Forum To Focus On Anaerobic Digesters And Potential In Michigan

Michigan State University and Consumers Energy partner to offer renewable energy opportunities.

Published on: Oct 18, 2013

The 2013 Forum on Anaerobic Digester Production of Energy: New Opportunities for Projects in Michigan is set for Nov. 26. at the Okemos Conference Center, 2187 University Park Drive, Okemos. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. The program will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This interactive forum will focus on the latest resources and technologies for anaerobic digester-sourced energy projects in Michigan. The program will present the Michigan Waste Biomass Inventory to Support Renewable Energy and associated system modeling to project the cost and feasibility of anaerobic digester projects at agricultural operations, wastewater treatment facilities and food production companies statewide – particularly those within Consumers Energy's service territory.

Forum To Focus On Anaerobic Digesters And Potential In Michigan
Forum To Focus On Anaerobic Digesters And Potential In Michigan

"Consumers Energy is excited to work alongside Michigan State University to host the upcoming forum on anaerobic digester production in Michigan," says Jack Hanson, senior vice president of energy resources at Consumers Energy. "We are committed to helping Michigan diversify its energy supply with the further development and adoption of renewable energy projects. As a company, we are passionate about strengthening local communities throughout Michigan, including supporting customer-driven renewable energy projects."

"MSU has a deep-rooted interest in and support for converting waste organic materials into energy and recovering water and nutrients," says Steve Safferman, associate professor in the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at MSU. "With a long history of research on anaerobic digestion and the new digester on south campus, MSU is committed to providing practical renewable energy solutions. We are excited about our partnership with Consumers Energy and the state of Michigan to help implement renewable energy projects in communities all across our state."

Several tools will be examined at the forum. These will allow for estimating construction and interconnection costs and return on investment, and capturing both costs and benefits of developing a project at your location. Discussion topics will include the latest renewable energy policies, regulations and economic incentives, screening and selecting potential projects, and new opportunities from Consumers Energy for power purchase agreements.

This program would not be possible without the following sponsors: Consumers Energy Company; the Michigan Economic Development Corporation – Michigan Energy Office; the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development; Michigan Farm Bureau; the MSU Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering; the MSU Anaerobic Digestion Research and Education Center; the MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction; the MSU Extension Institute for Enhancing Michigan's First Green Industry: Agriculture and Agribusiness; and the MSU BioEconomy Network.

Registration cost is $50 and includes lunch and refreshments. Parking is free at the facility. To learn more about the event or to register, go to http://events.anr.msu.edu/mienergyforum/