Midwest Utility Turning to Cows, Landfills for a Gas Alternative

By Naureen Malik, Bloomberg.

CenterPoint Energy Inc. wants to introduce a pilot program in Minnesota offering customers access to a renewable form of natural gas recovered from dairy farms and landfills.

It’s the first such program in the Midwest, mirroring the push by utilities to offer electricity powered by wind or solar. Methane produced by everything from manure to rotting garbage is the second-largest contributor to global warming after carbon dioxide, and environmentalists have long been looking for ways to reduce its emissions.