Weekly Digest: Partnership developing nationwide network of dairy waste-to-energy projects

Progressive Dairy Editor Dave Natzke Published on 18 December 2019

A new partnership will convert waste from dairy cows into usable natural gas.

Digest Highlights

An expansion of an alliance involving Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) is designed to reduce on-farm greenhouse gas emissions while improving the economic viability of family-owned dairy farms.

Under the new partnership, Vanguard Renewables Ag will design, develop and operate dairy farm anaerobic digestion/methane capture projects, and Dominion Energy will own the projects and market the renewable natural gas (RNG).

The agreement, announced Dec. 11, builds on an alliance formed in 2017, when DFA, the nation’s largest dairy cooperative, partnered with Massachusetts-based Vanguard Renewables to help bring anaerobic digestion technology to more dairy farms across the country. Under that arrangement, Vanguard develops and operates the on-farm facilities, and participating farmers receive a new income stream.

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