Pacific Gas and Electric has signed an agreement with a company that’ll be collecting cow manure from Central Valley dairies, extracting the methane and converting it into natural gas.
"Knowing that dairy cattle are very prolific poopers, there’s a significant resource that is available."
PG&E’s John Tremayne says once the manure is converted, the gas will be delivered to the utility company’s pipeline system covering Northern and Central California. If things go as planned, customers could be using gas from cows in 12-to-18 months.
And Tremayne says ultimately a good chunk of PG&E users would be using the gas.
"As much as 5% to 10% of our customer load could easily come from this resource."
And he says converting cow manure into natural gas will help reduce dairy emissions that contribute to the Central Valley’s poor air quality.