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Harnessing cow power

Harnessing Cow PowerFarms are harnessing cow manure in a new way.

While still popular as a fertilizer, Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport, VT, is dumping manure into a giant digester that collects the methane built up during storage.  The gas is then moved into a 600-kilowatt generator where it is burned for fuel.  The Blue Spruce generator is capable of powering 400 homes.

The owners of Blue Spruce say that the $1.5 million digester should pay for itself within six years.  Another handful of Vermont farms are also selling cow power.

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