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Methane Recovery from Livestock Operations Workshop: The Economic and Environmental Benefits of Anaerobic Digestion

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February 19, 2009
York, Nebraska

As the need for renewable energy sources grow and energy prices rise, now is the time to consider how your farm could generate additional revenue from waste while reducing odors and improving environmental performance. This workshop provided livestock producers with the costs and benefits of anaerobic digestion systems and information that they can use to determine if these systems are a good investment. Expert speakers discussed a wide range of topics including, the various types of anaerobic systems, producer experience with these systems, potential sources of funding, feasibility studies, additional revenue streams from anaerobic digester systems including carbon markets, interconnection issues, and much more. The presentations from the event are posted below.

Proceedings

8:30 AM

Opening Remarks
Joe Francis (Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality), Deb Yocum (USDA Rural Development), and Dave Rich (Nebraska Public Power District)

8:50 AM

Methane Recovery Fundamentals

Introduction to Anaerobic Digester Biogas Systems (40 pp, 2.1MB)
Frank Thompson (Nebraska Public Power District) and Chris Voell (AgSTAR)

Methane Recovery & Digesters: Producer Considerations (24 pp, 422K)
Rick Stowell (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

10:00 AM

First Steps of a Project

Water Quality Permitting (13 pp, 1.7MB)
Marty Link (Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality-Water Quality)

Air Quality Permitting (8 pp,103K)
Brad Reid (Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality-Air Quality)

11:00 AM

Private Developers Approach

Pathways 2 Profit Exiting EPA
Norma McDonald (Phase 3 Renewables)

Digesters by RCM Digester International, LLC (23 pp, 1.9MB)
Mark Moser (RCM Digesters)

1:00 PM

Case Studies

Producer's Perspective (36 pp, 18MB)
Danny Kluthe (OLean Energy)

2:00 PM

Marketing Carbon Credits (25 pp, 643K)
Steve McCombs (Chicago Climate Exchange)

3:05 PM

Resources & Opportunities

USDA: Resources & Opportunities (34 pp, 559K)
Deb Yocum (USDA Rural Development)

NPPD's Small Renewable Energy Development Plan (6 pp, 769K)
Dave Rich (Nebraska Public Power District)

4:00 PM

Facilitated Discussion
Facilitator Cindy Miesbach, Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality

Summary document (5 pp, 132K)

4:45 PM

Adjournment

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