U.S. Forest Service Turns to Cow
Oct 20, 2008 - Market Wire
The U.S. Forest Service, seeking to
reduce its environmental impact, has enrolled its
Rutland headquarters in CVPS Cow Power(TM) (NYSE:
CV), the nation's first manure-based farm-to-consumer
"We work hard to improve the environment
every day, so it's natural that we'd want to lessen
our environmental impact through Cow Power," said
Forest Supervisor Meg Mitchell. "As we looked at ways
to reduce the impact of our energy usage, enrolling
in CVPS Cow Power(TM) had a great impact. We are supporting
a working landscape, helping to improve water quality
and removing methane from the atmosphere."
Central Vermont Public Service President
Bob Young praised the Forest Service, which will pay
approximately $2,100 more for electricity per year
due to its enrollment. The funds, paid through a 4-cent
premium on 25 percent of the Forest Service's electrical
usage, will go to farm-producers who supply renewable
energy, other renewable products, or incentives to
help more farms get into the energy business.
"The Forest Service's enrollment makes
a bold statement," Young said. "We hear a tremendous
amount about green energy, sustainability and the
environment, but the Forest Service and other Cow
Power enrollees are backing up their talk with concrete
action and funding that actually helps expand renewable
energy development in Vermont."
The impact of enrollment is clear. Based
on the Forest Service's energy usage, CVPS Cow Power(TM)
will provide substantial benefits. By capturing methane
on Vermont farms and producing enough electricity
for the Forest Service's enrollment, the air emissions
impact will be equivalent to removing 30 vehicles
from the roads for a year. Put another way, it would
take a 114-acre pine forest to capture and store carbon
dioxide to have the same environmental impact.
"The environmental effects from our
enrollment are dramatic, but equally important, we
want to set an example for our employees and the general
public," said Mitchell.
The Forest Service joins 4,000 other
CVPS customers in the program, which is expected to
add its fifth farm producer within three weeks.
The Cow Power process is simple: manure
and other agricultural waste are held in a sealed
concrete tank at the same temperature as a cow's stomach,
101 degrees. Bacteria digest the volatile components,
creating methane and killing pathogens and weed seeds.
The methane, which is roughly 20 times more harmful
than carbon dioxide in trapping heat in the atmosphere,
fuels an engine/generator.
CVPS customers can choose to receive
all, half or a quarter of their electrical energy
through Cow Power, and pay a premium of 4 cents per
kilowatt hour. It goes to participating farm-producers,
to purchase renewable energy credits when enough farm
energy isn't available, or to the CVPS Renewable Development
Fund. The fund provides grants to farm owners to develop
on-farm generation. Farm-producers are also paid 95
percent of the market price for all of the energy
sold to CVPS. For more information, visit www.cvps.com/cowpower.
CVPS Cow Power(TM) has been repeatedly
honored since its creation in 2004. The program won
the Vermont Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence
in 2005-2006 and the Finalist's Commendation in the
2007 Edison Electric Institute's annual Edison Award
competition, named for Thomas Edison. In January,
"Power Magazine" named CVPS Cow Power(TM) one of five
"Top Plants" worldwide.
Contacts: Steve Costello CVPS (802)
747-5427 Kristi Ponozzo U.S. Forest Service (802)
SOURCE: Central Vermont Public Service
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