Local Production for local use

Vermont Bioenergy Initiative Overview

Vermont Bioenergy Initiative

Vermont farmers, entrepreneurs and researchers are building an alternative model of bioenergy production that is small-scale, community focused, economical, and sustainable.

Algae to Biofuel

Algae to Biofuel

Vermont researchers and entrepreneurs demonstrate their innovations in algae to biofuel research and development in the Northeast.

Grass Fuel

Grass Fuels

Heating fuels from switchgrass? Sid Bosworth, a University of Vermont agronomist explains switchgrass production followed by biomass entrepreneurs turning bales of grass into briquette fuel.

Making On-Farm Biodiesel

Making on-Farm Biodiesel

Grow oil crops, make biodiesel, feed the animals & save money! Vermont farmer and owner of State Line Biofuels John Williamson and University of Vermont Extension's Chris Callahan show us how.

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Field Notes

UVM Extension crop/soil program researches food system crop by crop

UVM Extension crop/soil program researches food system crop by crop

Eat It, Drink It, Feed It, Fuel It: By: Debra Heleba, University of Vermont Extension agriculture coordinator Since 2003, the University of Vermont Extension Northwest Crops and Soils program (NWCS) has been conducting on-farm research on a wide range of crops-from cereal grains and forages to hops and oilseeds-to provide farmers and end-users with agronomic information that supports human food and beverage markets, as well as local livestock feed and biofuel production. Read More
Can Consumers Grow Sunflower Crops for Biodiesel?

Can Consumers Grow Sunflower Crops for Biodiesel?

Farmers in Vermont are making their own biodiesel from sunflowers, and maybe you have wondered: Can I do that? First, you might be interested to watch this video on growing sunflowers for biodiesel: You may be interested in increasing self-sufficiency, replacing fossil fuel with a renewable or saving $2.00 per gallon on diesel fuel. But can the average landowner grow their biodiesel? Land is the first thing needed to grow sunflowers. But mostRead More
 Vermont sunflowers to help provide biodiesel fuel

Vermont sunflowers to help provide biodiesel fuel

Beautiful fields of sunflowers growing in Newbury and Shaftsbury, Vermont will have an unusual future: the flowers’ seeds will be converted to biodiesel and livestock feed. The fuel will be used in Green Mountain Power’s fleet of vehicles and for building heating, saving Green Mountain Power customers money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants. The feed will be used on Vermont farms to supplement animal nutrition. “Green Mountain PowerRead More



Oilseeds from plants such as sunflower, soybean, and canola can be converted to biodiesel, food-grade oil, livestock feed, and organic fertilizer.



Perennial grasses such as switchgrass, big bluestem, and reed canarygrass can be pelletized for fuel combustion and converted to ethanol.



Microalgae such as green algae and diatoms can be converted to algal oil, biofuel, nutriceuticals, feed, and organic fertilizer.


More Biofuels

Additional local production for local use bioenergy options for Vermont include wood chips, wood pellets, willow, and methane digesters.

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