Six dairy farms near Green Bay, Wis., recently signed letters of intent with Environmental Power Corporation to build anaerobic methane digester systems. Company officials anticipate construction to begin soon, and the units to be operational by August of 2003.

Additional farms are expected to sign on the dotted line in the coming weeks.

The technology will be used to convert the methane gas generated by animal waste into electricity while helping the dairies meet federal and state environmental regulations and reduce odor emissions. Furthermore, the sale of electricity will be counted toward the dairy’s bottom lines.

Power generated is contracted to Wisconsin Public Service Corporation. Wisconsin is one of a handful of states that requires a certain percentage of regulated utilities’ power sold must come from a renewable resource by 2012.

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