A new waste recycling plant built by the Forest County Potawatomi is up and running. The Milwaukee facility turns organic material into electricity that’s sold to WE Energies.
Project Manager Charlie Opferman says the $20-million facility converts food waste into methane gas using tanks full of bacteria.
“We keep these tanks full. They’ve got bugs in them, and the bugs have food. We keep them warm with heat that comes off the engines. Keep them basically at body temperature – as long as we can keep the bugs warm and happy they eat.”
One of the region’s largest gatherings around renewable energy is coming to Wisconsin this weekend, just outside Stevens Point. It’s the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair.
Ellie Jackson, events coordinator at the MREA, says she expects up to 20,000 people to descend on the small town of Custer.
“The energy fair is a community of people that come together to learn and share all aspects of renewable energy and energy efficiency and sustainable living. So it’s an educational experience but also a really fun event.”