With over three decades of experience in landfill waste-to-energy projects, DTE Biomass Energy, subsidiary of DTE Energy, has opened its first and the state of Wisconsin’s first combined dairy renewable natural gas processing and interstate injection facility. The site, located in Newton, Wisconsin, processes raw biogas piped from nearby partner farms into natural gas, and also receives the biofuel trucked in from other dairy farm-based DTE facilities. From there, pipeline-quality the fuel is injected directly into the interstate pipeline.
“This injection and processing facility is an important milestone for us,” said Kevin Dobson, vice president of business development, DTE Biomass Energy. “DTE’s dairy biomethane production has grown tremendously over the last several months, and now we have a central location and efficient means for continuing the operation and growth of these and other dairy projects.”
Converting waste manure to biomethane is a win-win, both for dairy farms and the local environment. Leaving manure to decompose naturally on farmland releases methane directly into the atmosphere. Capturing this gas instead reduces the farms’ overall greenhouse gas footprint, provides the farms with another revenue stream and helps create a clean, sustainable vehicle fuel that displaces fossil-based gasoline or diesel fuel.
“Nearly 20,000 cows throughout Wisconsin are contributing to these projects,” added Dobson. “Their waste was once a farmer’s burden, but now it’s a sustainable and clean source of energy.”
DTE is currently constructing four more facilities in Wisconsin, partnering with Statz Bros. Inc, Kinnard Farms, and Milk Source at both their Rosendale and New Chester farms. The projects expect to begin processing biogas in early 2020. DTE Biomass will have seven DTE-owned and operated facilities when these projects are complete.
Source: DTE Energy