Rosendale Dairy has been reissued a key permit that will enable it to continue operating for the next several years — while putting the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Foundation’s biodigester into operation.
The DNR OK’d a five-year renewal of the dairy’s Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WPDES) permit last week Wednesday, while it went into effect last week Friday.
It’s the second of two necessary steps toward operation of the university’s biodigester at Rosendale Dairy.
Read the full permit approval, including comments from residents about the issue and the DNR's response, by clicking here.
It’s a unit designed to capture and burn gasses released from cattle manure, which then is expected to create 1.5 megawatts of electricity — enough to power about 1,500 homes.
Construction on the digester officially began in early July with a ground-breaking ceremony.
Art Rathjen, president of the UW-Oshkosh Foundation, noted this is a big development for the university and the state.
“This is an incredibly exciting time for this project and for our state’s agricultural and renewable energy future,” he said. “By the start of the New Year, we plan to be producing energy from waste at Rosendale Dairy.
“Furthermore, in doing so, the partners and the community that has supported them will begin demonstrating how we can look to dairy farms as opportunities for student learning and research, renewable energy production and leaders in sustainable best practices for decades to come.
“This is a wonderful advancement and solution for the University, Rosendale Dairy, the township of Rosendale and agricultural entrepreneurs in the state of Wisconsin.”
Rosendale Dairy and its parent, Milksource, meanwhile, focused on what the permit means for its operation.
“This five-year permit renewal allows us to be even more efficient in our spreading of nutrients to crop fields while still maintaining regulated standards that are the most stringent in the state,” said Jim Ostrom, partner with Milksource.
Read the full story in the Nov. 7, 2013 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.