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The US DOE Midwest Clean Energy Application Center (CEAC) in partnership with the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives (AIEC) to conduct a workshop in Macomb, Illinois, introducing west-central Illinois livestock producers and dairymen to anaerobic digesters as a means of meeting compliance regulations and producing biogas to generate electricity and thermal energy via clean, energy efficient Combined Heat and Power (CHP) technologies.  35 attendees, including 15 producers and dairymen, converged at the Spoon River College Community Outreach Center to learn about the issues facing livestock producers and dairymen, the ins-and-outs of installing and operating an anaerobic digester, how to utilize the various outputs of an anaerobic digester (solids, liquids, and biogas), how to interconnect with the rural electric cooperative, and where to identify available funding sources.  The workshop agenda, presentations, speaker bios, and event photos are all available below.  For more information or project development assistance in pursuing an AD/CHP project on your premise, contact Cliff Haefke of the Midwest CEAC @ 312-355-3476, or John Freitag of the AIEC @ 217-529-5561,

The February 10th event in Effingham was 1 of 3 workshops conducted for the Illinois rural electric cooperatives in the month of February.  Click here for information including the archived presentations featured at the February 3rd workshop in Breese and the February 9th workshop in Effingham.

The February 10th workshop was sponsored by the following organizations: Adams Electric Cooperative , Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives,  Environmental Law & Policy Center, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, Illinois EPA, Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Milk Producers Association, Illinois Pork Producers, Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative, McDonough Power Cooperative, Menard Electric Cooperative, Prairie Power, Inc., Spoon River Electric Cooperative, University of Illinois at Chicago – Energy Resources Center, US DOE Midwest Clean Energy Application Center, US EPA Region 5, Western Illinois Electrical Cooperative.

Agenda and Presentations

8:15 AM



9:00 AM

Welcome, Introduction, & Industry Overview

John Freitag, Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives
Norman Conrad, Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives
Cliff Haefke, US DOE Midwest Clean Energy Application Center

9:20 AM

Summarizing the Regulations Impacting Livestock Operations

Marcia Willhite, Illinois EPA and Julianne Socha, US EPA Region 5

9:50 AM

Developing an Anaerobic Digester Project

Mark Moser, RCM International

10:25 AM



10:40 AM

Utilizing the Anaerobic Digester Outputs: Solids, Liquids, CHP, Electricity, Heating, NG Pipeline, CNG, etc.

Thomas Gratz, Eisenmann Corporation

11:15 AM

Case Study: Implementing an AD/CHP Project and Day-to-Day Operating Considerations

Andy Austin, Scenic View Dairy

11:50 AM

Connecting to the Grid

John N. Dalton, Prairie Power, Inc.

12:00 PM

Funding an AD/CHP Project

Matt Harris, USDA Rural Development – Illinois

12:15 PM



1:00 PM

Next Steps Roundtable Discussion

Moderators: John Freitag, Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives and Cliff Haefke, U.S. DOE Midwest Clean Energy Application Center
Panelists: all presenters

2:00 PM.



Haefke Dalton Discussion Maney
Gartz Willhite Socha Block

Workshop Co-Sponsors