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North Carolina Paves Way for Swine Waste to Be Renewable Energy

June 12, 2020, 4:50 PM

A potential hurdle for North Carolina farmers looking to generate renewable energy from swine waste lagoons was removed under a broad agricultural bill signed into law on Friday.

The bill (S.B. 315) allows swine farmers in the state to install equipment that converts methane into biogas, a renewable energy, while avoiding expensive system overhauls, as long as they stick to their animal weight capacity limits.

Regulators and industry representatives say the provision, signed by Gov. Roy Cooper (D), simply codifies current practice and supports renewable energy generation.

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