Some towns are known for their nice restaurants, others for their clean parks. But if the residents of Reynolds, Indiana have their way, their little farming hamlet will soon be known as America’s first community to meet all of its energy needs through renewable sources. Dubbed “Biotown USA”, the project is the brainchild of the Indiana Department of Agriculture, and state officials will soon break ground on a ten million dollar technology suite that will transform manure and other biomass products into competitively priced renewable energy. Organizers note that a barrel of this biomass will be about forty dollars a barrel, less than a barrel of oil, and if all goes as planned, Biotown will become completely energy independent by the end of 2007.

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