Anaerobic Digestion

The CCEP worked closely with a commercial food processing plant in Worcester, an organic waste hauler and a Massachusetts-based urban anaerobic digestion company to conduct a feasibility study for an anaerobic digestion unit in the Worcester area. This anaerobic digester would not only reduce waste and treat wastewater, but would also generate a consistent supply of electricity, heat and fertilizer.

Surplus electricity would help reduce the electricity burden of a local organization that serves Worcester’s most vulnerable populations. The process of allocating extra electricity to others is known as virtual net metering. The facility would also create demand for both entry level and highly skilled local jobs.

The heat generated from the anaerobic digestion unit could directly heat a nearby building, or could provide a supply of renewable natural gas (RNG).

Anaerobic digestion is crucial to meeting Massachusetts’ waste reduction and renewable energy goals.

To learn more about the process of anaerobic digestion, see the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Anaerobic Digestion Guide.