The Vermont Public Service Board has approved CVPS Cow Power™, which is intended to help promote development and reliance on renewable energy in Vermont by creating a market for energy generated by burning methane from cow manure.
By enrolling in CVPS Cow Power™, customers will help support Vermont dairy farms that develop generators that run on methane from cow manure, renewable generation in the region, or incentives to farmers to get into the business.
Customers who sign up will receive a free "Energy Happens" bumper sticker to show their support for farming, the environment and renewable energy! ... Customers may choose to buy 25 percent, 50 percent, or all of their electricity through CVPS Cow Power™. Customers who choose CVPS Cow Power™ will be charged an extra 4 cents per kilowatt-hour. Customers using 500 kWh per month who choose to receive 25 percent of their power under the Cow Power rider would pay only $5 a month more. At 100 percent, the charge would be $20 per month.
You can find answers to some of the many questions that must exist in your mind in their FAQ. For example, check out this tidbit:
What environmental benefits are associated with a project like this?
Dairy farms that choose to build anaerobic digesters are usually motivated by several factors. One factor is the ability of the technology to reduce manure odor. ... Another benefit of the holding time at 100 degrees in the digester is a virtually complete destruction of the harmful pathogens like E.coli and M. avium parat uberculosis, the organism responsible for Johne’s Disease.