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Mary Meyer, Vermont’s Oldest Stuffed Toy Company Receives 100% of Energy from Cow Power Program

Cow Power!

February 1, 2010 – Townshend, VT -- (Virtual Press Office) -- Mary Meyer, Vermont’s oldest stuffed toy company, gives a big hug to Vermont’s newest renewable energy source, Cow Power.

In 2009, Mary Meyer began to receive 100 percent of its energy from the Central Vermont Power Service (CVPS) Cow Power™ program.

“We are supporting renewable energy and Vermont’s dairy farms that produce electricity with methane powered generators fueled by cow manure,” said Kevin Meyer, President of Mary Meyer. “We are purchasing all of our electricity through the CVPS Cow Power program which costs us 4 cents/kilowatt-hour more than regular rates but we think it is well worth it. Vermont’s local agriculture is important to all of us at Mary Meyer. Our commitment to Cow Power is one way we can do our part to help sustain and protect this resource.”

According to the CVPS Cow Power program description, “the process begins with the cow. One cow can produce over 30 gallons of manure/day. 1,000 cows produce about 30,000 gallons of manure/day.”

Here’s how it works: the manure is fed into a anaerobic digester. The digester is built to hold 21 days of farm waste at roughly 100 degrees. Then, bacteria convert the waste into various products one of which is methane gas. Gas produced by the bacteria builds up pressure in the concrete vessel and a pipe delivers the biogas to a modified natural gas engine. The biogas fuels the engine, which in turn spins an electric generator to create electricity. The energy is fed into the CVPS electrical system for distribution. The waste heat from the engine is used to keep the digester warm and offsets fuel purchases on the farms. One cow’s waste can produce enough electricity to light two 100-watt light bulbs, 24 hours a day.

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Mary Meyer has been making award-winning stuffed toys for children of all ages for 77 years. The Company, founded by Mary Meyer, manufactures with the utmost of integrity and exceeding safety standards. The heart of the company is a family of people dedicated to producing ingenious, safe toys using the best materials in the world and innovative designs.