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Swine Waste-to-Energy Day

December 7, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


9:00-10:00am: Swine Waste to Energy Overview

  • Welcome & Opening Remarks. Angie Maier, NC Pork Council; Andy Curliss, CEO, NC Pork Council
  • Review of renewable energy law, summary of projects that are online and producing electricity, what kinds of projects are in the works, challenges and obstacles in getting projects going. Angie Maier, NC Pork Council
  • Working with the electric utilities – who they are, what they do, how they become a partner in swine waste-to-energy development. Megan Jennings, Duke Energy; Jay Nemeth, GreenCo/NC Electric Cooperatives

Converting Food and Animal Waste to Energy

  • A new commercial operation in Charlotte is converting food waste to electricity. This same company has additional facilities in development in southeastern NC to convert food processing waste and animal waste to energy. Beth Clark, Project Development Manager, Blue Sphere

10:15 -11:45am: Existing Swine Project Profiles

  • Loyd Ray Farm (Yadkin County) – Gus Simmons, Director of Bioenergy, Cavanaugh & Associates; Tanja Vujic, Energy Consultant; Charles Adair, Program Manager, Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative, Duke University
  • Magnolia 1& 2 (Duplin County) – Alan Tank, CEO, Revolution Energy Solutions

11:45am- 12:30pm: Lunch, Sponsored by NC Pork Council & Smithfield East Central Division

12:30- 1:15pm: Directed Biogas Systems

  • Optima KV – Overview of this project currently in development. Consists of lagoons on five farms covered, biogas collected, piped to central location for clean-up then injected into natural gas pipeline. Gus Simmons, Director of Bioenergy, Cavanaugh & Associates

1:15-2:00pm: Gasification

  • NC Renewable Power – Current trials and future plans for using swine waste at existing power plants. Kerry Varkonda, NC Renewable Power
  • Greensboro Ecosystems – Current trials and future plans for using lagoon sludge for energy production. Joe Carroll, Greensboro Ecosystems

2:00- 2:15pmBreak

2:15 – 3:00pm: The Carbon Market – Revenue Opportunities for Swine Farmers

  • What are carbon offsets and how/why are they traded? How swine farmers might be able to participate in the carbon market by getting paid to install lagoon covers. Brian KillKelley, Director of Supply & Origination for NativeEnergy

3:00-3:45pm: Nutrient Management Considerations with Lagoon Covers/Digesters

  • How these alternative technologies impact management of animal waste such as waste sampling and nutrient management plans. Mark Rice, Extension Specialist, NCSU

3:45-4:00pm: Production Company Perspective & Involvement

  • Considerations on animal waste management from the company perspective, opportunities for participation by production companies in renewable energy production. Kraig Westerbeek, Vice President of Environment, Engineering, and Support Services, Smithfield Foods

RSVP here to Wanda Hargrove. There is no cost to attend.


December 7, 2016
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Duplin County Center
165 Agriculture Drive
Kenansville, NC 28349
(910) 296-2143
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NC Pork Council