Environmental Power Corp. announced that it has signed letters of intent with six farms near Green Bay, WI, for the installation of an anaerobic digester at each farm. These systems use natural processes to decompose manure, releasing methane gas to use for power production. The company says the six farms will generate a total of about 10 MW of electricity, which will help meet the peak power needs of the Wisconsin Public Service Corp.

Environmental Power has already signed a 15-year agreement to provide 15 MW of peak power for the electric utility. The company said it hopes to bring additional farms on board in the near future. The first systems are expected to be operating by August 2003.

— Greg Mazurkiewicz

Publication date: 08/26/2002