NOVI Energy Appoints Rob Zeldenrust V-P of Business Operations And General Manager of Fremont Community Digester

NOVI, Michigan

December 17, 2012

NOVI Energy today announced Robert J. “Rob” Zeldenrust has been appointed to the new position of Vice President, Business Operations for NOVI Energy and General Manager of the Fremont Community Digester (FCD). FCD is a $22 million anaerobic digester that will generate renewable electricity by processing organic wastes in Fremont, Michigan.

“Rob Zeldenrust will help NOVI Energy develop new energy infrastructure projects including biomass, biogas and natural gas combined-cycle power projects,” said NOVI President Anand Gangadharan. “We’re excited to add him to the NOVI team.” Mr. Zeldenrust is based at the Fremont Community Digester and assisting in management of its current startup testing.

Mr. Zeldenrust was previously senior manager of North Central Cooperative, a Wabash, Indiana-based agricultural cooperative with operations in Fremont. He joined Fremont Cooperative, which was acquired by North Central, in1991 and became General Manager in 1994. A native of Fremont, Mr. Zeldenrust is a 1981 graduate of Fremont High School. He earned an agricultural degree from Michigan State University in 1983.

NOVI Energy developed and is managing the FCD facility, which will convert 100,000 tons per year of organic wastes from food processing and other industries into 3 megawatts of renewable electricity. FCD’s electric generation is contracted for sale to Consumers Energy under an agreement approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission.

FCD is the first large-scale anaerobic digester in the United States that will take organic waste from multiple waste streams, including food processing wastes as well as agricultural wastes. It digests these wastes in enclosed tanks to produce biogas, which will fuel two reciprocating engine-generators to produce base load renewable electricity. FCD’s web site is

NOVI Energy is an entrepreneurial company that provides a broad range of services in energy consulting, energy management and energy infrastructure project development for utility, industrial, institutional and commercial clients across the United States and the world. For more information, visit or call 248-735-6684.

NOVI Energy contact: Aditya Gangadharan, 248.735.NOVI (6684) x 127,