News Release 436

Department awards $2.25 million in Energize Missouri Renewable Energy Biogas Grants

Volume 38-436 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Judd Slivka
573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JULY 30, 2010 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources today announced it has selected five projects for subgrant awards totaling $2.25 million to develop farm and landfill biogas projects in the state.

The department has made the Energize Missouri Renewable Energy Biogas Grants available through funding received from the U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The subgrant funds will support agricultural and industrial projects that use anaerobic digestion-to-energy systems and landfill biogas-to-energy projects to produce biopower, bioheat or other forms of bioenergy.

“Developing Missouri’s bioenergy potential when it offers energy and environmental benefits offers us a host of advantages,” said Department Director Mark N. Templeton. “Using these Missouri-based renewable resources to generate heat and electricity creates jobs, boosts local economies, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and bolsters our energy security.”  

The subgrant recipients include:

Together the recipients will receive $2.25 million to support renewable biogas projects. Overall, the projects are expected to create about 30 permanent jobs and more than 100 temporary jobs. The projects will produce more than 1.2 trillion BTU of biogas, and generate more than 30 million kilowatt hours of green electricity annually. In addition to reducing water pollution and odors, the projects will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of more than 400,000 metric tons of CO2 annually. This reduction is the equivalent of removing more than 75,000 passenger vehicles from the road.

The department’s Division of Energy will administer the Energize Missouri Renewable Energy Biogas Grants program. All funded projects need to be completed by February 28, 2012 in order to be eligible for cost reimbursement.

The department is administering more than $200 million in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funding to support Energize Missouri projects to create jobs and improve energy efficiencies and renewable energy for Missouri. The department is committed to working closely with businesses, industries and communities to assist with funding efforts that support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects and provide financial savings.

For more information visit Energize Missouri Renewable Energy website at: dnr.mo.gov/transform/energizemissourirenewable.htm.

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