The Minnesota Municipal Power Agency’s Hometown BioEnergy facility in Le Sueur, MN, has been awarded national recognition as “Biogas Project of the Year” by the American Biogas Council. The facility was developed by the Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (MMPA), an organization of 12 municipal utilities, in collaboration with its management partner, Avant Energy of Minneapolis.
The Hometown BioEnergy facility uses an anaerobic digestion process to produce renewable electricity from food processing and agricultural waste. Electricity generated from methane gas can be dispatched to the local distribution system at times of highest demand.
The Washington-based American Biogas Council is a trade association dedicated to creating jobs, environmental sustainability and energy independence by growing the American biogas industry.
According to Steve Schmidt, MMPA chairman, “This biogas facility, because of its ability to store biogas until it’s needed, is an excellent complement to renewable power generated from wind or solar.”
Patrick Serfass, Executive Director of the American Biogas Council said in a news release announcing the award, “The quality of innovation in the biogas industry is at a fever pitch today.”