Smithfield Foods and Dominion Energy have completed the first large-scale effort in Utah to capture methane from hog farming operations and convert it into clean energy for homes, businesses, and transportation. At full capacity, the project will produce enough RNG to heat more than 3,000 homes and businesses, and reduce annual emissions from participating farms by more than 100,000 metric tons, while simplifying the process and reducing the cost of manure management.
Dominion and Smithfield are jointly investing $500 million over the next 10 years to develop RNG projects across the country. Once their planned projects are complete, they will reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. hog farms by 2.5 million metric tons. Additional projects are already under development in North Carolina and Virginia.