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Dane County selects firm to study food digester

Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk on Thursday announced that AECOM, a global engineering company, will perform a feasibility study for the county on turning food waste into electricity.

The first phase of AECOM’s feasibility study will be completed this fall. It will explore both the financial benefits and renewable energy potential of food waste from commercial, industrial and institutional sources for a possible digester at the county’s Rodefeld landfill.

The food digester would be the first in the state and one of only a handful in the entire country, according to a press release.

AECOM, a worldwide company with a local office in Madison that serves clients in more than 100 countries, was one of 13 consultants that competed for the contract worth a maximum of $300,000. The county chose AECOM after evaluating 13 proposals and interviewing three finalists.

Pending approval by the Dane County Board of Supervisors and a signature by Falk, AECOM’s work should begin in July.

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