Cabot Creamery seeks state permission for energy project

CABOT, Vt. (AP) — The Cabot Creamery is seeking state approval to build a biogas generator at its facility in Cabot that will generate renewable energy from a byproduct of its manufacturing process.

The creamery is asking the Public Utilities Commission for permission to install and operate a bio-digester and electric generation equipment in Cabot.

The Caledonian Record reports the project would utilize wastewater that was used to sanitize its equipment and facilities.

The water contains organic material from milk, cheese and other dairy products that would be converted into biogas that could produce both heat for Cabot’s facilities and electricity that could be sold to Green Mountain Power.

The creamery currently disposes of the waste water by trucking it offsite and discharging it on land.