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Turkeys could play key role for U.S. energy

by 5m Editor
23 March 2005, at 12:00am

TEXAS - Maybe Midland should take up raising turkeys if it really wants to maintain its place as an energy leader in the nation. It seems that turkeys hold a messy key to the energy of the future -- turkey dung that is. A Minnesota company plans to take turkey leftovers to a whole new level after it finishes construction of a power plant fired by the birds&#39; droppings. It may not be the total answer to relieving the United States&#39; addiction to foreign oil, but the plant will burn 90 percent turkey dung and create clean power for 55,000 homes. While the idea seems unique enough, it&#39;s not even a new idea. Three poultry litter plants have already been built in England, but the Benson, Minnesota-based facility will be the first large-scale plant of its type in the U.S.and the largest in the world, according to operator Fibrominn, a subsidiary of power plant builder Homeland Renewable Energy, LLC of Boston. In the business, turkey dung is prized over pig excrement and cow chips. <i>Source: mywesttexas.com</i>

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