Environmental Power Breaks Ground on a new Biogas Facility at JBS Swift Meat Processing Plant
December 2007 – Environmental Power Corp., a leader in the renewable bioenergy industry, broke ground in a December 11, 2007 ceremony for a biogas plant at the JBS Swift beef processing facility in Grand Island, Nebraska. The facility will use anaerobic digester technology to convert animal waste and other byproducts into a biogas to power the JBS Swift plant’s existing boilers. This process is expected to generate 235,000 MMBtu per year – the energy equivalent of 1.7 million gallons of oil – enough to offset approximately 25% of JBS Swift’s annual natural gas purchases. The biogas facility will not only reduce JBS Swift’s dependence on fossil fuels, but it will also reduce its land application of organic waste materials from its operations.