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PG&E receives approval for cow power


March 8, 2008
By Manure Manager

Pacific Gas and Electric Company
recently announced that the California Public Utilities Commission has
approved its gas purchase agreement with Microgy, Inc., a subsidiary of
Environmental Power Corporation.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company recently announced that the California Public Utilities Commission has approved its gas purchase agreement with Microgy, Inc., a subsidiary of Environmental Power Corporation.

The agreement allows PG&E to purchase up to 8000 Mcf of renewable natural gas daily from Microgy. The methane gas, captured from cow manure, will be generated by Microgy facilities in California.

Microgy plans to construct four production facilities on the site of large dairy farms in California and interconnect those systems to PG&E’s extensive gas pipeline network. In addition to producing renewable energy, each of these facilities can produce significant greenhouse gas benefits by capturing methane from cow manure.

“Biogas is a triple win for California,” said Roy Kuga, vice-president of energy supply, PG&E. “It delivers clean, renewable energy to our customers, improves the air quality of the communities we serve and provides farmers with a new revenue stream that would otherwise go unutilized.”

PG&E currently supplies 12 percent of its energy from qualifying renewable sources under California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) program.


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