"With concepts as simple as skylights and shady eaves to as advanced as electricity generation from brewing waste, New Belgium uses 40 percent less energy than the average American brewer..".
"In 1999, New Belgium became the first U.S. brewery and one of the first Colorado businesses to buy all its electricity from wind power. That's one of the company's few energy initiatives that fail to provide an economic return...".
"Among the most ambitious is a $5 million system that collects methane from brewing wastewater and uses it to fire a 290- kilowatt electric generator...[that]supplies up to 60 percent of the brewery's power".
"...the system's biggest savings came from avoiding the steep fees that would be assessed by the city of Fort Collins to treat the brewery's nutrient- rich wastewater. With the combination of self-generated power and reduced wastewater fees, the methane-collection system paid itself off in three years".