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Crops Consume More Energy than Livestock

Karen Henry

The US agriculture industry used nearly 800 trillion Btu of energy in 2012. According to an analysis from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), crop operations consume much more energy than livestock operations, and energy expenditures for crops account for a higher percentage of farm operating costs. Agricultural energy consumption includes direct and indirect energy consumption. Direct   …Continue Reading


Avocado Exporter Installs Demand Management

Linda Hardesty

A global importer, processor and exporter of avocados, Mission Produce, which is based in Oxnard, Calif., is hiring Powerit Solutions to implement its Spara Demand Manager software at a new avocado storage facility in Peru. Spara links industrial facilities to the smart grid, so customers can control energy use. Mission Produce already participates in smart   …Continue Reading


Dole Plantation, WM Keck Observatory Go Solar

Linda Hardesty

REC Solar completed six solar energy systems for Hawaii’s historic Dole Plantation and W.M. Keck Observatory. REC Solar was selected to design and install four ground-mount systems at the Dole Plantation, located on Oahu, Hawaii. REC Solar also installed two solar roof-mount projects at the Headquarters and Visiting Scientist Quarters of the W.M. Keck Observatory,   …Continue Reading


Pennsylvania PUC Moves to Restrict Net Metering for Farmers

Linda Hardesty

The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is asking the state’s Public Utility Commission to not classify farms as “commercial generating” entities for net metering purposes. The Farm Bureau submitted written comments to the PUC in response to a proposal to revise the regulatory standards for implementation of the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act of 2004, reports North   …Continue Reading


Increasing Energy Efficiency in the Greenhouse

Karen Henry

To help gardening businesses reduce their energy use and save money—regardless of the season—Michigan State University Extension outlined some common energy efficiency practices and technologies that can be used in the greenhouse. Heaters that are 93–95 percent efficient are now available, and installing one of these can save a gardening business up to 45 percent   …Continue Reading


Interest in Solar Water Heating Growing

Karen Henry

Solar hot water heating arrays installed on the rooftops of dairy farms on King Island, Tasmania, are expected to lower power costs for the dairy farmers by 10–15 percent, The New York Times reports. The solar arrays, which were financed with an $188,000 grant, will be used to heat the water necessary to clean and   …Continue Reading


Anaerobic Digestion from Roeslein Alternative Energy

Linda Hardesty

Roeslein Alternative Energy’s anaerobic digestion project in Northern Missouri.


Renewable Natural Gas Created from Hog Manure

Linda Hardesty

A lagoon cover installed at a hog production facility at Murphy Brown Missouri (pictured) is part of an $80 million renewable energy project to create renewable natural gas from hog manure. The project is being developed and constructed by Roeslein Alternative Energy (RAE) in collaboration with Murphy Brown Missouri, the livestock production subsidiary of Smithfield   …Continue Reading


Power-Hungry Pot Industry Has Utilities Flummoxed

Karen Henry

Washington state and Colorado are home to one of the most power-intensive industries to emerge since the data center—legalized marijuana farming. One out of every 200 W of electricity sold in Colorado is being used to fuel marijuana grow operations, according to an article from E&E Publishing’s EnergyWire. Since voters approved the production and sale   …Continue Reading


4 Michigan Farms Help Utility Produce Electricity

Linda Hardesty

Consumers Energy selected the following four Michigan farms to produce renewable energy with anaerobic digesters. Beaver Creek Farms, Coopersville Brook View Dairy, Freeport Green Meadow Farms Inc., Elsie Scenic View Dairy, Fennville Consumers Energy developed the new anaerobic digester program along with Michigan State University and the state’s agricultural community. The farms have the opportunity to   …Continue Reading


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