In January 2012, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the launch of a USDA energy website. This new website gives stakeholders and other interested parties access to USDA energy efficiency and renewable energy data, including anaerobic digester projects. This is done in part through new Web-based tools:
• The Energy Investments Map, an interactive map that shows users where USDA is providing investment support for renewable and sustainable energy initiatives.
• The Renewable Energy Tool, which helps users identify renewable energy opportunities by providing information on land use for producing biomass and energy crops, state and federal policy, and USDA guidelines for financial assistance.
• Energy Matrix, a website created to help users find alternative and affordable energy solutions, funding for projects, or available programs and program information.
Source: USDA, “Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Streamlines Access to Energy Investment Information at USDA,” January 18, 2012.
Note: American Biogas Council produced an interactive diagram of the process biogas goes through after it leaves the digester.