Hog farm emissions to be converted into renewable energy


Dominion Energy and Smithfield Foods have formed a partnership to convert methane emissions from hog farms into renewable energy in a variety of locations across the United States.

The project, Align Renewable Natural Gas will be commenced in North Carolina, Virginia and Utah. The energy generated will be resourced to provide electricity to local business and residential homes.

Meat processing company Smithfield Foods was founded in 1936 as the Smithfield Packing Company in Smithfield, Virginia. Dominion Energy is an American power and energy company headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.

Dominion Energy said in a statement that capturing the emissions from hog farms will dissolve the need for conventional gas, preventing greenhouse gas emissions from being released into the atmosphere.

"Our companies recognize the urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the future of our planet," Thomas F. Farrell, II, Dominion Energy's chairman, president and CEO, said in a statement Tuesday.

Farrell cited renewable natural gas as an "an innovative and proven way to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the agriculture industry by converting it into clean renewable energy."


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