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Report identifies pig power as renewable energy source

by 5m Editor
22 December 2006, at 5:48pm

NORTH CAROLINA - A report, presented Wednesday to state lawmakers, concluded that untapped renewable energy could provide enough electricity to offset the need to build 1,800 megawatts of power generation, the equivalent of two power plants the size of Progress Energy's 900-megawatt Shearon Harris nuclear plant in Wake County.

The study, prepared for the N.C. Utilities Commission, concludes North Carolina pig farms could produce sufficient electricity to power over 90,000 homes.

With over 6 million pigs in North Carolina, the study says the the waste would create enough methane gas to produce an estimated 93 megawatts of power, enough to power over 9,000 homes.

The four-month study was prepared by La Capra Associates, a Boston consulting firm that has advised other states on energy alternatives.

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