A Dairy Good Clean Energy Source

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

June 20, 2014

More than 200 years ago, the Barstow family built a dairy farm on a plot of land in Hadley.

Earlier this month, the family celebrated another milestone on their sixth-generation farm – the start-up of their new anaerobic digester.

I was excited to travel to Hadley with MassCEC Program Director Amy Barard for the digester ribbon-cutting, which drew neighbors, friends, partners and several state officials, including Energy and Evnrionmental Affairs Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlet, Agriculture Commissioner Greg Watson and Environmental Protection Commissioner David Cash.

So what is an anaerobic digester, and why is it such an exciting event when one goes online?

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