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Iowa Power Fund awards $1.1M for methane digester

DES MOINES (AP) -- The Iowa Power Fund board has awarded a $1.1 million grant to the Amana Society to convert methane into fuel.

The society is building a methane digester in Amana to convert methane from livestock manure into fuel to power electrical generators.

The board will negotiate a contract with the society that will address concerns that the society's proposal may not meet the Power Fund's mission of funding education, research and innovation. The grant covers about 20 percent of the $5 million cost of the digester.

The society's proposal indicates some of the money would be used for driveways, restrooms and a visitor center.

Amana Society President John Peterson says the project could be a model for more than 3,600 livestock operations in Iowa.

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