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CA waste-to-fuel project depends on subsidy


November 27, 2012, Santa Rosa, CA — A $40 million project that would convert agricultural waste ­– such as chicken manure – into natural gas, electricity and certified-organic fertilizer has run afoul of the 2013 expiration of a federal renewable-energy incentive.

The Sonoma County Farms to Fuel Project had a green light from local government to start construction, approval for $35 million in low-interest state bond financing, a $3.37 million state matching grant and a market for about half the estimated plant revenue. But the project has been on hold for months, after it became apparent it wouldn’t be finished and on line by the end of next year. READ MORE