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Montana Green Power

Your Guide to Renewable Energy in Montana



South Dakota Ranchers' Co-op Hopes
to Capture Value from Biogas and Feed

Phil Lusk of PRIME Technologies believes he’s found an environmentally friendly way to produce ethanol, feed cattle and keep South Dakota ranchers in business at the same time.

Working with the newly formed Dakota Value Capture Cooperative, Lusk says PRIME Technologies will build a "closed loop" facility in Sully County, South Dakota, consisting of an ethanol plant capable of producing 20 million gallons of ethanol annually and a climate-controlled feedlot capable of finishing 65,000 head of cattle a year.

Lusk described his project at the Harvesting Clean Energy conference Oct. 9-11 in Great Falls.


Hog Farm Methane Plant Proposed in Conrad
Fed Gazette, a publication of the Federal Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, reports in its July 2001 issue about a proposed hog farm and methane plant in Conrad, Montana. In an article titled, "Cleaning up: Possible solutions for lessening the impact of animal waste—scientific, technological and economic—are discussed," FedGazette reports: "An even larger deal is being discussed in north central Montana, where local developers are planning a $115 million hog-processing plant near Conrad. In a seemingly Rube Goldberg complex of technologies, the facility would include two sites. 

"The first would slaughter pigs, digest their waste into methane and fertilizer, grow crops and generate electricity. The second would vaporize landfill, thereby creating nitrogen for cooling the slaughtered pigs and hydrogen for powering fuel cells. The cells would create electricity, fed onto Montana's thirsty power grid along with electricity generated from ethanol distilled on-site from local corn. 

"Got that? Think it’ll work? Some area residents are skeptical, but the promise of 500 jobs has local and state officials interested. The Montana Growth through Agriculture Council issued a $50,000 grant to develop a business plan."

Several Montana-specific papers on biomass resources are available online from the Regional Biomass Energy Program:

Other links:


Biofuels for Your State 
Biofuels News

AgSTAR Program

The AgStar Library, operated by the Environmental Protection Agency, contains an array of information related to manure management systems. The Library is organized by subject matter as per the menu below. All products and documents in the library are downloadable. Articles and news are added as they become available. The Library also welcomes submissions from others who might come across information of interest.

American Bioenergy Association
The American Bioenergy Association is a leading voice in the United States for the bioenergy industry. "We work to build support throughout the federal government for the biomass industry through tax incentives, increased biomass research and development budgets, regulations and other policy initiatives," the ABA says on its website.

Bioenergy Information Network
The Bioenergy Information Network is a gateway to information about fast growing trees, grasses, and residues for fuels and power.

Biomass Energy Research Association
The Biomass Energy Research Association is a leader in the national effort to achieve:

  • National energy security
  • Independence from foreign oil imports
  • Clean air standards
  • Compliance with global climate change initiatives
  • Partnerships among industry, universities and non-profit research organizations, government agencies and national laboratories
  • International research alliances
  • Provision of objective state-of-the-art information to government agencies, legislators and decisionmakers.

Biomass Feedstock Availability in the United States: 
1999 State Level Analysis

Interest in using biomass feedstocks to produce power, liquid fuels, and chemicals in the United States is increasing. Central to determining the potential for these industries to develop is an understanding of the location, quantities, and prices of biomass resources. View a paper describing the methodology used to estimate biomass quantities and prices for each state in the continental United States.

Biomass Research and Development Initiative
The Biomass Initiative is the multi-agency effort to coordinate and accelerate all federal bio-based products and bioenergy research and development. The Initiative is guided by two principle documents:

  • The Biomass Research and Development Act of 2000, passed in June of 2000 (Title III if the Agricultural Risk Protection Act of 2000, P.L.106-224) and
  • Executive Order 13134: DEVELOPING AND PROMOTING BIOBASED PRODUCTS AND BIOENERGY, issued in August of 1999 with the accompanying

The site features a news center, publications, "On the Hill," a calendar and related links.

Biomass Resource Information Clearinghouse
The Biomass Resource Information Clearinghouse provides high-quality biomass resource data for the United States to the energy community. Its goal is to create an atlas of U.S. biomass resources by the year 2000. This atlas will show how much biomass is available, county-by-county, from a wide variety of resources: residues from agricultural and forestry industries, municipal wastes, energy crops, and industrial and institutional by-products. Currently, there are no national databases of consistent biomass data for public use.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network
Bioenergy is the use of biomass (organic matter) to produce electricity, transportation fuels, or chemicals. Bioenergy sources include agricultural and forestry residues and the organic component of municipal and industrial wastes. In the future, farms may provide a dedicated, sustainable source of biomass by growing energy crops, such as fast-growing trees and grasses. Check the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network's Bioenergy website.

Energy from Crops
For a copy of a paper titled "Energy from Crops and Agricultural Residues in Montana" (July 30, 1987) by Howard Haines of the Montana Department of environmental Quality, click here

Ethanol Producers and Consumers (EPAC)
Ethanol Producers and Consumers (EPAC) is a non-profit organization with members throughout the nation who support the production and use of ethanol as a clean, renewable energy resource.

Governors' Ethanol Coalition
Membership in the Governors' Ethanol Coalition stands at 26 with international representatives from Brazil, Canada, Mexico and Sweden. The Coalition's goal is to increase the use of ethanol based fuels, decrease the nation's dependence on imported energy resources, improve the environment and stimulate the national economy. The coalition says this will be accomplished through a coordinated set of activities designed to educate and demonstrate to the public the benefits of ethanol use; to encourage ethanol fuel production and use through research and market development efforts; and to make investments in infrastructure to support expansion of the ethanol market. The Coalition supports the production of ethanol from corn or other domestic, renewable resources using sustainable agricultural methods and encourages its use in environmentally acceptable applications.

Montana Bioenergy Resources
All plant or plant-derived material—"biomass"—from trees and grasses, agricultural crops, agricultural or forestry residues, and waste materials from plant products can be used to produce "bioenergy."

For heating applications or electricity generation, biomass can be burned in its solid form, or first converted into liquid or gaseous fuels for energy sources. Biomass power technologies convert renewable biomass fuels into heat and electricity using modern boilers, gasifiers, turbines, generators, fuel cells, and other methods.

National Biobased Products and Bioenergy
Welcome to the National Biobased Products and Bioenergy web site. The purpose of this site is to provide information about the multi-agency Federal activities relating to biobased products and bioenergy.

Northwest Regional Biomass Energy Program
Northwest Regional Biomass Energy Program, managed by the U.S. Department of Energy, Seattle Regional Support Office, promotes the use of biomass for energy production. Biomass consists of renewable organic materials and includes forestry and agricultural crops and residues; wood and food processing wastes; and municipal solid waste.

800 5th Ave., Suite 3950, Seattle, WA 98104
Program Manager: Jeff James
Phone: (206) 553-2079
FAX: (206) 553-2200
[email protected]

States Served: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and Washington
Main areas of interest: Biodiesel production

Regional Biomass Energy Program (RBEP)
Regional Biomass Energy Program website features links the RBEP Strategic Plan, including the history, goal and objectives of RBEP; lists of regional and state representatives; a bibliography that provides access to the biomass resource assessment reports in the data base; a list of states that serves as a short cut to reports; and RBEP maps that provide access to the biomass resource assessment maps in the data base.

United BioEnergy Commercialization Association (UBECA)
The United BioEnergy Commercialization Association (UBECA) is a trade association that represents the U.S. biomass power industry. UBECA was formed in 1994 to encourage the development of sustainable biomass resources and economically competitive biomass energy conversion technologies for the benefit of electric utilities, power producers, fuel suppliers, their customers, and society.



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