Dairyland Power gets grant to study biomass cogeneration

Thursday, September 06, 2007

An article from the La Crosse Tribune:

La Crosse-based Dairyland Power Cooperative has been awarded a $50,000 federal grant for a study for a biomass cogeneration project at Western Wisconsin Energy’s ethanol plant near Boyceville, Wis.

The Rural Business Opportunity Grant, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will help finance a study of the feasibility of generating electricity and steam from ethanol plant co-products and/or other biomass byproducts at the ethanol plant. Distiller’s dried grains with solubles is one ethanol co-product that might be used for energy production.

Dairyland and WWE will study the possibility of locating a cogeneration facility next to the ethanol plant. Dairyland or its agent could produce electricity to help satisfy renewable energy requirements. And waste steam and heat from the facility could be used by WWE to reduce costs and improve the net energy value of ethanol production.