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June 22, 2010, Sackville, N.B. – A New Brunswick beef farmer literally has tonnes of manure he’d like to burn for energy, but says the government won’t pay him enough to do it.

June 22, 2010, Sackville, N.B. – A New Brunswick beef farmer literally has tonnes of manure he’d like to burn for energy, but says the government won’t pay him enough to do it.

Corey McQuarrie has 1,800 cattle, which together with his cousin’s 1,000-cow farm down the road produce up to 25,000 tonnes of manure a year.

By heating the smelly waste, the carbon within would decompose into methane, which could be burned in a natural gas generator. The biogas could produce up to 170 kilowats, enough to power 80 homes with clean energy, as ironic as that may sound.

But the $2-million project wasn’t viable despite getting $1 million in grants because neither banks nor investors would front the second million, says Fredericton-based agriculture and energy consultant Cedric MacLeod, who works with McQuarrie. | READ MORE