Project Description

Anheuser-Busch: City of Fairfield

$9,700,000 tax-exempt industrial development bonds and $4,421,000 Company funds for the installation of an alternative energy recycling system.

Anheuser-Busch is the nation’s leading brewer of beer. The brewing and packaging industries are highly competitive and the company engages in ongoing modernization programs to stay competitive and reduce environmental impacts. The products manufactured by the company require a large volume of water from municipal and private systems for brewing.

The company is installing a Bio-Energy Recovery System (BERS) and a water reduction system. This renewable energy technology turns nutrients in brewing wastewater into renewable biogas. That biogas is projected to generate 15 percent of the brewery’s fuel needs and substantially reduce the amount of wastewater discharged to the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District.

It is estimated that the system will
— Generate over 1 million therms per year
— Save 865,000 therms per year
— Save an estimated 488,000kWH per year