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The US DOE Midwest Clean Energy Application Center (CEAC) organized the workshop in partnership with the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives (AIEC) for introducing Clinton County dairyfarmers 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.  Almost 50 attendees, including nearly 20 dairymen, converged at the Knotty Pine Restaurant 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, and event photos are all available below.  Speaker bios are also available. 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 3rd event in Breese was the first of three 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 9th workshop in Effingham and the February 10th workshop in Macomb.

The February 3rd workshop was sponsored by the following organizations: Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives, Clinton County Electric Cooperative, Environmental Law & Policy Center, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, Illinois EPA, Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Milk Producers Association, Illinois Pork Producers, Prairie Power, Inc., 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

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

9:50 AM

Developing an Anaerobic Digester Project

Leo Maney, Clear Horizons LLC

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

Doug Block, Hunter Haven Farms

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 Co-Sponsors