North Carolina: turn pig waste into electricity
The North Carolina Pork Council (NCPC) asked local
legislators to approve a pilot programme in which pig waste is converted to
Raleigh-based utility Progress Energy supported the proposal, saying that it
would participate if such a programme is
Technology to capture
methane gas from farms' anaerobic treatment system and convert it into
electricity was developed by Smithfield Foods' livestock-production subsidiary
Pig farms across the state are supposed to participate
in the initiative to meet the energy needs of consumers statewide. The
programme's goal is to help North Carolina's pork industry determine whether
this technology of converting pig waste to electricity will be economically
"This pilot programme will help us see if it will
be possible for producers to sell energy at a rate that allows them to justify
the capital investment and cover the operating expenses for these projects,"
said R.C. Hunt, NCPC president.
programme's wheels will be set in motion, Progress Energy would purchase the
electricity generated at about $0.18 per kilowatt hour, much more than the
approximately $0.05 per hour usually paid.
The proposal calls for a
seven-year pilot programme in which Progress Energy would commence its
electricity purchase no later than 2012.
Besides Iowa and Minnesota,
North Carolina is one of the most important pig producing states in the
â€¢ North Carolina Pork
â€¢ Smithfield Foods
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