By Tim Kowols
Governor Scott Walker announced Thursday that he has requested the Department of Natural Resources, the Public Service Commission, and the Department of Trade and Consumer Protection to work together on bringing manure digester technology to Kewaunee County. Standing inside a historic barn at the Heritage Farm Site in Kewaunee, Gov. Walker said the departments will work on recommendations for a private sector response to building manure digesters in environmentally sensitive areas before publically sending out a Request for Proposal in January. Gov. Walker called the news important progress towards addressing nutrient management and water quality in the region.
Costs for the project will depend on the Request for Proposal, but preliminary estimates from the PSC has it at $10-20 million. The PSC voted last month to include digester technology, rural broadband updates, and other renewable energy projects in its Focus on Energy programs moving forward.