Dominion Energy and Vanguard Renewables partner to form nationwide network of dairy waste-to-energy projects

By Stephanie Gordon | December 31, 2019

Deerfield Mass Anaerobic Digester A Vanguard Renewables farm powered anaerobic digester facility in Deerfield, MA. Photo courtesy of Vanguard Renewables.

Dominion Energy and Vanguard Renewables Ag partnered in a more than $200-million nationwide partnership to convert methane from U.S. dairy farms into renewable natural gas (RNG) that can be used to heat homes, power businesses and fuel vehicles.

The news of the partnership allows dairy farmers across the United States to strongly consider the business case of adding anaerobic digesters to their operation.

Vanguard Renewables builds and operates farm-based anaerobic digestion projects, including a division for co-digestion (manure and food waste) projects and manure-only projects. The company has a multi-year alliance with the Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), the country’s largest dairy cooperative, to engage with DFA members about anaerobic digesters.

“We’re very excited about the investments from Dominion Energy that will allow us to explore and bring this technology to a wider range of farms . . . and bring a new business case to anaerobic digesters on farms,” said David Darr, chief strategy and sustainability officer of Dairy Farmers of America.

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