Washington state dairies apply for anaerobic digesters

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Tacoma, Wash. News Tribune reports the Smit Dairy and Edaleen Dairy in Whatcom County will be able to turn manure into electricity if they can receive funding.

The proposals are in preliminary stages and will only become a reality if the dairies are able to find funding for the project. Both projects are asking for grant or loan funding through the USDA. Officials with the USDA will accept comments on the projects through the end of the month.

There are currently two digesters operating in Whatcom County including the oldest in the state of Washington.

Source: The News Tribune

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WI  |  February, 19, 2011 at 10:53 AM

If these digesters are econmically feasible then they would not need taxpayer grant money to get up and running.This country is broke and people ask for money for these projects to startup and yet electricity rates keep going up.

Minnesota  |  February, 21, 2011 at 10:14 AM

From what I've researched, these machines are self-supporting once they are up - with some $ to spare so that the farmer has another income opportunity, which he likely needs. The positive cash-flow also keeps the motivation to run the digester intact. It's the one-time development costs that are the killer. These are a couple of million dollars to build and get through all the permitting work.

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