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Cargill, Idaho Power okayed for power pact


September 3, 2009
By The Canadian Press

September 3, 2009, Boise, ID — Cargill Inc. has received the green
light from the Idaho Public Utilities Commission for a plan to supply
Idaho Power Co. with 2.13 megawatts of electricity.

September 3, 2009, Boise, ID — Cargill Inc. has received the green light from the Idaho Public Utilities Commission for a plan to supply Idaho Power Co. with 2.13 megawatts of electricity.

The power will be generated at the Minneapolis-based agricultural conglomerate’s poop-to-power plant near Jerome.

Cargill’s cow manure digester at the 10,000-cow Bettencourt Dairy in Hansen in southern Idaho started operation in early September.

Cargill spent about $8.5 million to build the 2.25 megawatt digester and generator facility.

The company is exploring similar endeavors in neighboring Washington, Oregon, New Mexico, California, Texas, New York and Indiana.

After the Idaho project has proven itself, Idaho Power said it expects the two companies will enter into a long-term energy sales agreement.


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