Electricity from food scraps and manure: Massachusetts’s first biogas facility to be dedicated this month

first_imgThe first of five farm-based biogas plants that convert manure and food scraps into electricity for hundreds of homes will be dedicated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, May 31st at the Jordan Dairy Farm in Rutland, Massachusetts.Governor Deval Patrick will join local farmers and other project partners to officially open the plant that helps solve several problems for the state’s dairy industry: it will allow farms to better manage their manure, lower their energy and operating costs, and sell electricity to the grid to provide a new source of revenue. (One cow will create enough electricity to power a single home for a year.)advertisementadvertisement Along with farm manure, the facility’s anaerobic digester will also recycle food scraps and residue from food manufacturers that would normally end up in landfills, and convert it to energy and organic fertilizer. Hood, Kayem, Cabot and Cains have signed contracts to supply food scraps to the plant, and buy renewable power from the farm company formed to manage the venture — Agreen Energy.This unique project is the culmination of a 10-year dream by local dairy farmers and Agreen who developed a first-in-the-nation business model. quasar energy group perfected the made-in-US technology, and New England Organics, a division of Casella Waste Systems, will operate the facility. Coordinated state and federal energy and permitting policies also played a major role in making the facility possible, including the creation of the first pathway to permit smaller farms to use digesters as a business.For an earlier report by CNET on the project, view the video below.—From Casella Waste Systems news releaselast_img read more


first_img[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’‘Lady Pacquiao’ hopes to fight in Pacquiao-Horn card ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=’#0a0a0a’]Friday, January 27, 2017[/av_textblock][av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=’#0a0a0a’] WITH the news of Manny Pacquiao defending his World Boxing Organization (WBO) weltwerweight belt against Australian Jeff Horn, a Filipina-Australian boxer is hoping she will be given a chance to fight in the undercard.Louisa Hawton, the reigning WBO female light flyweight champion, said it will be a dream come true for her to be part of the card, which could land as the biggest-ever in Australia.“Manny Pacquiao versus Jeff Horn is the biggest news for Australian boxing and will go down in history as this country’s biggest fight,” said Hawton. “I’d love to be on that card fighting alongside Manny. It would truly be a dream come true.”“I am dubbed the female Pacquiao, and I am Australian-Filipino defending the same WBO organization title. Also, I’m Australia’s only current WBO world champ,” added Hawton.The Perth, Australia-native Hawton was a late bloomer in the sport, starting her career only in 2014. She currently has an unblemished 7-0-0 win-loss-draw ring record, including three knockout wins.One of Hawton’s first five fights was against Thai boxers. She also got a chance to face Filipina boxer Jujeath Nagaowa, whom she defeated via a lopsided unanimous decision.Her biggest career win so far is when she defeated Japanese Kei Takenaka for the WBO world light flyweight championship in August 2016 in Hyogo, Japan. It was Hawton’s first time to fight outside of Australia.“I need that break to be seen around the world,” said the 31-year-old, whose mother hails from General Santos City. “I hope Top Rank and Duco Events will give me that opportunity.”In related news, the Filipino Melvin Jerusalem failed to capture the World Boxing Council (WBC) minimumweight belt following a unanimous decision loss to Thailand’s Wanheng Menayothin on Wednesday in Phitsanulok, Thailand.The fight was so close it could have resulted in majority draw if not for the controversial deduction on Jerusalem on the eighth round due to “excessive low blow” to Menayothin. (To be continued/PN)[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

Aliy Zirkle Finished Iditarod in #3

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Two Rivers musher Aliy Zirkle has finished the 2016 Iditarod in 3rd place, with a time of 8d 18h 42m 36s. Zirkle rounds out the top three, finishing behind Dallas ad Mitch Seavey. She arrived in Nome at 9:42am today (Tuesday), which is virtually the same time Dallas finished last year. Zirkle completed the 1,000 mile race with 13 dogs on the string. She’s finished in the top ten every year since 2012, coming in second to a Seavey from 2012-2014. Zirkle was one of two mushers struck by a drunk snow machiner on the path to Nulato earlier in the race. She said the accident was tough mentally, especially as it was originally suspected to be an attack. The rider turned himself in to law enforcement and is facing a dozen criminal charges. (Photo courtesy of KNOM in Nome)last_img read more

‘Onward’ tops box office with disappointing $40 million weekend

first_imgWalt Disney Studios(NEW YORK) — Disney-Pixar’s Onward delivered an estimated $40 million in its opening weekend, but while it was good enough to top the box office, the animated feature, starring Tom Holland and Chris Pratt, came in on the low end of expectations.Overseas, the film earned an estimated $28 million.  Pixar is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.The weekend’s other new release, the Ben Affleck-led sports drama The Way Back, also failed to meet expectation, taking third place with an estimated $8.5 million opening.  Emma, the period film based on Jane Austin’s novel of the same name, expanded nationwide on Friday, finishing just outside the top five at number six with an estimated $5 million.The Invisible Man, the new take on the H.G. Wells classic science fiction novel, dropped to second place in its second week of release, delivering an estimated $15.1 million, bringing its stateside totals to over $52 million.  Worldwide, the horror flick has grabbed just shy of $100 million to date.Sonic the Hedgehog landed in fourth place with an estimated $8 million weekend.  In its fourth week of release, the animated film has collected north of $40 million.  It’s worldwide tally now stands at $295 million.Rounding out the top five was The Call of the Wild, closing out the weekend with an estimated $7 million.In limited release, First Cow, the drama John Magaro, Orion Lee, Toby Jones, Ewen Bremner, Alia Shawkat and René Auberjonois in one of his final film roles, opened in four locations and earned an estimated $96,059. The crime drama The Burnt Orange Heresy, starring Mick Jagger, Donald Sutherland, Claes Bang and Elizabeth Debicki, nabbed an estimated $18,296, also from four locations. Lastly, the Annette Bening and Bill Nighy-led drama Hope Gap opened at 18 theaters, grabbing an estimated $32,655.Here are the top 10 movies Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:1. Onward, $40 million2. The Invisible Man, $15.1 million3. The Way Back, $8.5 million4. Sonic the Hedgehog, $8 million5. The Call of the Wild, $7 million6. Emma, $5 million7. Bad Boys for Life, $3 million8. Birds of Prey, $2.16 million9. Impractical Jokers: The Movie, $1.8 million10. My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising, $1.5 millionCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more