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Turtle Lake company turns cheese into energy

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TURTLE LAKE, Wisconsin (WQOW) - In America's Dairyland, dairy products help power the state economy.  Now because of a company in Turtle Lake cheese will help to power something entirely different.

Each day cheesemakers and other food producers around the state clean their storage tanks and pipes. That water is sometimes spread onto farmland because of its nutrients.  But now the Turtle Lake company plans to use that wastewater for a different purpose.

Tom Ludy, President of Greenwhey Energy says, "We take the rinsewater from cheese plants, dairy plants, food plants, introduce it to bacteria in our digesters. From there it forms gas. The gas is used to run generators, and produce electricity."

When it gets up and running the facility will produce enough energy to power 3,000 homes. The cost of the project is around $28-million.  

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