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American Biogas Council announces 2016 award winners


November 17, 2016 – Orlando, FL – At the American Biogas Council’s recent conference, the winners of the Biogas Industry Awards were announced.

The winners included five biogas systems, one innovation and one individual all recognized for their contributions to the growth of the U.S. biogas industry. In addition, 34 projects received ABC’s first longevity awards, given to biogas systems that have been continuously operating for more than five years.

“Not only are these projects great examples for future project development, our winners are breaking new ground for the growing biogas industry,” remarked ABC chairman Bernie Sheff of ES Engineering Services. “I’m so proud to be awarding the shining stars of the industry and look forward to the next wave of projects that are already following in their footsteps.”

The winners are:

  • Agricultural Project of the Year – Real Farm Power, Hadley, MA
  • Institutional Project of the Year – University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Urban Dry Digester, Oshkosh, WI
  • Municipal Project of the Year – Waste Management-Los Angeles County Sanitation District’s Food Scrap/Wastewater Biogas System, Orange, CA
  • Friend of the ABC – Ruckman Farm, Albany, MO
  • Innovation of the Year – Synergy Biogas
  • Biogas Visionary – Norma McDonald, Organic Waste Systems

Biogas projects that have been in continuous operation for 10 or more years include:

  • Blue Spruce Farm, Bridport, VT
  • Bos Farm #4, Fair Oaks, IN
  • Fair Oaks Dairy, Fair Oaks, IN
  • FPE Renewables, Lynden, WA
  • Gordondale Farms, Nelsonville, WI
  • Holsum Irish Dairy, Hilbert, WI
  • Hunter Haven Farms, Pearl City, IL

Biogas systems that have been in continuous operation for five to 10 years include:

  • Aurora Ridge Dairy, Aurora, NY
  • Bach Digester LLC, Dorchester, WI
  • Berkshire Cow Power, Richford, VT
  • Bos Farm #1 & #2, Fair Oaks, IN
  • Boxler Dairy, Varysburg, NY
  • Bridgewater Dairy, Montpelier, OH
  • Central Ohio BioEnergy (COBE), Columbus, OH
  • Central Sands Dairy, Nekoosa, WI
  • Clover Hill Dairy, Campbellsport, WI
  • DF-AP #1, Gooding, ID
  • Dry Creek Dairy, Hansen, ID
  • George DeRuter & Sons Dairy, Outlook, WA
  • Gervais Family Farm, Enosburg, VT
  • Green Mountain Dairy, Sheldon, VT
  • Herrema Dairy, Fair Oaks, IN
  • Hidden View Dairy, Rensselaer, IN
  • Holsum Elm Dairy, Chilton, WI
  • Neighborhood Energy, Newport, VT
  • Pagel’s Ponderosa, Kewaunee, WI
  • Qualco Energy Corp., Monroe, WA
  • Scenic View Dairy, Fennville, MI
  • Statz Bros., Sun Prairie, WI
  • Sunnyside Farms, Scipio Center, NY
  • Swiss Valley Farms, Warsaw, NY
  • UW-Oshkosh Urban Dry Digester, Oshkosh, WI
  • Westminster Energy Group, Westminster, VT
  • Willow Point Dairy, Ionia, MI

There are more than 2,100 operational biogas systems in the U.S. today with the potential for over 11,000 new systems to be built.