Md. Eyeing Way To Convert Chicken Waste Into Power

US - Marylanders could find their energy coming from an unusual source: chicken waste.
calendar icon 16 October 2007
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"We have a site. We have a plan" to build a plant to convert chicken waste into power, Attorney General Doug Gansler said at a Maryland Business for Responsive Government breakfast Monday at the Center Club.

But Maryland needs a power company to buy the power and distribute it, he said.

"My belief is that Maryland’s appetite for renewable energy is real, and the opportunity to build a power plant fueled by Maryland’s [poultry waste] is also real," said Rupert Frasier, founder and CEO of Newtown, Pa.-based Fibrowatt, which has been eyeing the state for years to handle this energy conversion.

However, the "turmoil" in the state’s energy rates has slowed down the plan, he said.

"We intend and hope to build a project in the Eastern Shore," he said.

Fibrowatt opened the country’s first poultry-waste-fueled power plant last week in Benson, Minn., using turkey waste for energy.


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