Workshop Header

The US DOE Midwest Clean Energy Application Center (CEAC) in partnership with the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives (AIEC) to conduct a workshop in Effingham, Illinois introducing south-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.  45 attendees, including 20 producers, converged at the Keller Convention 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 9th 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 10th workshop in Macomb.

The event was also highlighted in the Local ABC News Channel 20 evening report on February 9th (see video clip).

The February 9th workshop was sponsored by the following organizations: Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives, Clay Electric Cooperative, Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative, Environmental Law & Policy Center, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, Illinois EPA, Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Milk Producers Association, Illinois Pork Producers, Norris Electric Cooperative          , Prairie Power, Inc., Shelby Electric Cooperative, Southern Illinois Power Cooperative, University of Illinois at ChicagoEnergy Resources Center, US DOE Midwest Clean Energy Application Center, US EPA Region 5.

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

Richard Breckenridge, Illinois EPA

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

Mary Warren, 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 Gartz
Block Maney Socha Willhite

Workshop Page Footer