(Exeter, Maine, USA) Hi, my name is Sarah Wintle, and I am the Communications and Operations Manager here at Exeter-AgriEnergy (EAE). I’m writing this entry on June 4, 2012, an extremely rainy Monday. By the time most of you read this, the sun will probably be shining, and EAE’s very first press conference will probably be over.
Thursday, June 7, is a big day for us. We are holding a press conference to unveil the new anaerobic digestion system at Stonyvale Farm. As you poke around our web site, you will learn how we collect cow manure and food waste, and use both to produce biogas, which we then burn to generate heat and electricity. This is clean, renewable energy. The process protects the local watershed, keeps methane out of the atmosphere, and reduces stress on Maine landfills by providing an alternative disposal option for food waste. Why bury food waste when we can use it to generate electricity?
This project was three years in the planning process, took about six months to build, and the last six months or so have been spent getting ready to “tell the world” about the exciting things happening here in Exeter. On Thursday, we are being joined at our press conference by many public officials, including Maine’s Commissioner of the DEP, the Commissioner of Agriculture, the Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development, and many more. Should be a great day.
We have put a lot of work into our communications in the last few months. I hope you enjoy learning about anaerobic digestion, and come back to our blog often. I’d like to close by inviting you to see a short video we produced about Stonyvale Farm. Our slogan is Tradition + Innovation, and the video captures how that Tradition first came about, generations ago in picturesque Exeter, Maine. Enjoy!