By Tim Kowols
A Kewaunee County farmer and environmental activist says a digester system in the area was never part of the ideas discussed in the Department of Natural Resources workgroups held last year. Wisconsin’s DNR, Public Service Commission, and Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection released their 34-page Request for Proposal earlier this week, asking applicants to not exceed the $20 million in total costs to meet Focus on Energy requirements. The proposed system would treat manure from dairy farms to produce a renewable energy source and provide another way to fight against the groundwater issues in the area. Lynn Utesch from Kewaunee Cares says the proposed biodigester system for the county seems more like a PR move instead of a solution to a problem.
Proposals for the planned biodigester system are due by May 1st with applicants knowing if they were chosen for the project by June 5. According to the RFP, the agencies would like the project completed by the end of 2018.