Is biogas a household concept? It’s getting there. Within the next decade Harvest Power predicts folks will say, “We get our energy from renewable sources such as wind, solar and biogas.” August 2014 marks a milestone for fellow biogas-lovers: the Obama Administration issued a Biogas Opportunities Roadmap (PDF) to expand the production of biogas from anaerobic digesters. A joint publication from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Energy, it maps out how more than 11,000 additional biogas systems could be added to the existing 2,000 current sites producing biogas. Some coverage highlights:
- From the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Ken Kimmel: “Bio-what? Organic Waste Can Provide Clean Energy” in the Union of Concerned Scientists blog:
We found a better way in Massachusetts: build anaerobic digesters. Digesters are enclosed operations that use microorganisms to break down organic waste into 1) a biogas that can be used for heat, electricity, or even fuel for vehicles, and 2) a solid that can be used for fertilizer.
- In Dairy Business: “The Biogas Opportunities Roadmap will help stimulate the emerging biogas market in ways that could provide revenue-generating opportunities for dairy farms of all sizes,” said Jim Mulhern, president and chief executive officer of the National Milk Producers Federation, which develops and carries out policies that advance the well-being of dairy farmers and the cooperatives they own.
- In Waste Management World: “USDA Backs 11,000 Additional Anaerobic Digestion Biogas Plants.”
- In Energy Industry Today: “New Biogas Opportunities Roadmap is Part of Climate Change Solution.”
- Make sure to of course follow American Biogas Council as they have the latest and greatest on biogas.
What’s your favorite coverage? What gets you excited both the Biogas Opportunities Roadmap?