Deal Aimed at Improving Performance of the Biogas Plant

Operations Contract for Veolia at Michigan Food Waste Anaerobic Digestion Plant

Veolia has signed a five year contract with Lowell Energy AD, managed by Grand Rapids, Michigan based renewable energy project developer, Sustainable Partners (SPART) for the operations and maintenance of its Lowell Energy Anaerobic Digester.

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Veolia has signed a five year contract with Lowell Energy AD, managed by Grand Rapids, Michigan based renewable energy project developer, Sustainable Partners (SPART) for the operations and maintenance of its Lowell Energy Anaerobic Digester. 

Commissioned in 2015, the Lowell Energy plant uses food waste to produce biogas to generate around 800kW of electricity. Under the contract, Veolia is charged with improving performance of the anaerobic digestion system to increase biogas and power output. 

The $6.6 million biogas plant is privately funded facility which processes food waste and cow manure. The electricity generated is sold to the local municipal utility, Lowell Light and Power.

“We have seen consistent improvement in the plant’s performance since Veolia began operating in February this year,” commented Greg Northrup, principal at SPART.  “Veolia’s experience in waste to energy was just what the plant needed.” 

The developer said that it selected Veolia to operate and maintain the Lowell Energy facility with the primary goal of increasing system performance.

SPART added that it was recently recognised as Newsmaker of the Year in the Sustainability Category for its work with anaerobic digestion in west Michigan. 

It said that its partnership with Lowell Energy is also currently engaged in feasibility studies for a number of distributive energy projects - both biogas fired and natural gas fired - in the food processing, medical and manufacturing sectors.

“Veolia, by nature of its corporate mission, focuses on green energy and resource recovery,” said John Gibson, president and COO of Veolia North America’s Municipal & Commercial business.

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