Plugging dairies into a renewable future

A new Anaerobic Digestion project in California hopes to produce electricity and compressed natural gas for vehicle fuel.

By Diane Mettler, Manure Manager.

This February was the celebration of a great partnership of California dairies and California Bioenergy (CalBio).

The ribbon cutting ceremony involving three new Kern County dairy digester projects was attended by not only those from CalBio and the California dairies – Lakeview Farms Dairy, West Star North Dairy, Carlos Echeverria & Sons Dairy – but also Secretary Karen Ross of the California Department of Food and Agriculture; State Assembly Member, Rudy Salas; Laurie ten Hope, deputy director for the California Energy Commission’s Research & Development Division; plus CalBio’s CEO, Ross Buckenham, and president, Neil Black.