North Carolina project breaks ground to power state with animal waste
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NC pigs will help generate electricity
A Colorado energy developer broke ground Thursday on a $100 million facility in Duplin County that the company said will be the largest of its type in the nation, and will produce natural gas out of swine waste and other agricultural byproducts. That facility, and smaller ones already in operation and in planning, could push North Carolina past a swine waste-to-energy goal the state was supposed to have first reached in 2012.
Turning pig poop into natural gas poses technological and economic challenges that have limited such conversion facilities to small projects that burn gas in small on-site generators. The Carbon Cycle Energy project, near Warsaw, will pump the methane through the state’s pipeline system to full-scale power plants owned by Duke Energy. The electric utility company will burn the gas and claim renewables credits to comply with North Carolina’s 2007 renewable energy mandate.
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