Natural Systems develops 2-MW renewable energy plant in Wisconsin

Natural Systems Utilities (NSU) said Sept. 26 that it has been selected to operate and manage the Forest County Potawatomi Community‘s (FCPC) waste-to-energy facility in Milwaukee, Wisc.

The $18.5m FCPC project will create 2 MW of renewable electricity daily by converting food waste from local food and beverage companies to electricity.

“We are excited about the opportunity to expand into the Wisconsin market,” said Ryan Brandt, NSU Executive Vice President. “With the establishment of an office and operating base in Milwaukee, NSU extends our commitment to developing and operating renewable energy projects throughout the Midwest.”

The FCPC Biothane anaerobic membrane bioreactor engineered by Symbiont of Milwaukee and constructed by Miron Construction of Neenah, Wisc., processes food waste in tanks devoid of oxygen. Bacteria consume the waste and produce methane as a byproduct, which is extracted and burned in engine generators to create electricity. The electricity is sent to the grid and will be purchased by We Energies.

“NSU leverages waste from local waste producers and extracts value from that waste for beneficial purposes,” says Brandt. “We are very proud of our sustainable model for all our projects, which is continuously focused on opportunities to create renewable energy, reuse water, and lower carbon footprint.”

NSU has grown steadily with offices in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Georgia, Colombia (in South America), and now Wisconsin. NSU operates over 200 wastewater and biogas systems and owns 24 private wastewater facilities. It said it is developing over a dozen anaerobic digestion/renewable energy projects throughout the Midwest, some of which are expected to be permitted and begin construction over the next 12 months.

About Barry Cassell 20414 Articles
Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.