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May 21, 2003

Pennsylvania Launches a $5-Million Renewable Energy Initiative

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced on May 8th a new $5-million initiative to fund renewable energy projects throughout the state. A DOE grant helped kick off the new initiative, called "Pennsylvania Energy Harvest," which will provide funds for wind installations, small-scale solar power systems, and biomass projects. The initiative was unveiled at the Rocky Knoll Farm, a 4,500-head hog farm that uses an anaerobic digester to generate power from hog manure. The farm earns about $3,500 per month from its manure-to-energy facility. See the DEP press release and the online registration form.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), about 250 million dry tons of animal manure are produced each year in the United States. With new federal regulations governing animal feedlot operations, owners of those facilities have an increased incentive to investigate anaerobic digestion for energy production. With that in mind, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is hosting a national summit on anaerobic digester technology applications in animal agriculture, June 2nd through the 4th in Raleigh, North Carolina. The new USDA technical standards for anaerobic digestion will be released at this conference. See the WEF Web site.