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Utility looks at taking a 'pig' step toward new fuel

Posted February 19, 2007
Updated April 30, 2008

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— How many hogs does it take to light a light bulb?

That’s a real question for Raleigh-based Progress Energy, which announced Monday that it will study the possibility of turning hog waste into electricity.

Progress officials said they would work with several hog farms across the state, including Murphy-Brown farms, Smithfield Foods' hog-production subsidiary.

Renewable energy advocates contend that animal waste—along with solar, wind and other alternative energy sources—could help offset the need for coal and nuclear power as energy sources for running electric-power plants.

North Carolina is home to some of the nation's largest hog producers. Turning hog waste into fuel would reduce a continuing environmental concern created by waste accumulation.

Converting hog waste into fuel has long been considered too expensive and impractical, but the pilot project will test a new technology.


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  • gvmtcheese Feb 20, 2007

    lol, yes dough, pigshizzle. If we can send a machine into space to take pics of the galaxies, we can create better economic fuel. The question is will the greed-mongers allow this? They (Oil Giants)have spent so much money in blocking this kind of research why would they allow this to happen now? Would they be promised compensation? I imagine they will never loosen the grip they have on this country or the world for that matter unless it means the same profit margins for them in the future.

  • doughboy Feb 19, 2007

    Were talking about pigs##t right?

  • lechocolat13 Feb 19, 2007

    This is awsome. There is so much waste in this world that has nowhere to go and this is a great way to get rid of it.

  • rand321 Feb 19, 2007

    Its about time. This type of methane conversion has been happening in the developing world for a long time now.