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Vermont Ski Resort Touts Lift Run with Manure Power

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Vermont's Killington ski resort and Green Mountain Power are highlighting a project that is using cow manure to power one of the resort's lifts.

The Cow Power program enables customers to purchase all or part of their electricity at a premium and support Vermont's dairy farms.

The program works by collecting cow manure, mixing it with wash water from the milking equipment and then pumping that slurry into a digester where it is heated for three weeks. The process converts the manure into biogas that is 60 percent methane.

The methane then powers a generator.

Killington will run its K-1 Express Gondola with cow power.

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