With 60,000 cows and 13 facilities, Bettencourt Dairies is one of the largest dairy farm operations in Idaho and the largest cow manure treatment facility in the country. Beginning in 2012, Rock Creek Dairy, a Bettencourt operation with 9,000 cows, decided to manage their manure while simultaneously reducing odors and methane emissions, in addition to producing power for its buildings and the local grid.
Nearly 200,000 gallons of cow manure enter a Catepillar power system each day, which processes the biogas produced from the “wet”-style anaerobic digester. The facility produces enough electricity and heat generation to sell back to Idaho Power and New Energy One. They also make clean compost used on site as animal bedding.
Organizations involved: Caterpillar, Bettencourt Dairies, Idaho Power Company, Western States Equipment Company, New One Number, Northern Biogas, Stanley & Company
IFES Number: 197
Main Products: Dairy
Size of Firm: Multiple Farm
Operational Status: Operational
Year Installed: 2012
Energy Feedstock: manure from 9,000 cows/200,000 gallons Cow manure
Energy Uses: Electricity
New co-products: Combined heating and power (CHP); Animal bedding; Soil conditioners
TCO2 Eq Avoided: 67,933 metric tons CO2E/yr