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SALEM — Today, the Oregon Department of Energy joined Energy Trust of Oregon to celebrate the completion of the Pacific Northwest’s first commercial food waste-to-electricity plant. The plant, known as JC-Biomethane, will convert commercial food waste and other biomass products into biogas that the plant will harness to generate electricity. The Oregon Department of Energy provided technical assistance and $1.7 million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding.
"This project is a good example of Oregon's energy policies and economic policies working together," said Governor Kitzhaber. "By encouraging new sources of renewable energy, we are creating a business climate that supports innovation, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and building a more diversified energy future for the state."
Designed and managed by Essential Consulting of Oregon, the Junction City plant will produce renewable electrical and thermal energy, generate liquid and fiber nutrients, and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“The collaboration between the private sector, the federal government, our partners at Energy Trust, and the Department of Energy on this project has been outstanding,” said Lisa Schwartz, Director of the Department of Energy. “We look forward to continued partnerships with equally successful results as we leverage the innovation of our private sector with the commitment to build a clean energy future in the public sector.”
While this merchant plant is a first for the Pacific Northwest, Oregon continues to see growth within the biogas industry. Currently, there are 21 other anaerobic digesters in the state.
The $16 million biogas project also received $2 million in cash incentives from Energy Trust of Oregon.
About the Oregon Department of Energy: The Oregon Department of Energy reduces the long-term costs of energy for Oregonians. It provides tax credits, grants, loans, technical assistance and energy information for homeowners, businesses, manufacturers, farms, ranches, schools and governments.