Clean Cities Success: Fair Oaks Farm
15,000 acre Fair Oaks Farm in northern Indiana is building a public access, compressed natural gas station to service a new fleet of 42 CNG milk delivery trucks.
A majority of the fuel will come from a planned biomethane pipeline. Outlined by these yellow-flagged stakes, it will stretch 4 and a half miles to an underground anaerobic digester. The digester breaks down waste from the farm’s 11,000 cows into methane gas. Currently Fair Oaks uses the biogas for power generation. This new waste-to-wheels fueling effort will help Fair Oak’s reach its goal of reducing their milk long haul carbon footprint by 25 percent.
MARK STOERMANN: We decided that we would try to compress the gas, use it for fuel to actually deliver our milk to the processing plants in 3 different states, Indiana, Tennessee and Kentucky.
By working with both of the Indiana Clean Cities Coalitions, and the state and Federal government on this project, Fair Oaks estimates CNG will displace 1.8 million gallons of diesel per year. Helping the Hoosier state milk a renewable green fuel for all it’s worth.