Michigan farms join renewable natural gas project - Smart Energy Decisions

Commercial, Sourcing Renewables  -  March 6, 2020

Michigan farms join renewable natural gas project

Beaver Creek Farm, along with two other Western Michigan dairy farms, entered into an agreement with a waste and energy development company to convert their farm’s manure into renewable natural gas using new anaerobic digesters being built on their property.

The other two farms involved, Den Dulk Farm and River Ridge Farm, will also contribute manure to serve as feedstock for the Beaver Creek Farm digesters. The biogas facility is being arranged by San Francisco-based Brightmark.

The RNG produced through the facility will be injected into a nearby gas pipeline. The project is expected to be operational in early 2022 and produce about 328,500 MMBtu of RNG each year, saving nearly 98,783 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year. 

"As a participating farm, we are excited to have Brightmark as a partner in anaerobic digestion of the manure from our cows,” Greg Stahl, owner of Den Dulk Dairy Farm, said in a statement. “This investment will help local farms like ours continue to be environmentally friendly to our community and help us to exceed environmental regulations and responsibilities. We have always taken pride in being excellent stewards of our land, community, and industry."

The remaining materials after extracting methane from the processed manure will then be transported to the Muskegon County Wastewater Management System to be processed with the county’s other wastewater.

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