A Road Through The Pasture To Renewable Fuel

September 2005
In Business;Sep/Oct2005, Vol. 27 Issue 5, p14
Trade Publication
This article discusses issues related to renewable power. In new sourcebook for renewable power is described as "no cow-pie in the sky" solution, and California has potential to produce the equivalent of 150 million gallons of gasoline. There are 8.5 million cows in the U.S., each producing enough manure to potentially generate about 30 cubic feet of biomethane per day, which could replace significant amounts of natural gas at today's prices, says Allen Dusault, Biofuels Project Manager for Sustainable Conservation, based in San Francisco. As natural gas prices continue to rise, biomethane fuel is becoming cost-competitive with natural gas and diesel, and is much cheaper than hydrogen. Switching to biomethane improves air quality, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, improves water quality and strengthens rural economies. California has particularly good reasons for using biomethane. The state is home to more than 1.7 million dairy cows, with a technically feasible potential for producing about 18 billion cubic feet of methane a year, equivalent to over 150 million gallons of gasoline.


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