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How Lodi and Galt are going green

New dairy digester turns cow waste into electricity

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Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2014 12:00 am

Biomass. Wet resources. Manure. It’s what dairy farmer Arlin Van Groningen’s milking cows produce daily that has caught the attention of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.

Each of Van Groningen’s 1,200 milking cows produces 120 pounds of combined manure and urine each day — enough so-called “wet resources” to generate methane for enough electric power for 250 Sacramento-area single-family homes through a digester which produces renewable electricity for SMUD.

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