Growing up on a small dairy farm in New England, I experienced both the joys and challenges that family farms face on a daily basis. I know firsthand the impact fuel and maintenance costs or water and electricity bills have on the viability of a …Continue Reading Supporting Massachusetts Agriculture Through Energy Grants
With a backdrop of bright fall sunshine streaming down upon acres and acres of ripened and ready to harvest cranberries, Bill and Nancy Couto’s Cranberry Farm in East Taunton provided the perfect setting to announce the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture Divisions’ (MDAR) FY2014 Agricultural Energy …Continue Reading Cranberry Bogs Lead Farms on an Energy Diet
The morning of July 10 was gray and gloomy at the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority’s (MWRA) Deer Island wastewater treatment plant, but a giant American flag, affixed to an anaerobic digester (AD) pod rising out of the mist, seemed to aptly mark the proceedings. State …Continue Reading Financing Anaerobic Digestion Projects
Since 2008, Massachusetts has made enormous strides in the field of renewable energy. While you are probably familiar with solar panels and wind turbines, there are many more options that are friendlier to the environment than fossil fuels. With the ability to turn organic waste …Continue Reading Anaerobic Digestion: Turning Waste into Renewable Energy
The agricultural sector accounts for fourteen percent — or as much as twenty-five percent if you include agriculture-driven deforestation — of global greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, agriculture may be one of the greatest tools we have for mitigating climate change, and Massachusetts can lead that charge.
As aquaculture continues to expand here in the Commonwealth, aquaculturalists using traditional land-tied technology have often found themselves competing for space with other commercial and recreational uses of littoral waters. This new and improved FLUPSY, now free from a shore-based energy source, allows siting of shellfish nurseries in more remote, less controversial areas.
Gerry Palano Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency Coordinator, Department of Agricultural Resources View Gerry’s Complete Bio From a business, as well as an environmental, perspective, many dairy farms across Massachusetts are now ”moo-ving” to become more sustainable through energy efficiency and clean renewable energy technologies. In fact, …Continue Reading Cow-a-bunga! Dairy farms “moo-ving” towards green energy
Carter Wall Executive Director, Renewable Energy Division, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center View Carter’s Complete Bio Two exciting renewable energy projects are currently under construction at dairy farms in Massachusetts. When completed this spring, they will be the first ever in the state to produce electricity …Continue Reading Cow Power Comes to the Commonwealth