Q: What was the reason for founding your organization – what was the open niche you saw that could be addressed with a new product or service? What was the problem, or gap, or opportunity?
A: Vanguard Renewables’ leadership saw an opportunity to help the American farmer to improve manure and nutrient management and to provide farms with a new, diversified income stream.
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.
Deal is the latest venture between livestock concerns and power producers to generate gas from animal waste. The arrangement calls for the utility to fund construction of organic-waste processing facilities called anaerobic digesters amid clusters of large dairy farms, connect the facilities to natural gas distribution pipelines and sell the gas.
This story was produced as part of a collaboration with the PBS NewsHour. Hosted by Allison Aubrey. Learn how Massachusetts farmers, food retailers, and food manufacturers are turning farm and food waste into renewable energy.
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DEERFIELD — Steven Melnik used horses when he started his farm in 1919. A century later, his great-grandson can use his smartphone to turn on the pumps at a 750,000-gallon methane digester that makes bedding for dairy cows, as well as electricity, fertilizer and heat.