Vermont Brewer Trades Cows Food for Energy

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Long-Trail Brewing Co. in Vermont has signed up for something the dairy state has plenty of: cow power. A utility in Vermont is offering — for just a few cents more — power derived from the methane gas given off by the manure on dairy farms. The brewery, in turn, will contribute mash, a byproduct of brewing, to feed the cows.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

Good news now from Earth Day. A brewery in Vermont announced it was signing up for something that dairy state has plenty of: cow power. A utility in Vermont is offering — for just a few cents more — power derived from the methane gas given off by the manure on dairy farms. The Long Trail Brewery Company will not only be its biggest customer, but the brewery will be giving something back -mash, a byproduct of brewing, that can feed the cows.

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