Washington--The Agriculture Department on Wednesday announced that USDA is funding anaerobic digester projects in eight states to encourage renewable energy production, reduce energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and farm-based pollution.
Funding for the biodigesters is provided through USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program, which has created or saved an estimated 13.4 billion kilowatt hours of electricity and reduced almost 14.5 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
One of the biodigesters announced on Wednesday will be constructed on Heller Farms near Alma Center in Jackson County, Wis. It is expected to produce 3.3 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy each year, enough to power 400 average Wisconsin homes per year. Digesters also will be constructed in Pennsylvania, Idaho, Iowa, Florida, Oregon, Ohio and Vermont.