Middlebury wastewater-to-energy proposal gains momentum

By District Energy posted 09-05-2019 11:09


John Flowers, Addison Count Independent


MIDDLEBURY — Developers of a proposed resource recovery center that would transform industrial wastewater into energy are now seeking the necessary state and local permits to build the facility off Middlebury’s Exchange Street.

A multi-million-dollar PurposeEnergy Inc. facility would be built on land at 183 Industrial Ave. owned by local businessman Tony Neri.

PurposeEnergy would use an anaerobic digester to extract energy from organic wastewater generated by Middlebury industrial park tenants, most prominently the Agri-Mark/Cabot cheese plant and Otter Creek Brewing. Energy extracted from the wastewater would be sold and distributed through the state grid via Green Mountain Power.

The technology is similar to Green Mountain Power’s “Cow Power” program, only the PurposeEnergy plant would process wastewater from beverage/dairy companies, as opposed to cow manure.

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