Hog manure-to-energy project expands in Missouri
March 12, 2020 by Manure Manager
With a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2025, Smithfield Foods is extending its partnership with Roeslein Alternative Energy (RAE) by investing an additional $45 million in their Monarch Bioenergy joint venture.
This project captures methane from hog manure to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) in Missouri. The additional investment will help continue implementation of manure-to-energy projects on Smithfield’s farms, resulting in RNG generation across 85 percent of the company’s hog finishing spaces in the state, according to a company release.
Currently, Smithfield has manure-to-energy projects in operation across five Smithfield farms in northern Missouri. This additional investment puts the company one step closer to equipping all its finishing spaces in the state with the technology to produce RNG, the release said. The projects are expected to produce enough RNG to power more than 2,700 homes and businesses.
This investment complements numerous initiatives Smithfield is implementing across the country, including additional RNG projects in North Carolina, Utah and Virginia.