COVINGTON, N.Y. — A major project at a Wyoming County dairy farm is at risk of losing millions of dollars in federal investment funds, and Senator Charles Schumer is stepping up to the plate to help out the company.
Synergy LLC has built the state's largest biodigester in the town of Covington. The biodigester produces clean energy from both animal and food waste, and creates enough electricity to power the farm it sits on plus an additional 1,000 homes.
The digester took nine months to build, and is already generating the gas needed to make electricity.
Synergy made a deal with National Grid to connect the digester to the power grid by December 1st, but is now delaying that deal until March 2012.
Schumer says it's a broken promise that will cost the company $2.8 million for not meeting the deadline.
"That is unacceptable. I am here to tell you that I am going to actually not just ask, which is the nice way to do it, but I'll do that first,” said Schumer, (D). “But right after that, demand that National Grid speed up the timeline to protect the jobs and investment here in Wyoming County."
Schumer plans to speak with National Grid as soon as possible, and still hopes to meet next week's deadline.
The digester will then be up and running immediately after.