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Michigan-based Consumers Energy is pushing forward on a new program in which the utility will buy electricity produced by anaerobic digesters.

Consumers Energy expects to buy 2.4 MW of electric capacity from anaerobic digesters selected through the program. It is open only to the utility's electric customers, and applications will be accepted from April 1 through June 2.

Anaerobic digesters, Consumers Energy notes, generate electricity from biodegradable material. In November, the utility co-hosted an informational forum on the subject with Michigan State University.

"Our development of this pilot program will help us see how well we can develop energy from activity on our state's farms and other facilities," says Timothy Sparks, vice president of energy supply operations at Consumers Energy.

An informational session for the program will take place on April 8 at 2 p.m. at the Henry Center in Lansing. The session will be webcast for those unable to attend. More information is available here.

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