Energy Independence and Economic Security from On-farm Biogas

In this post we make the case for the benefits of gaining energy independence from on-farm biogas plants, bringing wider security of the economy. Using farm anaerobic digestion it is perfectly possible to go off-grid entirely, be more sustainable and still make additional profits for the farm business.

Proponents of U.S. energy independence promote wider use of alternatives such as ethanol fuel, methanol, biodiesel, plug-in hybrids and other alternative propulsion. And, this doesn’t only go for the US. Admittedly, ethanol fuel in Brazil is produced from sugarcane, which yields much more fuel per acre than the corn used for ethanol production in the United States.

But, wherever you look governments and media seldom consider the energy independence afforded by operating an on-farm biogas plant. These plants are using waste biomass from the farm such as livestock and especially dairy manure.

That’s why we made the video below, which is based upon a US government text source, namely the EPA’s AgStar organisation:

In the United States, oil is primarily consumed as the fuel for cars, buses, trucks and airplanes (in the form of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel). Two-thirds of U.S. oil consumption is due to the transportation sector.

A national strategy [is long overdue to] designed to shift all transportation to a combined use of alternative fuels and plug-in hybrids is predicted to make the U.S. independent of petroleum (oil). via wikipedia.org

Energy independence is independence regarding energy resources, energy supply and/or energy generation by the energy industry.

Image about energy independence.

Energy dependence in general refers to either mankind’s general dependence on primary or secondary energy for energy consumption (fuel, transport, automation, etc.). In a narrower sense, it may describe the dependence of one country on energy resources from another country.

Energy dependency shows the extent to which an economy relies upon imports in order to meet its energy needs. The indicator is calculated as net imports divided by the sum of gross inland energy consumption plus bunkers. via wikipedia.org

Energy Independence for Security of the Economy

Energy independence is important because it affects not just fuel, but also politics.

Currently, US foreign policy is somewhat linked to import relationships a country has with other countries. Countries that supply fuel to other countries have more political leverage on those countries as those countries rely on the imported fuel to meet their own demands.

If a foreign country decides to stop selling oil to other countries, those other countries would suffer because they would not have enough fuel to meet their demands.

Off-grid with Economic Security from On-farm Biogas – Conclusion

Thus, energy independence is important at both the national level, and for individual farms. The wonderful things is that for livestock farmers, as described in the above video energy independence is perfectly achievable.

Watch the video above and you will see what we mean.

Do you agree that more US farmers should be building there own biogas plants to gain energy independence?