Online AgSTAR Digest: Spring 2012
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AgSTAR Program Managers Allison Costa and Chris Voell co-wrote the article "Farm Digester Industry in America." The article was published in BioCycle's February 2012 issue and describes the current state of the anaerobic digester industry, as well as emerging trends.
- Got Manure? Another Successful Conference
- Celebrating New York's Regional Digester
- USDA Funds AD Project at Ethanol Plant
- New Anaerobic Digester Systems
- AgSTAR Updates Website
- Outreach Events
- New USDA Energy Website
- Policy Updates
- Global Methane Initiative
- Online Resources
- Funding Opportunities
- Upcoming Events
Got Manure? Another Successful Conference
This year, AgSTAR co-hosted "Got Manure? Enhancing Environmental and Economic Sustainability" with Cornell's PRO-DAIRY program, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The conference was held on March 27–29, 2012, in Syracuse, New York, and brought together more than 300 people who attended technical sessions, site tours, networking events, and a PRO-DAIRY coordinated trade show with 38 exhibitors. Attendees and exhibitors represented 36 states, two Canadian provinces, Germany, and Denmark.
AgSTAR and its co-hosts would like to thank the speakers, exhibitors, and attendees for contributing to a successful conference as well as sponsors who helped provide outstanding networking opportunities for all attendees. This year's sponsors included:
AgSTAR and its co-hosts would like to thank the following people for making the site tours a success:
- Tim Seeler, Seeler Engineering
- Kaymar Zadeh, Blue Electron
- Ronald Podolak, Cayuga County Soil & Water Conservation District
- Mike Riley, Cayuga County Soil & Water Conservation District
- Paul Toretta, CH4 Biogas
- Randy Mastin, CH4 Biogas
- Lauren Toretta, CH4 Biogas
- Chris Noble, Linwood Management/Synergy Dairy
- John Rudgers, Linwood Management/Synergy Dairy
- Jon Patterson, Patterson Dairy
- Connie Patterson, Patterson Dairy
On March 27, nearly 150 attendees took advantage of conference-related digester project site tours. Both full and half day tours visited the Cayuga County Soil and Water Regional Digester and Patterson Farms, both located in Auburn. The regional digester is a newly constructed centralized system built to process manure from 1,500 dairy cows (see "Celebrating New York's Regional Digester" below for more details). Patterson Farms is a family farm with more than 1,000 cows that installed an RCM-designed anaerobic digester system in 2005, which co-digests manure and food wastes. Review PRO-DAIRY's updated case study for more information.
The full-day tour continued to Synergy Dairy, which is located in Covington. CH4 Biogas, LLC formed Synergy Biogas, LLC to own and operate a digester at the dairy, which became operational in December 2011. The system has the capacity to digest manure from the 2,000 milking cows, as well as food-grade organic waste. Bigadan A/S designed and built the system, which creates enough biogas to fuel a 1.4-megawatt (MW) GE-Jenbacher engine-generator set. The electricity produced is used on site to power the farm and additional power is sold to the local grid.
On March 27, the Climate Action Reserve held a pre-conference workshop, "Carbon Management Workshop: the Business Case for Manure Digesters." The event had nearly 30 attendees and provided an overview of opportunities for earning carbon revenues from manure digester projects. Presentations are available on the Climate Action Reserve website.
On March 28, George Allen, a representative of the Northeast Dairy Producers Association and owner of Allenwaite Farms, Inc., welcomed attendees to the conference and discussed how farmers have a desire to solve manure management issues and continue to be good stewards of the environment. Pat Hooker, Director of Agribusiness Development, Empire State Development Corporation, provided opening remarks noting the importance of agriculture to New York. With the strong support of USDA, New York Farm Bureau, and NYSERDA, the state has implemented policies to encourage the development of clean energy technologies, such as digesters.
They set the stage for the two days of informational sessions that discussed how digesters fit into integrated manure treatment and handling systems. Examples of sessions included "Cows, Manure, People, Money, and the Environment" and "Economics of Manure Handling/Treatment/Utilization Systems." Allison Costa, AgSTAR Program Manager, presented an overview of permitting requirements for co-digestion (PDF) (8 pp, 691K) during the "Co-Digestion: Roles and Impacts" session.
Following a reception on the first night, more than 20 conference attendees discussed the challenges and opportunities for anaerobic digestion in the state of New York. Tom Fiesinger from NYSERDA led the discussion, which included presentations from USDA-NRCS and Rural Development, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and PRO-DAIRY. Prior to the start of the conference on March 29, American Biogas Council met with approximately 50 conference attendees to discuss current initiatives and network.
Read Bruce Knight's article in Agri-Pulse about what he learned at the conference.
Other conference sessions included:
- "Integrated Manure Management System Planning"
- "Biogas Utilization"
- "Advanced Manure Treatment"
- "Small Scale Anaerobic Digestion"
- "Making the News Rather Than Being in the News"
- "Impacts of Greenhouse Gas Policy on Anaerobic Digestion"
A popular session included a panel of five farmers that provided honest opinions about their experiences with digester systems. Also highly rated was Mike McCloskey's presentation as part of the closing session. He discussed his experiences at Fair Oaks Dairy Farms with digesters (PDF) (16 pp, 2 MB), including plans to power 18-wheelers with biogas to haul milk, as well as outlined some of national initiatives aimed at advancing the digester industry. Representatives from all four hosting organizations wrapped up the conference by providing closing remarks.
Celebrating New York's Regional Digester
As part of the Got Manure? tours, USDA Rural Development hosted a press event to celebrate the grand opening of the Cayuga County Soil and Water Regional Digester in Auburn. The Conservation District sought to address manure management issues in the region by developing a community digester where 35,000 gallons of manure could be trucked in from local dairy farms and comingled with 8,500 gallons of food waste. Blue Electron is the project's developer and program manager with Seeler Engineering managing construction and responsible for regulatory compliance. The German company GBU designed the system. Treated biogas is piped to a 633-kilowatt (kW) Jenbacher engine-generator set, which will provide electricity and heat to onsite and other county buildings. The project will sell excess power to NYSEG under a power purchase agreement.
The project obtained a $6.2 million American Resource and Recovery Act grant through the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation. An additional $3.5 million in federal and state grants and aid allowed the county to move ahead with the project, which is expected to be fully operational this summer.
Sources: Candice Celestin, "USDA Rural Development Kicks Off National Agriculture Conference," USDA Rural Development, March 27, 2012; Tim Shelford, Jennifer Pronto, and Curt Gooch (Cornell University), "Anaerobic Digestion at the Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District's Community Digester: Case Study", March 2012; USDA NRCS, "Cayuga County Regional Digester Facility (PDF)" (9 pp, 4.1MB).
USDA Funds AD Project at Ethanol Plant
On April 9, 2012, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA approved a $5 million payment under its Repowering Assistance Program to Western Plains Energy, LLC LLC to support the construction of an anaerobic digester system (from Himark bioGas) at their Oakley, Kansas ethanol plant. Animal waste from a local feedlot will be the primary feedstock along with grain dust and waste from a variety of industrial food and municipal facilities. The digester is expected to produce enough biogas to replace 89 percent of the fossil fuel that Western Plains currently uses at the Oakley facility. Western Plains Energy expects to complete construction of the digester in August 2012 and is scheduled to become fully operational in 2013.
New Anaerobic Digester Systems
In December 2011, Double A Dairy in Jerome completed installation of its anaerobic digester system. The Double A project is 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 cows. The project is owned by Camco International Limited (a developer of greenhouse gas emission reduction and clean energy projects) and operated by the consortium AgPower Group LLC. The digester produces biogas to fuel 4.5 MW of electrical generation capacity, which is sold to Idaho Power to distribute to its customers. Separated solids are also produced and will be used for bedding and sold. Liquids will be used as an organic fertilizer for crop production.
Sources: Andgar Corporation, "Double A Dairy," 2012; Commodities Now, "Camco to Construct Largest Dairy Biogas Project in N.A.," May 16, 2011.
In June 2011, Bio Town Ag, Inc., in Reynolds began using its new anaerobic digester. DVO, Inc. designed the new digester, which fuels three 1 MW GE-Jenbacher generators. The farm feeds the digester with manure from its 4,500 beef cattle and 800 swine. The energy produced by the digester is supplying electricity to Northern Indiana Power Service Company for distribution to its customers. Bio Town Ag is also recovering the solids for bedding, converting post-digestion liquids into fertilizer, and recycling water for onsite use.
Sources: GE, "GE to Showcase Biogas Technology for EPA, US Farmers," May 11, 2011; BioCycle, "Anaerobic Digest," July 2011, Vol. 52, No. 7, p. 14.
In December 2011, Exeter Agri-Energy, LLC, completed installation of an anaerobic digester system at Stonyvale Farm in Exeter. CH-Four Biogas, Inc. designed the digester system, which processes more than 10 million gallons of manure each year from the farm's more than 1,000 cows to fuel a 1 MW engine gen-set. Weston & Sampson provided process and gas handling design, as well as overall project management and permitting support. The farm uses waste heat from the generator to pre-heat organic substrates and maintain the digester temperature. The farm is taking advantage of the other benefits provided by the digester by separating solids from the effluent for use as animal bedding and using the remaining liquid effluent, which is either pumped to the receiving tanks to be mixed with the organic substrates or to a lagoon where it is stored until it can be land-applied to the farm fields. The project was made possible with a $1.66 million USDA Rural Development Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) guaranteed loan with Farm Credit of Maine and $500,000 in grants.
Source: Scott Emery (USDA), 2012; USDA, "USDA Rural Development Annual Report 2010 (PDF)" (34 pp, 6.4MB), 2010.
Pine Island Farm of Sheffield began using its anaerobic digester system in November 2011. The digester, designed by DVO, Inc., processes manure from the farm's 750 milking cows. The biogas produced is used to generate 190 kW of electric power and heat. The electricity is being sold to National Grid, where it is distributed to its customers. Massachusetts Clean Energy Center provided over $500,000 toward the cost of this project.
Sources: Melissa VanOrnum (DVO, Inc.), 2012; Carter Wall (Massachusetts Clean Energy Center), "Cow Power Comes to the Commonwealth," Jan. 1, 2011; Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, "Pine Island Farm," May 1, 2006.
In February 2012, the newly installed anaerobic digester system at Walker Farms in Fort Ann became operational. The new complete mix digester, designed by RCM International, LLC, uses manure from the farm's more than 1,000 cows to produce biogas. The resulting biogas is used to generate 225 kW of electricity. Electricity is being sold to National Grid for distribution to its customers. In 2007, the farm received a grant for more than $300,000 through USDA's Section 9006 Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements program to assist with the project costs.
Sources: Angela McEliece (RCM International, LLC), 2012; USDA, "Award Recipients (PDF)" (7 pp, 25K), September 20, 2007.
In December 2011, Oak Hill Farm in Nottingham began using its newly installed anaerobic digester system. The complete mix digester, designed by RCM International, LLC, is designed to process manure from the farm's 130 cows and 4,400 pigs. The system has a 40 kW generator.
Sources: Angela McEliece (RCM International, LLC), 2012; RCM International, LLC, "Complete Mix Digester."
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The Anaerobic Digester Database now lists 186 U.S. anaerobic digestion systems operating at commercial livestock farms. Of these operational projects, 168 generate electrical or thermal energy from the captured biogas, producing nearly 521,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) annually. Boiler projects, pipeline injection, and other energy projects generate an additional 55,000 MWh equivalent per year.
Additionally, AgSTAR has made two new documents available:
- Common Safety Practices for On-Farm Anaerobic Digestion Systems (PDF) (25 pp, 2 MB), which identifies the major hazards associated with anaerobic digester systems and outlines practices to ensure a safe work environment for facilities.
- Recovering Value from Waste (PDF) (2 pp, 629K), which outlines the basics of an anaerobic digester system and the benefits it provides.
Harvesting Clean Energy Conference
In October 2011, the Harvesting Clean Energy conference was held in Boise, Idaho. The conference brought together representatives from the Northwest's agriculture and energy industries and included site tours to clean energy projects, workshops, and informational sessions. Informational sessions covered topics such as biogas digesters for dairies, energy efficiency on farms, and lessons learned from around the Northwest. Presentations from these and other sessions are posted on the conference website.
2012 World Agriculture Expo
In February 2012, the 2012 World Agriculture Expo was held in Tulare, California. The expo included tours of nearby farms as well as seminars on topics such as dairy farms and water and air quality regulations. Chris Voell, AgSTAR National Program Manager, spoke during the "Unlocking the Potential of Methane Digester Systems on Dairy Farms" session. Other speakers during the session included Jerry Bingold, Director of Renewable Energy, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, and Paul Martin, Director of Environmental Services, Western United Dairymen. Progressive Dairyman published an article about this session; read the article to learn more.
U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards
On March 7, 2012, Chris Voell, AgSTAR National Program Manager, attended a special event in Washington, D.C., where the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy® announced the winners of the inaugural U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards. These awards are part of the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Commitment, an industry-wide effort to measure and improve the economic, environmental, and social sustainability of the dairy industry. The five winners highlighted below have successful manure digester systems as an integral component of their dairy operations.
Winners of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies/Idaho National Laboratory Award for Outstanding Achievement in Energy:
- DF-AP, LLC, of Gooding, Idaho, is a collaboration between Dean Foods Company and AgPower Partners, which installed an anaerobic digester at Big Sky West Dairy. The digester was funded entirely by private sector financing and accepts manure and organic waste from a local retailer to produce 1.2 MW of electricity.
- Brubaker Farms of Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, has created a successful new revenue stream through the implementation of an anaerobic digester system and solar panels. The farm produces enough electricity for the farm's needs and sells excess to the local utility.
Winners of the Elanco Award for Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability:
- Werkhoven Dairy, Inc., of Monroe, Washington, assumed a leadership role in developing a partnership between their farm and the neighboring dairy and beef producers of the Sno/Sky Ag Alliance; the Northwest Chinook Recovery; and the Native American Tulalip Tribe. These entities formed a nonprofit organization, Qualco Energy, which operates an anaerobic digester system that uses manure from the cows and pre-consumer food waste from nearby companies to generate energy.
- Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport, Vermont, was one of the first farms in the country to install a variable speed vacuum pump control, reducing energy used during milking by nearly 60 percent. Blue Spruce also was the first dairy farm to participate in the Central Vermont Public Service's Cow Power™ program, which allows consumers to purchase renewable energy generated on a dairy farm.
- Holsum Dairies, LLC, of Hilbert, Wisconsin, along with developing a successful digester system also works with nearly 40 local crop farmers and custom harvesters to provide all of the dairy's forage needs. The benefits of these relationships include higher quality feed, 11,000 acres under a single nutrient management plan, lower cost and emissions associated with manufacturing and transport of fertilizer, more efficient crop production, and more precise fertilizer application.
The ceremony was followed by two panels on improving sustainability and energy and the dairy industry. Speakers included President Obama's advisors on climate and energy; environment; rural affairs; and public engagement, along with Todd Campbell, USDA Rural Development, Larry Elworth, Agricultural Counselor to the U.S. EPA Administrator, and leaders from the dairy industry. AgSTAR has been pleased to work with the Innovation Center since its inception to help move toward the dairy sector's goal of reducing their carbon footprint 25 percent by 2020.
Source: Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, "Dairy Sustainability News," March 2012.
Anaerobic Digester Webinars - Finance & Technology
On March 14, 2012, the Farm Foundation along with USDA Rural Development, USDA Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, the U.S. EPA, the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, and the Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative of the University of Wisconsin hosted two educational webinars on anaerobic digesters. The first webinar, "Financing an Anaerobic Digestion System," addressed private funding, government/private partnership funding options, cost of construction, revenue generation streams, avoided environmental costs, and tax incentives. This was followed by "Technical Aspects of Anaerobic Digestion Systems," moderated by Chris Voell, AgSTAR National Program Manager. The webinar focused on educating participants on the varied types of systems and digester designs. Additionally, farmers and operators discussed their experiences for their respective technology options, including how they selected a system. Presentations as well as a recording from each webinar are available on Farm Foundation's website.
New USDA Energy Website
American Biogas Council produced an interactive diagram of the process biogas goes through after it leaves the digester.
In January 2012, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the launch of a USDA energy website. This new website gives stakeholders and other interested parties access to USDA energy efficiency and renewable energy data, including anaerobic digester projects. This is done in part through new Web-based tools:
- The Energy Investments Map, an interactive map that shows users where USDA is providing investment support for renewable and sustainable energy initiatives.
- The Renewable Energy Tool, which helps users identify renewable energy opportunities by providing information on land use for producing biomass and energy crops, state and federal policy, and USDA guidelines for financial assistance.
- Energy Matrix, a website created to help users find alternative and affordable energy solutions, funding for projects, or available programs and program information.
Source: USDA, "Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Streamlines Access to Energy Investment Information at USDA," January 18, 2012.
In March 2012, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed Ohio's House Bill 276 into law. The bill broadens the definition of agriculture for the production of bio-energy from anaerobic digesters as "agriculture in nature" if at least 50 percent of the feedstock that was used to produce the fuel came from the same property. The bill allows farmers to use anaerobic digesters as a part of a nutrient management plan, and would mean that agriculture land owners would not have to go before a local zoning board to have their land rezoned to build a digester.
On March 30, 2012, Governor Christine Gregoire approved Senate Bill 5343 that allows certain anaerobic digester projects that convert cow manure into energy to be covered by the federal Clean Air Act, which has a higher threshold for sulfur emissions for smaller generating facilities. The bill allows for the exemption for anaerobic digester projects with a capacity of up to 1 MW of electricity. Eligible projects are exempt until 2019.
Sources: David Lester, "Bill Focuses on Two West Side Dairy Digesters," Yakima Herald-Republic, February 23, 2012; Mary Margaret Haugen, "Haugen Farm Preservation Bills Signed into Law," Senate Democrats Blog, March 30, 2012.
Global Methane Initiative
Save the date for Methane Expo 2013. Methane Expo 2013 will take place on March 12–15, 2013, in Vancouver, Canada. GMI Partner organization Environment Canada will be the in-country host organization.
Methane International #27 Released in February 2012
The Global Methane Initiative's (GMI's) Methane International #27 highlights past grant winners and the environmental benefits of their projects. One grant winner, GMI Project Network member Community Development Research (CDR), received a $75,000 grant, to work with the Ethiopian Environmental Protection Authority to assess the methane reduction potential from agricultural sources in Ethiopia. Part of the funding will also be used to develop their sector action plan. Additionally, in January 2012, GMI posted the Resource Assessment for Livestock and Agro-Industrial Wastes—Turkey (PDF) (55 pp, 904K), which reports that Turkey has the potential to produce 31,800 kW of electricity annually from biogas harnessed from the agricultural sectors evaluated in the assessment.
Agriculture Subcommittee Meeting
The Agriculture Subcommittee held an internet-based meeting on April 10, 2012. The internet-based meeting enabled GMI's Administrative Support Group (ASG) to increase participation from subcommittee delegates and Project Network members, while also significantly reducing the cost of travel and minimizing our carbon footprint. The webinar included Partner Country updates from Canada, India, and Pakistan. Monica Shimamura, Co-Director of GMI's Administrative Support Group, provided an updated on some general activities that GMI has been working on, including the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants, planning for Methane Expo 2013, and developing updated sector Action Plan guidelines. The meeting also included a discussion of the development of a Statement of Purpose for the Subcommittee, which will be one of the agenda topics at the next in-person meeting, which is scheduled to take place in July 2012 in Singapore. Meeting notes will be available on GMI website.
Chesapeake Bay Commission Releases Manure Report
In January 2012, the Chesapeake Bay Commission along with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Maryland Technology Development Corporation, and Farm Pilot Project, Coordination, Inc. issued Manure to Energy: Sustainable Solutions for the Chesapeake Bay Region (PDF) (24 pp, 4MB). The report presents the discussions and outcomes from the 2011 Manure-to-Energy Summit, which took place on September 8, 2011, and focused on the benefits of manure-to-energy projects and the policy changes that can help to bring more projects online.
Washington State Releases Report on the Status of Digesters
In October 2011,the Washington State Department of Agriculture released Washington Dairies and Digesters (PDF) (21 pp, 913K), a report that describes the dairy industry and dairy nutrient management in Washington. It also includes profiles on the anaerobic digester projects: FPE Renewables, George DeRuyter & Sons Dairy, Qualco Energy, Farm Power Rexville, Farm Power Lynden, and Van Dyk-S Holsteins. The report also highlights the benefits of these systems, but notes that growth of these projects will rely on favorable utility policies and regular communication among state agencies, farms, digester developers, and university researchers.
Anaerobic Digestion Highlighted in California Report
In December 2011, the California Energy Commission released Renewable Power in California: Status and Issues (PDF) (336 pp, 4 MB), which describes the status of renewable energy development, including biogas from anaerobic digestion, and identifies challenges that will affect the state's ability to meet its renewable goals.
BioCycle launched a new website, www.biocycle.net, to provide easy access to articles published in the magazine.
Article Highlights Benefits of Digester Byproducts
"Digestate Utilization in the U.S.," written by Ron Alexander in the January 2012 issue of BioCycle, discusses profitable uses of digestate, the liquid or solid material generated after the anaerobic digestion process, such as using the dried solids as bedding and the liquid byproduct as fertilizer.
Source: BioCycle, "Digestate Utilization in the U.S.," January 2012, Vol. 53, No. 1, p. 56.
Farm Power Northwest, LLC Investing in Anaerobic Digester Projects
In February 2012, Sustainable Business Oregon released "Farm Power Investing Millions in Northwest Dairy Towns," which highlights the work of Farm Power Northwest, LLC, an energy company partnering with dairy farmers in Oregon and Washington to build anaerobic digesters. Currently, Farm Power Northwest is operating two digesters and building a third digester in Washington and has two projects in the Tillamook area of Oregon set to begin operations in 2012.
Magazines Profile Benefits of Anaerobic Digester
In its March/April 2012 Sierra magazine issue, the Sierra Club published an article entitled "Innovate: Manure to Money." A similar article, "Methane Digester Helps Dairy Farmer Convert Manure Into Moolah," was published in the March 2012 issue of the Chesapeake Bay Journal. Both articles highlight the successes Steve Reinford, owner of Reinford Farms, has had with his anaerobic digester. Steve can run the entire farm with the electricity the anaerobic digester produces; he sells the digested solids as cow bedding, renewable energy credits, and excess energy to the grid. The article in the Chesapeake Bay Journal provides more details on the benefits digesters would have in the Chesapeake Bay region and uses Vermont’s Cow Power program as an example of a successful utility program.
Pacific Power, Deadline: June 15, 2012
Pacific Power is teaming with Blue Sky customers to help fund renewable energy projects in California, Oregon, and Washington. Pacific Power's request for proposals will fund eligible community-based renewable energy projects. Renewable energy projects eligible to receive funding include anaerobic digester systems. Projects must be locally owned and commercial scale, with a capacity of less than 10 MW. Preference is given to local projects with a strong educational component that bring a broader understanding of renewable energy development and generation or further research and development of new renewable energy generation technologies. Projects must be installed within Pacific Power's service area (California, Oregon, and Washington) and be completed by December 31, 2013.
USDA REAP Guaranteed Loan and Grant Funding Available; Deadline: June 29, 2012
REAP is designed to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs and consumption as well as help meet the nation's energy needs. For 2012, USDA has approximately $25.4 million available to fund REAP activities, which will support at least $12.5 million in grants and approximately $48.5 million for the guaranteed loan program (PDF) (7 pp, 187K).
Organics-to-Energy Construction and Pilot Projects; November 30, 2012
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center is accepting applications for grants for construction and pilot projects under its Commonwealth Organics-to-Energy Program. It supports the use of anaerobic digestion and other technologies that convert source-separated organic wastes into electricity and thermal energy. Both private- and public-sector entities are eligible to apply. Qualifying projects must use eligible technologies that convert source-separated organic materials into electricity or heat with minimal liquid or solid byproducts requiring disposal. The solicitation is also open to projects that add combined heat and power capabilities to existing anaerobic digestion systems. This program accepts applications on a rolling basis until November 30, 2012, or until funds are expended.
Nordic Biogas Conference
April 23-25, 2012
The Nordic Biogas Conference focuses on promoting workable and evidence-based knowledge in biogas production technology opportunities in waste-to-resources processes and in the role of renewable gas as the backbone of future energy markets. The conference includes presentations regarding substrates and digestates, utilization of biogas, and renewable gas markets, as well as the status of biogas use in countries around the world. Allison Costa will be speaking about AgSTAR and biogas trends in the U.S. The conference is organized by Energinet.dk, the Danish Biogas Association, Waste Management Norway, Bionova Consulting from Finland, Sorpa from Iceland, Swedish Gas Centre, and Energigas Sverige. Contact Allison Costa (email@example.com; 202-343-9468) to set up a meeting at the conference.
May 15-16, 2012
Biogas Poland 2012 will explore the opportunities and challenges of biogas production at landfills, wastewater treatment plants, and agriculture biogas plants within Poland. Topics being covered at the conference include incentives to stimulate the industry, finance and investment for biogas projects, and agricultural biogas case studies. Tom Frankiewicz, from the U.S. EPA's Landfill Methane Outreach Program, will be speaking at the conference on biogas opportunities and lessons learned through GMI. GMI will also have a booth at the event. Contact Allison Costa (firstname.lastname@example.org; 202-343-9468) to set up a meeting at the conference.
Biogas USA East & Midwest
June 19–20, 2012
Biogas East & Midwest will bring together industry leaders to spotlight biogas, with a focus on how to capitalize on the high energy yields of food and organic waste streams. Participants can hear information on best practice from farms with anaerobic digester projects, network with investors looking to finance projects, hear from utilities on the criteria for integrating into the grid, and meet technology providers and discover how their products can enhance the cost effectiveness of projects.
GMI Agriculture Subcommittee Meeting
July 2-3, 2012
Marina Bay, Singapore
The next Agriculture Subcommittee meeting will be held in conjunction with the GMI Landfill and Municipal Wastewater Subcommittees as well as Water Convention 2012: Water Solutions for Liveable and Sustainable Cities and the International Solid Waste Association's Beacon Conference. The subcommittee's draft Statement of Purpose will be revised at the meeting, which will also include technical sessions related to increasing the implementation of agricultural methane recovery projects around the world.