- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 1, 2006

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Green Mountain College is seizing the power of cow dung.

The 760-student school, located along the Vermont-New York line, started last week to get half of its electricity from farms that run generators powered by methane gas extracted from manure.

The college will pay an extra $48,000 on its $250,000-a-year electricity bill for the privilege, which will help it reduce its reliance on nonrenewable energy that pollutes the environment.

“It’s a perfect fit,” said college President John F. Brennan. “We’re an environmental college. We’re dedicated to environmental applications and renewable energy.”

College and utility officials gathered at Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport, 35 miles north of campus, to announce the agreement. The farm is the site of Central Vermont Public Service Corp.’s first cow power generator, which its owners fired up nearly two years ago.

The power company, which harnesses and delivers the power, allows customers to take 25 percent, 50 percent or all of their electricity from the cow power program. The program has been so successful that the farm has installed a second generator.

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