ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS OF ANAEROBIC DIGESTERS
November 14th, 2017
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO), 30%-40% of all food manufactured in the United States ends up in landfills or incinerators as waste. Vanguard Renewables was formed to divert and process organic food waste and agricultural farm waste into renewable energy. The process for converting food waste to bio-gas is known as Anaerobic Digestion (AD). AD is commonplace in Europe, but relatively unknown in America. Food waste is collected from any generator and shipped to our farm digesters to be converted into renewable natural gas and organic fertilizer. AD has become an important renewable energy source as it is available to the grid as baseload 24/7 power. As importantly, because of the sequestration of Methane, which is a 25 times worse greenhouse gas than CO2, AD has a dramatically better GHG reduction profile than solar or wind per megawatt. Vanguard Renewables is a joint venture with institutional capital driven by the mission to rapidly expand farm-based anaerobic digestion throughout the Northeast. Anaerobic digesters have significant economic and environmental benefits for Massachusetts’ ratepayers and taxpayers that are unmatched by other renewables. These benefits include improving the grid reliability, reducing greenhouse gases from our food system and supporting local family-owned farms.