Attorney General Gansler Applauds Latest Efforts to Produce Renewable Energy from Poultry Waste
Longtime advocate of converting litter to energy predicts benefits for the Chesapeake Bay, poultry industry and Eastern Shore farmers
Baltimore, MD ( Jan. 25, 2013) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler applauds today's announcement from Gov. Martin O'Malley that will result in Maryland's first large-scale poultry litter-to-energy project. Attorney General Gansler is a longtime advocate of converting litter to energy to address three issues important to all Marylanders: reducing the environmental risks posed by an industry important to our state's economy, protecting farmers and farm-related jobs and producing renewable, environmentally-friendly energy. With the planned development of an energy conversion plant, Maryland takes another step towards reaching the commitment of producing 20% of its power needs from renewable sources.
"Converting poultry litter into energy helps Maryland prevent nitrogen from polluting the Bay and fills an important need for power generation on the Eastern Shore," said Attorney General Gansler. "This plant built as a result of this commitment will benefit Eastern Shore farmers, our economy and the Bay."
In 2008, Attorney General Gansler championed a bill to move poultry litter into Tier 1 of Maryland's Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, paving the way for its use as a renewable energy source in Maryland. Maryland's poultry industry produces over 1.5 billion pounds of poultry litter annually. Converting the waste into energy instead of applying it to land as fertilizer where it can contribute to runoff pollution is good for the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays and good for Maryland's poultry growers. Poultry farmers will now have another market where they can sell their poultry waste, providing a new and cleaner source of income.
Attorney General Gansler congratulates Green Planet Power Solutions, the successful bidder for the electricity purchase agreement and builder of Maryland's first large-scale poultry litter-to-energy facility. When completed, the Federalsburg plant is expected to supply a minimum of 10 megawatts (10 million watts) of electricity annually to the State of Maryland and the University System of Maryland under a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).