Thu, Aug 15, 2013 10:04 PM
RUTLAND - The community was invited to a free showing of Cow
Power: The Film's World Premier at The Paramount Theatre in
downtown Rutland, Saturday, Aug. 10. Allison Gillette, director and
producer, introduced the film on stage, thanking the many people in
the audience that helped make the film possible, including former
Gov. James Douglas, who narrated the film.
The documentary-style production begins with the uses of cow
manure in farming and setting the stage by telling how the Vermont
farming industry has seen a sharp decline in resources over the
years, as rural farms search for ways to cut costs and increase
production while staying true to their roots.
Cow manure contains large amounts of methane. According to the
film, methane gas "accounts for 25% of all greenhouse gasses." When
harvested and contained properly, the methane gas can be used as a
utility supplement, powering farm machinery and other tools often
used in rural farming. This renewable energy is an example of how
waste from food production can be recycled to increase revenue. A
short synopsis praises the benefits, stating that the process
"creates cow bedding, safe fertilizer and removes methane
Vermont's utility company, Green Mountain Power, is backing cow
power as a renuable energy source and making it available to its
customers who can elect to pay an additional four cents per
killowatt hour. According to the film, over 10 farms are now a part
of GMP cow power program and key Vermont businesses including Long
Trail Brewery, Green Mountain College, Handy Toyota and Vermont
Clothing Co. are reported to have jumped on board, too, pledging to
offset a portion of their energy use with "cow power" derived from
the methane gas.
There's no telling how fast the interest in this renewable power
will spread, including to those outside of Vermont state lines. The
program calculates that, if used to full potential, cow power could
account for 10% of U.S. energy needs. Perhaps, cow manure will
become a valuable commodity across the country - a boom for
renuable energy and the Vermont economy! But for now, Vermonters
are happy to put some of those cow pies to use.
Cow Power: The Film is now available on Netflix, Amazon, iTunes,
and other sites.