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Beaver Dam Bioenergy Project Receives EPA Award

Beaver Dam residents have a new reason to cheer…Their new wastewater treatment facility has been awarded the prestigious PISCES Award! The Performance and Innovation in the SRF (State Revolving Fund) Creating Environmental Success Award is granted to only ten plants in the United States each year. It recognizes innovative partnerships, efficient water use, and creative use of technologies, among other things.

The City of Beaver Dam partnered with Kraft Foods during its Upgrade and Bioenergy Project, completed in 2011, to produce high-quality biogas. Kraft’s cream cheese production produces high-strength wastewater, which is then pumped to the Beaver Dam Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF). Since high-strength wastes are optimal for producing biogas, a “green” energy source, Kraft’s wastes will be used to power two combined heat and power (CHP) engine-generators that will produce approximately 800 kW of bioenergy that will be sold to Alliant Energy.

This will provide the City with a revenue stream of over $500,000 annually and will provide power for approximately 800 homes in the City. The waste heat from the CHP engines will make the plant energy self-sufficient. The EPA and Wisconsin DNR will present this award to the City on Monday, May 23rd at 6:00 p.m. at the Utilities Building located on Beltline Drive.

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