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Cow manure to power a Vermont resort ski lift

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KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Vermont's Killington ski resort and Green Mountain Power are highlighting a project that is using cow manure to power one of the resort's lifts.

There were cows at the resort all day Saturday as part of the celebration of the resort's participating in GMP's Cow Power program.

The Cow Power program enables customers to purchase all or part of their electricity at a premium and support Vermont's dairy farms.

The program works by collecting cow manure, mixing it with wash water from the milking equipment and then pumping that slurry into a digester where it is heated for three weeks. The process converts the manure into biogas that is 60 percent methane.

The methane then powers a generator.

Killington will run its K-1 Express Gondola with cow power.

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