Jim Muir answered questions from State Senator Ted Kennedy Jr. about the potential
forĀ  “Cow Power” in Connecticut at the State Environment Committee Hearing on 03/13/2017

After traveling internationally to promote American biogas technology, we realized an excellent market might be in “our own back yard”, southern New England. But unlike Pennsylvania, New York and Vermont, Connecticut had no modern digesters, so education was needed.

Muir met with local farmers and assisted the Connecticut Farm Energy Program with their “Agricultural Anaerobic Digester Road Map”. Later he was invited by State Senator Ted Kennedy Jr. to answer questions in front of the State Environmental Committee (excerpt from transcript).

Meeting on fields being used by one of Connecticut’s largest farms, Fairvue, owned by the Millers (right) of Woodstock. Congressman Joe Courtney is second from left.

As the head of Connecticut’s Department of the Environment, Kennedy agreed with Muir that a program like the successful “Cow Power” program in Vermont, might be replicated in one of America’s wealthiest and environmentally conscious states.

Two digesters Muir sold were developed in Western Massachusetts and a third, Connecticut’s first modern farm digester, started development in 2019. It benefitted from incentives initiated by Kennedy,

 

Trucks at Graywall farm in Lebanon, CT. “The Farmer’s Cow” is an association of six eastern Connecticut farms that distributes dairy products under its brand name. Future digester owners are members of this group.