The city of Greeley, Colo., has received an $82,000 grant from the state of Colorado to investigate the prospect of developing a joint "Clean Energy Park." According to Bruce Biggi, Greeley economic development manager, the money will be used to study the feasibility of an energy park that would use waste from the city's own wastewater, as well as that from a JBS-Swift plant and cheese factory that the company is planning to build. Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter has a new Energy Economic Development program that is targeted to awarded $370,000 in grants statewide for such projects. So far Greeley is the only city to score a grant.
There is a growing and encouraging trend for food processors, including some meat processors, as communities and states are increasing looking at joint ventures to find solutions to waste and energy challenges.