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Animal-waste-to-energy project faces slight delay

Cows in a large milking barn
Cows in a large milking barn

PICKETT, Wis (WSAU)    There’s been a slight delay in building a new facility at Wisconsin’s largest dairy farm to turn waste into electricity. The U-W Oshkosh Foundation withdrew an application to the state D-N-R this week for a permit to run an anaerobic digester at Rosendale Farms near Pickett. University spokesman Alex Hummel tells the Ripon Commonwealth Press that the application did not make it clear as to who would own the digester.

It would be located on the 8,300-cow farm – but the U-W Oshkosh Foundation would be the builder and the owner. Hummel said the school would clarify the wording, and then re-apply for the state permit. In the meantime, a hearing on the permit request set for tomorrow in Ripon has been called off.

The proposed bio-digester is the second one that U-W Oshkosh is involved with. The first converts plant-and-food waste from the campus into electricity. It’s been running for over a year.