Codigestion" describes the anaerobic digester project at Reinford Farm in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania. The system uses manure from the farm's 470 cows and receives food waste hauled by Organix Recycling from 40 Walmart and Sam's Club stores in the region. The digester system (designed by RCM International, LLC) uses a Caterpillar engine-generator set to produce an average of 140 kWh per hour of electricity. Heat from the biogas-fueled engine is used to heat water to pasteurize milk for new calves, to dry grain, and to heat the farmhouse. Heat from the engine's exhaust system is used to heat water in the milking parlor, replacing an oil-fired boiler. The farm saves more than $6,000 a year in energy costs from the co-digestion system.
Source: BioCycle, March 2011, Vol. 52, No. 3, p. 74.
AgSTAR Brings Businesses Together
Andy Taylor, National Accounts Manager for Organix Recycling, credits the AgSTAR website for helping him find Reinford Farm's digester system as a potential option for handling his client's food waste.
USDA Agencies Partner to Support On-Farm Anaerobic Digester Systems
To advance digester system development, USDA Rural Development and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) have joined efforts to deliver services and funding to farmers interested in making anaerobic digester systems part of their operations. Eligible farms, with no other contracts with NRCS, can receive up to $450,000 in financial assistance to at least partially fund 50 percent of the project costs. For one recent project, costs of the digester system components were divided nearly equally between the agencies. NRCS provided financial assistance for the digester, manure pumps, and separator, and USDA Rural Development provided a grant and low-interest loans for the electrical generation equipment, including engines, generators, and the electrical hook-up.
Source: BioCycle, "USDA Agencies Partner to Support On-Farm AD," March 2011.
On March 24, 2011, AgSTAR's National Program Manager, Chris Voell, presented at the Regional Technology Summit for the Farm Pilot Project Coordination in Annapolis, Maryland. His presentation, "Nutrient Capture Potential Following Anaerobic Digestion," explained the market opportunity to advance anaerobic digester systems. Benefits include diversified revenue, rural economic development, conservation of natural resources, and production of renewable energy and "green" co-products. The next generation of digestion (as well as co-digestion) systems could create a multi-billion dollar industry for agriculture-based energy, nutrients, and value-added products. Case studies were provided as examples of successful business models. Dane County, Wisconsin's, Cow-Power centralized digester systems are some of the first to explicitly address nutrient transport, water quality, and phosphorus reduction. The first Cow-Power system, installed in the town of Vienna, serves three primary farms and was developed by Clear Horizons, LLC. It has a generation capacity of 2 MW and innovative phosphorus removal technology that removes 60 to 70 percent of the phosphorus in the manure. The project was so successful that Dane County is planning to build a second digester system in the town of Springfield. For more information, read Chris Voell's presentation (PDF) (35 pp, 3.2MB).
On March 31, 2011, AgSTAR attended the On-Farm Biogas Workshop in Harrisonburg, Virginia, a one-day workshop sponsored by the Virginia Cooperative Extension. Participants discussed integrated nutrient management; high-solids digester systems; commingled waste streams; the Cove Area Regional Digester in Martinsburg, Pennsylvania; and the Van der Hyde Diary biogas system in Chatham, Virginia. Presentations are available on the workshop website.
In April 2011, a new California law took effect that requires public utilities to obtain one-third of their electricity from renewable sources. Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., signed the legislation (PDF) (64 pp, 365K), which increases California's current 20 percent renewable portfolio standard (RPS) target in 2010 to 33 percent by December 31, 2020. Biogas from anaerobic digester systems is an eligible renewable resource under the state's RPS and could contribute significantly to meeting the new RPS target. AgSTAR estimates that anaerobic digester systems are feasible at 889 dairy farms in California, based on the analysis in its Market Opportunities report. These farms could produce 2,375,000 MWh of electricity and reduce 342,000 tons of methane per year. This new legislation makes California's renewables standard the highest in the United States.
California's Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board has proposed for consideration at the June 2011 Regional Board Meeting a General Order regulating the permitting process for centralized dairy manure anaerobic digestion or centralized dairy manure co-digestion facilities. The proposed requirement addresses the permitting process for centralized facilities using two types of feedstock—dairy manure and mixed manure and other organic wastes—as well as the land area where the resulting wastes are applied. Under the proposed General Order, all digester effluent must be applied to cropland for nutrient recycling in accordance with a comprehensive nutrient management plan prepared by a certified nutrient management planner. This nutrient plan must address both dairy and centralized digester system nutrients.
On May 11, 2011, Indiana's Governor, Mitch Daniels, signed a bill that provides incentives for utilities to participate in a voluntary Clean Energy Portfolio Standard (CPS). A participating electricity supplier must meet three criteria to qualify for an incentive; suppliers may own or purchase clean energy credits to fulfill these criteria. The bill, SB 251, sets a goal for 10 percent of the state's electric generation to come from clean energy sources by 2025; it also includes an amendment that calls for at least 50 percent of the energy produced by Indiana utilities participating in the CPS to come from within the state.
Source: Power-Gen Worldwide, "Energy Bill Passed in Indiana," April 27, 2011; and Renewable Energy World.com, "Gov. Mitch Daniels signs energy bill with voluntary Clean Energy Portfolio Standard for Indiana," May 12, 2011.
Global Methane Initiative
Methane International #23 Available
In April 2011, GMI released its latest edition of Methane International. Methane International #23 highlights the newest Partner Country, Jordan, the first Middle Eastern country to join the Initiative. The issue also includes information about the latest agricultural resource assessments supported by GMI. Countries with recently completed resource assessments include Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, India, Mexico, and the Philippines.
Next Agriculture Subcommittee Meeting
The next Global Methane Initiative (GMI) Agriculture Subcommittee meeting will take place via webinar on June 14, 2011. GMI is holding a virtual meeting to increase participation from both Subcommittee delegates and Project Network members, while also significantly reducing the cost of travel and minimizing the carbon footprint. The webinar will be a two-hour meeting that will allow participants to view shared presentations in real-time and will be a great opportunity for organizations to learn about anaerobic digester projects in other countries. Topics being discussed include an update on Administrative Support Group activities, including information on new members and activities. In addition to the Administrative Support Group update, there will also be discussions on international collaboration and future opportunities for the Subcommittee. More information can be found on the GMI Agriculture Web page.
In April 2011, AgSTAR, in conjunction with USDA, updated its "Funding Programs for Developing Anaerobic Digestion Systems (PDF) (3 pp, 603K)." The document summarizes the government funding sources most likely to support anaerobic digestion projects.
Progressive Dairyman Highlights Biogas Market Opportunities
In March, Progressive Dairyman published an article highlighting the findings of AgSTAR's report Market Opportunities for Biogas Recovery Systems at U.S. Livestock Facilities (PDF) (41 pp, 11 MB). AgSTAR estimates that 8,200 U.S. dairy and swine operations could support biogas recovery systems, and that these facilities have the potential to collectively generate more than 13 million MWh per year and displace about 1,670 MW of fossil fuel–fired electricity generation.
Report Highlights Opportunities for Biogas on California Dairy Farms
A new report published by the California Center for Cooperative Development titled Challenges and Opportunities for California's Dairy Economy (PDF) (149 pp, 6.4MB) identifies anaerobic digester systems as one way for dairies to become more profitable, but also acknowledges that significant barriers must be overcome before the economic promise of biogas systems can be realized. One chapter of the report is dedicated exclusively to dairy biogas facilities and discusses various cooperative models that can be used to drive growth in the sector, including utility cooperatives, cooperatively owned digester system facilities, and the supportive efforts of California's largest dairy co-ops. The report also addresses the energy policies needed to support the sector, various types of existing and novel biogas technologies, and the economic benefits of turning a waste stream into a source of revenue. Finally, an appendix lists key national stakeholders in the dairy biogas sector (including AgSTAR) and provides short case studies of existing projects in California.
2011 U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report
In April 2011, EPA published its 2011 U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report (PDF) (459 pp, 14MB). The report provides an emissions inventory that identifies and quantifies the country's primary anthropogenic sources and sinks of greenhouse gases in order to help address climate change. Chapter 6 of the report focuses on the agricultural sector and includes a discussion of emissions from manure management, as well as the emissions reductions attributed to the capture and destruction of methane at facilities using anaerobic digester systems.
Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative Report on Biogas Opportunities
In March 2011, the Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative (WBI) released a strategic plan, The Biogas Opportunity in Wisconsin (PDF) (64 pp, 5.4MB). A collaboration of researchers, business leaders, policymakers, and industry experts created this plan to encourage investment in biogas energy opportunities in Wisconsin. The report focuses on the benefits of overcoming the challenges of increasing biogas production in Wisconsin and the United States. The tool is designed to facilitate discussions with policymakers on transiting from fossil fuels to biogas and biomass as primary sources of power. For the WBI, next steps include a statewide education and outreach effort and working with policymakers on actions to assist in business development.
Energy Center of Wisconsin Publishes Food Industry Biogas Casebook
In March 2011, the Energy Center of Wisconsin published the Great Lakes Region Food Industry Biogas Casebook (PDF) (55 pp, 3.46MB), which discusses how food and beverage producers have been using anaerobic treatment of their production wastewaters to produce biogas for decades. The Energy Center examined 12 facilities in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, New York, and Wisconsin to provide snapshots of performance. Profiles include facilities operated by Anheuser Busch, General Mills, Kraft Foods, and others. The report illustrates that as energy costs increase, the biogas produced through anaerobic digesters provides a cost advantage for the facilities profiled in this new report.
New Paper Examines Air Issues from Animal Agriculture
A new issue paper from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, "Air Issues Associated with Animal Agriculture: A North American Perspective," is now available. The paper delves deeper into the air quality issues associated with animal agriculture. Experts from six universities examined a large amount of data and focused their information and conclusions around swine, poultry, dairy, and beef operations. Their critical analyses look at a wide scope of air issues, from odor and gas emissions, including greenhouse gases, to particulate matter associated with manure and animal management. The paper also highlights the economic implications of air emissions, mitigation technologies being employed to decrease aerial pollutants, and EPA's efforts to monitor emissions.
New Research Program
The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy,™ the Dairy Research Institute,™ and Idaho's Center for Advanced Energy Studies have joined together to develop a new national research program focused on enhancing the economic viability of dairy farms and rural communities. The program will collect baseline data on nutrient and manure management practices to help identify best practices for dairy farms and identify opportunities for dairy farms of all sizes to increase renewable energy production through anaerobic digester systems and other technologies. The program plans to research best management practices for farm-based renewable energy production and identify opportunities to increase funding of national research on sustainable dairy practices, manure management, substrates, renewable energy technologies, and smart grid applications.
Source: Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, "New National Research Program to Benefit U.S. Dairy Farms and Communities," May 11, 2011.
REAP Grants and Loan Guarantees, Application Deadlines: June 15 and June 30, 2011
USDA Rural Development State Offices are accepting applications for REAP Grants and Loan Guarantees (PDF) (6 pp, 86K). REAP (Section 9007 of the 2008 Farm Bill) provides incentives for the development and construction of renewable energy projects, such as anaerobic digester projects. USDA is providing funding for up to $61 million in guaranteed loans and $42 million in grants through REAP. Funds are available to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses develop renewable energy systems, make energy efficiency improvements, and conduct studies to determine the feasibility of renewable energy systems.
Renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement guaranteed loan-only applications are due on June 15, 2011. Renewable energy system feasibility study applications and energy audits and renewable energy development assistance applications are due on June 30. You can obtain application materials by contacting your USDA Rural Development State Office.
Pacific Power, Deadline: July 1, 2011
Pacific Power is teaming with Blue Sky customers to help fund installations of community-based, non-residential renewable energy projects in California, Oregon, and Washington. Pacific Power's request for proposals (RFP) will fund eligible community-based renewable energy projects through its Blue Sky program. Renewable energy projects eligible to receive funding include anaerobic digester systems using biomass. The preference is for local community-based projects. Projects must be installed within Pacific Power's service area (California, Oregon, and Washington) and be completed by December 31, 2011.
Rocky Mountain Power, Deadline: July 1, 2011
Rocky Mountain Power is teaming with Blue Sky customers to help fund installations of community-based, non-residential renewable energy projects in Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming. Rocky Mountain Power's RFP will fund eligible community-based renewable energy projects through its Blue Sky program. Renewable energy projects eligible to receive funding include anaerobic digester systems using biomass. The preference is for local community-based projects. Projects must be installed within Rocky Mountain Power's service area (Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming) and be completed by December 31, 2011.
North Carolina Farm Energy Efficiency Project, Deadline for Project Completion: December 31, 2011
The Farm Energy Efficiency Project is a nonprofit program operated through the North Carolina Farm Bureau. Its Renewable Energy Grant Program (PDF) (3 pp, 244K) provides funding to farmers who install renewable energy systems such as anaerobic digester systems, solar panels, and wind turbines. Grants will be awarded for up to $20,000 per renewable energy project or 75 percent of the project costs, whichever is lower. Any farmer or production farming operation within the 100 counties of North Carolina is eligible to apply for these grants. Eligible projects must be able to be completed by December 31, 2011.
14th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Expo and Forum
June 16, 2011
The Sustainable Energy Coalition, in cooperation with members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucuses, will host the 14th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Expo and Forum. This year's event will bring together businesses, sustainable energy industry trade associations, government agencies, and energy policy research organizations. The event will showcase the status and near-term potential of renewable energy including biomass, solar, and wind. The expo will also help to address how sustainable energy technologies are related to issues such as economics, jobs potential, and environmental benefits.
Biogas USA East & Midwest
June 21-22, 2011
Building on successful events in both the United States and international venues, Green Power Conferences is hosting Biogas East & Midwest in Chicago to leverage the potential offered by the growing number of farm/co-digestion anaerobic digestion projects in WI, NY, PA and neighboring states. Attendees will learn from case studies from biogas producers, utilities, biogas users and gain a clear understanding of the current federal policy framework from government representatives as well as investment criteria, project start up requirements, plant optimization and upgrading biogas for transportation or injection into national gas pipelines. AgSTAR's Allison Costa will speak about current market opportunities and join discussions on anaerobic digestion technology, co-digestion, and improving revenue streams. If you wish to meet with her during the event, please contact Allison Costa (firstname.lastname@example.org; 202-343-9468).
Biomass '11: Renewable Power, Fuels, and Chemicals Workshop
July 26-27, 2011
Grand Forks, North Dakota
The Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC)'s 9th annual conference will include discussions about challenges, opportunities, and new technologies for biomass utilization. Sessions of interest cover hydrogen sulfide control at dairy digester projects, future renewable tax incentives, and ongoing initiatives from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Biomass.
2011 Southeast Bioenergy Conference
August 9-11, 2011
The 6th Annual Southeast Bioenergy Conference will bring together industry leaders, bioenergy researchers, and government officials to discuss the current state of bioenergy in the Southeast and future opportunities. The conference will feature sessions on topics including energy from waste, the role of federal agencies in renewable fuel development, and other bioenergy issues.