Scottish Homes Could Be Energized By Whiskey

Originally published on May 6, 2011 6:40 am
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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

And todays last word in business is whiskey power.

Scotland's culture and economy have long been energized by whiskey. But some Scottish homes may soon be powered by it as well. A new project in the Scotch producing region of Speyside plans to take waste matter from the whiskey-making process and turn it into power. Spent grains from nearby distilleries - some with well-known names like Glenlivet and Chivas Regal are usually shipped off-site but instead, they'll be taken to a nearby biomass plant. Contracts were recently awarded for construction of that plant. And in a few years, some 9,000 homeowners may be able to raise a toast to their new source of electricity -and then maybe toast it again and again.

Thats the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

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