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December 21, 2018

Cow Power

Time is running out to take advantage of local, sustainable Cow Power. Save your town money while supporting dairy farmers. Save money by partnering with Western Massachusetts dairy farms. We supply towns and schools with low cost green power and support local agriculture. It’s called Hampshire Cow Power. Hampshire Cow Power is a program of HCG’s Hampshire Renewables, where participating municipal buildings receive a 15% discount on net metering credits […]
November 16, 2018

Thompson Farm Gets $244k REAP Grant For Digester

A $244,000 USDA Rural Energy for America Program grant has been awarded to Fort Hill Farm AG-Grid LLC. The announcement followed a visit to Fort Hill Farms by US Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Oct. 30. The grant will be used for the purchase and installation of a 450kW anaerobic digester. The 850,000 gallon digester will process manure and food waste into biofuel to be converted into electricity. The project is […]
May 18, 2018

Rockwood Ag-Grid’s anaerobic digester is receiving food waste now!

March 20, 2018

Cow Power: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Ag-Grid Energy

Ag-Grid Energy has a vision to convert agricultural and organic waste into renewable energy, compost and support local area practices that lead us towards a sustainable environment. The company intends to finance, build, own (jointly), operate the waste to energy conversion facilities in US, and has four projects underway in New England. Ag -Grid Energy CEO Rashi Akki gave this illuminating overview of the company;s promise and progress at ABLC […]
February 9, 2018

Ag-Grid Energy was granted the Recycle Grant to add facilities at Granville, MA

BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration today awarded nearly $1 million in grants to six companies under the Commonwealth’s Recycling Business Development Grant (RBDG) program, which will enable the companies to better process and manage food material, wood, and bulky plastics. The grant program, administered by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), will expand the recycling operations and increase the amount and quality of recycling now occurring at Ag-Grid Energy, LLC; […]
January 12, 2018

Eight Projects Proposed in Round 4 of the Connecticut Microgrid Grant Program

The application window for Round 4 of the pioneering Connecticut microgrid grant program closed with the onset of the new year. Eight entities filed applications for funding to develop community microgrids with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), which is managing and administering the program. Originally created in 2012 upon passage of Public Act 12-148, Connecticut’s microgrid program was the first of its kind in the nation.  Sponsored […]
October 31, 2017

Dalton ponders ‘cow power’ for town electrical needs

DALTON — The town is embracing wind energy, but officials plan to chew a bit more on “cow power.” The Select Board heard a pitch Monday from Hampshire Power to buy electricity produced from cow manure and compost. Doing so would support green energy and yield credits to reduce its electric bill. The five-member board decided to hold off on a decision until its next meeting. But the town is […]
October 31, 2017

Sustainability Is Key To Fort Hill Farms Future

Farming is in Kies Orr’s blood. The 24-year-old is the third generation to work at Fort Hill Farms, in Thompson. The dairy farm was started by her grandfather, Ernie O’Leary, 70 years ago. Now, Fort Hill Farms is riding a wave of technological breakthroughs that promises increased dairy production, more comfort for the cows, and sustainability well into the future. With a degree in agricultural business and dairy management from […]
October 20, 2017

Rockwood Ag-Grid receives Air Permit to build Anaerobic Digester in Granville MA

Digester will produce enough renewable energy to light up 320 US homes and divert 20,000 tons of organic waste from landfills Oct 18, 2017 Granville, MA– Rockwood Ag-Grid LLC is pleased to announce that the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (Mass DEP) has granted a plan approval to the anaerobic gas digestion system, an associated engine, and an enclosed flare (the “Plant”) at Rockwood Farm located at 355 Granby Road […]
August 25, 2017

Moo! Cows Targeted in Global Warming Battle

GALT, Calif. (AP) — California is taking its fight against global warming to the farm. The nation’s leading agricultural state is now targeting greenhouse gases produced by dairy cows and other livestock. Despite strong opposition from farmers, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation in September that for the first time regulates heat-trapping gases from livestock operations and landfills. Cattle and other farm animals are major sources of methane, a greenhouse gas […]
August 25, 2017

World’s “Most Sophisticated” Food Waste Digester Will Make CNG Vehicles Honest

There was great excitement in the greater New York City metro region last week, when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that construction will start on the area’s first ever large scale anaerobic food waste digester system. Located in the hamlet of Yaphank, which happens to be the geographical center of Long Island, the new facility is expected to handle about 160,000 tons of waste annually, including solid food waste, […]
August 25, 2017

HCOG Broadens Local Renewable Energy Supply to Include Methane

Hampshire Council of Governments (HCOG) is again bringing new sources of clean, renewable electricity to Western Massachusetts towns. This time it is in the form of methane produced from manure and food waste. HCOG has partnered with AG-Grid Energy LLC, whose agricultural anaerobic digesters convert agricultural and organic waste into renewable energy. Two local dairy farms, Rockwood Farms in Granville, MA, and Luther Belden Farms in Hatfield, MA, will use […]
August 25, 2017

Massachusetts dairy farmers to turn manure into renewable energy

BOSTON — For years, dairy farmers have used cow manure as fertilizer to spread over crops like corn and hay. But two farms in Western Massachusetts have a new use for all that manure — renewable energy. Luther Belden Farm in Hatfield and Rockwood Farms in Granville are embarking on a project to turn cow manure into electricity as a way to become self-sustaining and stabilize their finances in what they […]
August 24, 2017

Gleaning Fills Summertime Food Banks

People and families in need often visit food banks and pantries to get basic provisions free of charge. Unfortunately, donations often decrease during the summer months. The nationwide campaign Feds Feed Families was created to help food banks and pantries stay stocked. This summer’s campaign, Feds Unite Against Hunger, offers several easy ways federal employees can help ease the burden on food banks across the nation. This year’s multi-faceted approach focuses on the […]


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