News Date: 07/28/2009

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) President and CEO Francis J. Murray, Jr. recently announced that New York State has been selected to host the Dairy Power Project, a pilot project coordinated by the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, which will aid New York’s dairy farms with managing manure waste.

The goal of the project is to set a national model for using methane digesters on dairy farms as a means of creating electricity and thereby reducing the farm’s carbon footprint. Successful use of this technology has the potential to reduce the dairy industry’s greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020 which is equivalent to removing 1.25 million passenger cars off the road every year.

Currently, digester adoption in the U.S. has been limited by economic, institutional, technological and cultural barriers. This project will address those barriers and will coordinate efforts amongst the dairy and energy industries to help shape government regulations and conduct a market assessment to identify and prioritize regions with the greatest opportunity for methane digester adoption. For more information on the Dairy Power Summit, please contact Ron Rausch at New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets at 518-457-2771 or Jessica Chittenden at: 518-457-3136.