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

2015 New Economy Week

2015 New Economy Week

The 2015 Vermont New Economy Week starts Saturday October 10th and runs until Saturday the 17th, with plenty of free opportunities to experience public conversation about the ideas that can transform society and build an economy where people and the planet matter. The New Economy movement is “a people-driven approach to achieving prosperous communities, successful businesses, and healthy environments.” Participants in the Vermont New Economy Week can experience this vision, learnRead More
On-Farm Heating with Biomass at River Berry Farm in Fairfax

On-Farm Heating with Biomass at River Berry Farm in Fairfax

David Marchant and Jane Sorensen of River Berry Farm—an organic vegetable and fruit producer in Fairfax—were early adopters of biomass heating when they installed a corn and pellet furnace in one of their greenhouses in 2008. The furnace required manual lighting and was snuffed out often when strong winds blew, and did not produce reasonable heat. “I kept thinking, there has got to be a better option,” recalls David, “ItRead More
Renewable Energy 2015 Conference & Expo: Leading the Energy REVolution

Renewable Energy 2015 Conference & Expo: Leading the Energy REVolution

Renewable energy businesses, technology leaders, energy generators, utilities and environmental organizations along with policy makers and communities will convene in Burlington this month to identify tangible strategies for converting the state’s fossil fueled economy to one driven by renewable sources. Renewable Energy 2015 (RE 2015) is Vermont’s premier event exploring the transition to a clean energy economy. The 15th annual business conference, hosted by Renewable Energy Vermont (REV) is slated for October 8 and 9Read 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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