By Tim Kowols
The Wisconsin Public Service Commission and its Focus on Energy program might help farmers convert their cattle manure into electricity. The PSC voted last week to consider spending up to $20 million on digester technology to help farmers not only harness power but manage manure supplies. Lee Kinnard from Kinnard Farms in Casco has worked with Focus on Energy before while his family underwent the construction of its new dairy barn and milking facility. Kinnard says Focus on Energy has helped many farmers in his region and the recent announcement is more good news.
The PSC provided Kewaunee County a grant last year to look into a network of manure digesters in a study called Project Phoenix. Dynamic Concepts completed the study in June and envision a capital investment of $188 million for full implementation of its plan.