Ever considered buying manure? Probably not, unless you like to garden or to use it around your yard. Well, you might just find yourself investing in a little manure sooner than you might think. There is a new manure-based farm-to-consumer energy program being developed dubbed Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) Cow Power.
CVPS is the public utility company sponsoring the program. The Rutland, Vermont United States Forest Service is the most recent major partner to join the program, one of the first of its kind. The program works by an entity such as the Forest Service or anyone interested in joining by paying more for their electricity, a $0.04 premium on 25% of the amount of electricity consumed. The funds raised are given to farm-producers, providing them with generators fueled by methane produced from manure. These farms have renewable energy systems that have the ability to produce enough renewable energy to supplement the utility grid.
Programs such as this are a way for each of us to participate in producing alternative and renewable energy, even if we dont have the ability to have our own equipment. Working together, it is quite feasible for our country to achieve independence from foreign oil. Check-out what programs are available in your community, and if there arent any, perhaps you can take the lead with a program all of your own.