A newly finished plant in Junction City, Ore. will be the first in the Northwest to process commercial food waste to generate electricity.

The plant, known as JC-Biomethane, turns food waste and other biomass products into biogas that is harnessed to produce electricity. The plant cost $16 million, with $2 million in cash incentives from Portland-based Energy Trust of Oregon and $1.7 million from federal stimulus funds awarded by the Oregon Department of Energy. The funders and government dignitaries celebrated the plant’s completion on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

““By encouraging new sources of renewable energy, we are creating a business climate that supports innovation, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and building a more diversified energy future for the state,” said Gov. John Kitzhaber.

Oregon also has 21 other digesters that produce biogas from various forms of waste.

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