Maryland to Purchase Electricity Made from Chicken Waste

Thursday, February 7, 2013 @ 12:02 PM
posted by Admin

Maryland has goals. The State is getting quite creative to make sure these goals are met.

The State of Maryland, along with the University of Maryland, have announced that the pair has agreed to purchase up to 10 megawatts of electricity from a power plant that generates its electricity from yes, chicken waste. The deal will not only allow the state to save up to $80 million over the course of the 15 year agreement but will also help the state reach its goal of generating 20% of its energy from renewable sources.

Most of us think about wind, solar, and hydropower when thinking about renewable sources, but biomass is certainly an up and coming affordable source of renewable power. Unlike most other popular renewable energy sources, biomass does emit some pollutants into the atmosphere.

On the other hand, biomass emits considerably less pollutants than its fossil fuel counterparts, coal and natural gas. Most importantly, biomass doesn’t emit more carbon into the air as does traditional fossil fuels. To put it simply, traditional fossil fuel’s carbon has been trapped in the fossil fuels for millions of years where it doesn’t affect the atmosphere until it is burned as fuel. Chicken waste on the other hand, will emit carbon whether it is used for fuel, is dumped in a landfill, or is left on the ground at a farm. Furthermore, advancing technologies in biomass will likely help to reduce the few pollutants that the fuel does emit.

The renewable energy company, Green Planet Power Solutions, will operate the waste power plant which will be built and located in Federalsburg, in Caroline County. The state has not made public what they are paying for the electricity, but the state’s annual budget –which begins in July—sets aside $2.5 million for manure-to-energy projects.

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