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Economic feasibility of converting cow manure to electricity: A case study of the CVPS Cow Power program in Vermont

A case study of the Central Vermont Public Service Corporation (CVPS) Cow Power program examines the economic feasibility for dairy farms to convert cow manure into electricity via anaerobic methane digestion. The study reviews the mechanism for CVPS, dairy farms, electricity customers, and government agencies to develop and operate the program since 2004, examines the costs and returns for the participating dairy farms, and assesses their cash flow over a period of 7 yr under different scenarios. With 6 dairy farms generating about 12 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year and more then 4,600 CVPS electricity customers voluntarily paying premiums of $0.04 per kilowatt-hour, or a total of about $470,000 per year, the CVPS Cow Power program represents a successful and locally sourced renewable energy project with many environmental and economic benefits. Factors from the successful development and operation of the program include significant grants from government agencies and other organizations, strong consumer support, timely adjustments to the basic electricity price paid to the farms, and close collaboration among the participating parties. This study confirms that it is technically feasible to convert cow manure to electricity on farms, but the economic returns depend highly on the base electricity price, premium rate, financial supports from government agencies and other organizations, and sales of the byproducts of methane generation. Read More

Emergency Management Guide for Business & Industry

The first page of an online step-by-step approach to emergency planning, response, and recovery for companies of all sizes. The PDF version is out-of-date, but the online version is current. Read More

State and Regional Partnerships: Publications

The Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) has developed several types of publications on partnerships, technologies, and results of program activities. Read More

ENERGY STAR for Industry

Partner with ENERGY STAR. Improve your corporate bottom line while you become an environmental leader. ENERGY STAR can help you develop and refine your corporate energy management program. Find out how you can manage energy with the same expertise used to manage other parts of your business. factory Read More

Kompass: the business to business search engine

Kompass International provides access to information on companies, products and service references, executive names, and trade and brand names, and allows searching by geographical area and industry. Read More

Hoover's Online: United Kingdom

Hoover’s provides information of public, private, and government-run companies around the world. Free company capsules tell you what a company does, how much it made last year, who runs it and with whom it competes. Read More

CorporateInformation

Wright Investor’s Service offers company profiles with detailed analysis of over 20,000 companies; search by company name or ticker symbol, and by country. Read More

Office of Industrial Technologies: Best Practices

Best Practices works with industry to identify opportunities for saving energy and money, reducing pollution and emissions, and increasing productivity. Read More

The Industrial Symbiosis in Kalundborg, Denmark

It is important to point out that the example of Kalundborg in Denmark strictly speaking is an example of an industrial network, and not an industrial estate. However, as a case study it is an excellent illustration of the application of an Industrial Ecology approach and is certainly relevant to an industrial estate. The example of Kalundborg is often quoted in the literature, perhaps because it is simple enough to allow the idea of an industrial ecosystem to be appreciated and yet sufficiently sophisticated to give a feeling for the enormous potential of this approach. Read More

ASHRAE: Engineering for the world we live in

Website of a national association of engineers who work in heating and cooling. Read More

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