Science Energy Pig Poo Power By Warren McLaren Writer La Trobe University University of Technology-Sydney Warren McLaren was one of the earliest writers for TreeHugger, where he covered a wide range of topics, including eco-design, retail and outdoor education. our editorial process Warren McLaren Updated October 11, 2018 Migrated Image Share Twitter Pinterest Email Energy Renewable Energy Fossil Fuels According to the Australian Greenhouse Office (AGO), the pork industry contributes over 1% of the methane and nitrous oxide emissions from agriculture. While in Thailand, pig manure also contributes markedly to high nitrogen and phosporus accumulation in soil and water. In overcoming such dilemmas, the AGO, a couple years ago, suggested that "there may be significant opportunities in biogas production, particularly for large enterprise." And blow me down, they were right. For here comes news that piggy poo is going to be a source of electricity. Energy Australia reckon their new plant will convert poo to run not only a piggery, but have enough left over to power 1,500 houses. Plus, it will stop the release of methane, a greenhouse gas ... and pongy smell to boot.