Nature Energy Renewable Energy Facility in Roberts, Wisconsin
Nature Energy, a renewable natural gas green energy company, is proposing its first North American innovative biogas production plant in Roberts, Wisconsin.
- Provide a game changing manure management solution for local farmers: reducing greenhouse gas emissions, soil compaction, fossil fuel use and lowering the overall carbon footprint.
- Produce a form of natural fertilizer that better feeds our crops and has a lower application rate, reducing the risk of nutrient runoff and helping protect our waterways.
- Create a facility that both produces renewable energy and recycles material in a way that returns material to the natural cycle, which is really what taking care of our land and water is all about.
What is the project?
Regular natural gas is a fossil fuel, made over centuries by the action of heat and pressure on organic materials in the ground, and it requires fracking. This project in Roberts will produce biogas (biomethane) as a renewable source of natural gas, or RNG. RNG is made in approximately 30 to 60 days from renewable waste streams like dairy manure, turkey litter, and food processing waste. Inside a Nature Energy biogas plant, those raw materials are put into large, enclosed processing tanks where carefully controlled conditions promote the safe and natural breakdown of the material by bacteria. That process generates renewable biogas, which can then be added to existing natural gas supplies for use by homes and businesses. The other products of the biogas process result in materials rich in nutrients that are transported back to participating farms for use as fertilizer or soil amendments.
Roberts is an ideal location for several reasons, including a sufficient number of farms within about 20 miles of the plant and reliable infrastructure. Nature Energy worked to identify a location that would support the local sourcing of raw materials and identified suitable land on 130th Street north of the Union Pacific railroad and south of Roberts Business Park. Click to learn more about the benefits for Roberts and the project timeline
Who is Nature Energy?
Nature Energy began operations in 1979 in Denmark as a municipal natural gas company supplying gas to local households. Around the same time, Denmark recognized that dairy and hog farms were affecting local water resources. The Danish government started a program to encourage the development of large community digester projects to produce biogas from dairy and hog manure as well as food processing waste and food waste. Through this process, Nature Energy and other Danish companies developed the most efficient biogas production technologies available. Nature Energy established its first community biogas facility in 2015 and went on to expand operations from 30 to over 360 employees, and currently has over 14 facilities either under construction or in operations across Denmark. Nature Energy is now Denmark’s largest producer of biogas. With their track record of building a successful business model in Denmark, Nature Energy's proposed Roberts facility will be one of the first of its kind in the United States.