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Wednesday, October 09 2013

Learn About Anaerobic Digestion in Greenfield Thursday

Adapted from a BEAM Engineering press release:

Greenfield is looking at the feasibility of using an anaerobic digester to turn sewage sludge, that we currently pay to dispose of, into clean energy.  A public forum to discuss anaerobic digestion technology, energy creation opportunities, cost savings, potential community impacts, and to answer any questions, will be held on Thursday, October 10, 2013, from 5:30pm to 7pm, in the studio at Greenfield Community Television (393 Main Street, 3rd floor).

In 2012 the Mass Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) launched an Organics-To-Energy (OTE) Feasibility Study Grant to support Massachusetts' long term waste management plan, with Anaerobic Digestion and Combined Heat and Power as the principal technology being studied.  The main goals of the OTE program are to divert organic waste, generate renewable energy, produce a useful end product such as fertilizer and/or soil amendments, increase knowledge about OTE, create an economical and environmentally sound way to dispose of organic waste, encourage job growth stimulating the economy, and to address the MassDEP Organic Waste ban (set to go into effect in 2014) which will ban the disposal of commercial/industrial food wastes in landfills.

BEAM Engineering has been hired through the MassCEC OTE Program and the Town of Greenfield to conduct a feasibility study on the implementation of an Anaerobic Digester and Combined Heat and Power facility to be located at the Greenfield Transfer Station with the purpose of renewable energy generation; a long-term, economically viable, “green” solution to the disposal of the town's Waste Water Treatment Sludge, and locally generated organic wastes, which will also reduce Greenfield’s costs.

For more information please contact Carole Collins, Town of Greenfield Energy and Sustainability Coordinator, at or Laura Beebe, BEAM Engineering Project Manager, at 439-5283.  For more information on the Organics-To-Energy Feasibility Study in Greenfield, please visit

About BEAM Engineering:  BEAM Engineering is a consulting firm specializing in renewable energy programs and project engineering.  We work with end-use customers, policy-makers, manufacturers, and contractors to take a comprehensive approach to project identification, design, and construction.  Our team consists of Professional Engineers (PE), LEED Accredited Professionals, and Certified Energy Managers (CEM).