POOP TO POWER: 4 Michigan Farms to Produce Electricity with Anaerobic Digesters for Consumers Energy

Posted on July 22, 2014. Filed under: Company Operations, electric, Electric Generation, Electricity, Environment, Renewable Energy | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Animal waste is the newest energy source to benefit Michigan businesses, customers and the environment thanks to long-term electric generation contracts signed recently with Consumers Energy.

We’re taking steps to diversify our energy supply and help the environment by selecting four Michigan farms to produce renewable energy with anaerobic digesters.

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The following Michigan farms were selected:

HOW THEY WORK: Learn more about the workings of anaerobic digesters: www.americanbiogascouncil.org/biogas_howSystemsWork.asp.

This new program develops dependable, renewable energy produced here in our state for the Michigan homes and businesses we serve. The addition of anaerobic digestion brings more diversity to our existing renewable energy supply from wind, solar, biomass and hydroelectric dams. Learn more about Consumers Energy’s anaerobic digester program at www.ConsumersEnergy.com/EARP.

Consumers Energy developed this new anaerobic digester program along with Michigan State University and the state’s agricultural community. Anaerobic digesters generate electricity from biodegradable material – in this case from four Michigan farms.

The farms will be offered the opportunity to generate electricity under long-term contracts that collectively provide 2.6 megawatts of electric capacity. That’s enough to power about 2,800 homes.

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