From cow pats to clean energy

Published: Tuesday, January 28th, 2020 at 12:03am

Anaerobic digesters capture methane at a dairy farm in Massachusetts. The methane is processed by Vanguard Renewables into renewable natural gas for generating electricity. (Courtesy Vanguard Renewables)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Harmful emissions from the agriculture sector are increasingly scrutinized as the climate changes. Now, energy companies want to help New Mexico dairy farmers reduce emissions.

Virginia-based Dominion Energy and Vanguard Renewables Ag of Massachusetts have announced a $200 million partnership to convert methane from cow manure into renewable natural gas.

The money will fund projects at dairy farms in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and Georgia.

“This is a huge win for the environment, for family farms and for our customers,” Ryan Childress, director of gas partnership business development at Dominion Energy, told the Journal. “It’s exciting to cross industries to team up agriculture and energy.”

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