U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Weatherization & Intergovernmental Program
New 3-Megawatt Landfill Gas Project Online in Wisconsin
April 21, 2004
Dairyland Power Cooperative and Eau Claire Energy Cooperative
announced on April 12th that a new 3-megawatt landfill-gas-to-energy
project is now online in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Dairyland is buying
the waste gas from the Seven Mile Creek Landfill and converting it
into electricity in a facility designed and built by Ameresco.
Dairyland is also working to install anaerobic digesters at several
dairy farms in its service territory. The digesters convert manure
into a biogas that is used to produce electricity, and are expected to
begin producing power later this year. See the Dairyland press release.
Anaerobic digestion has been gaining momentum in the Midwest, and new
projects are starting up in other states outside the region. In Idaho,
for instance, Intrepid Technology and Resources, Inc. is planning to
build an anaerobic digestion complex north of Rupert that will convert
the manure from 4,000 dairy cows into a biogas. The company plans to
sell the biogas as a heating fuel and is establishing a test center to
develop and commercialize new commercial uses of the biogas, which is
primarily methane. And thanks to a grant from the DOE-funded State
Technologies Advancement Collaborative, southern New Mexico will soon
get its first anaerobic digester. The New Mexico Energy Conservation
Management Division (ECMD) is leading a partnership to build a
digester that will use low amounts of water to convert 5,000 tons of
cow manure each year into more than a half-million kilowatt-hours of electricity.
See the press releases from Intrepid and the New Mexico ECMD (PDF 137 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.