Kraig Westerbeek

Two years ago, Dominion Energy and Smithfield Foods joined forces in a transformational initiative to reduce emissions from hog farms across our region. Our solution has the dual benefit of combating climate change and providing economic opportunities for family farmers.

Together, our companies are investing $500 million to capture methane emissions from hog farms and turn it into clean energy for local homes and businesses. It’s called renewable natural gas, or RNG. This single technology reduces emissions from farms, provides clean energy for consumers and generates income for family farmers.

The best part is, it reduces significantly more greenhouse gas emissions from farms than are released when consumers use the gas to heat their homes and businesses. That is a significant improvement for the environment.

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