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Is an anaerobic digester right for your dairy farm?

Peter Melnik, a fourth generation dairy farmer from Deerfield, Massachusetts, is a firm believer a farm should be economically and environmentally sustainable. This belief started him on a 10-year search for a way to make an anaerobic digester work on his farm.

Biogas RNG outpacing even solar in growth potential

Expect to hear lots more about renewable natural gas (RNG) or biomethane, the versatile biobased fuel that’s fully interchangeable with fossil-fuel natural gas.

How Garbage Becomes ‘Black Gold’

NYC has the largest organic residential collection program in the country. Now what was once considered waste is being turned into compost and biogas.

City of Haverhill agrees to purchase power from Crescent Farm AD

The Haverhill, Mass. City Council inked a deal with Vanguard Renewables to purchase power generated by a Farm Powered anaerobic digester to be constructed at Crescent Farms. The electricity will be transferred to the city through the purchase of net metering credits.

Dairy Farmers of America and Vanguard Renewables Announce Strategic Alliance

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a national farmer-owned dairy cooperative, and Vanguard Renewables announce a strategic partnership to help bring anaerobic digestion technology to more farms across the country.

Biogas Industry Lauds Senator Wyden's Technology Neutral Energy Tax Reform Bill

Senator Ron Wyden's (D-OR) Technology Neutral Energy Tax Reform bill, the Clean Energy for America Act promotes next generation energy sources by proposing technology neutral tax strategies.

Haverhill, Mass. Approves Farm Powered Anaerobic Digester for Crescent Farm

The Haverhill, Mass. Board of Health has approved a Vanguard Renewables, Farm Powered waste-to-energy digester for Crescent Farm in Bradford. The equipment will convert cow manure to a combustible gas to generate electricity. It is expected to begin operating in nine to 15 months and will be the first of its kind in Haverhill.

My Turn: For dairy farmers, every day is Earth Day

Millions of people around the world will soon celebrate Earth Day, but for hundreds of New England’s dairy farmers, every day is Earth Day. We might take this Earth Day to salute the region’s dairy farmers for their original thinking and endless ingenuity.

Building bridges from manure to energy

The dairy industry with it's more than 9 million cows is largely an untapped energy source. Forward thinking farmers like Peter Melnik of Bar-Way Farm Inc. and energy developer Vanguard Renewables plan to change that.