Columbia Biogas – Energy from Food Waste

Rather than sending food waste to landfills, restaurants, grocery stores, food processing facilities, and other businesses may eventually have another option—turn that waste into “renewable energy, high-quality fertilizer and soil amendments, heat and water.” Columbia Biogas recently signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with PacifiCorp, the parent company of Pacific Power, which is the main electricity provider for Corvallis and Philomath. According to the renewable energy company, “A process of anaerobic digestion will break down organic matter to produce methane-rich biogas.” Columbia Biogas’s new waste conversion facility, expected to begin operation in mid-2013, will initially produce 3 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 3,000 homes.  Eventually, Columbia Biogas expects energy output to grow to 5 megawatts. Electricity produced by the plant will provide Oregon’s Pacific Power customers with a new source of renewable energy. Pacific Power’s Blue Sky program is already ranked second in the nation in terms of number of customers purchasing renewable energy and third for volume of renewable power sales.  For more information, visit

By Genevieve Weber