Republic Services Expands Natural Gas-Powered Fleet

More Than 3,100 Vehicles Will Run on Alternative Fuels by the End of 2019

PHOENIX, Oct. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Republic Services, Inc. (RSG) announced today the continued expansion of its natural gas-powered fleet as it makes progress toward its greenhouse gas reduction goals. The Company will operate an additional 156 compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered solid waste collection trucks serving customers throughout the country by the end of 2019, bringing the total number of vehicles running on alternative fuels to more than 3,100.

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Energy Vision Honors Champions of Renewable Natural Gas

NEW YORK, Oct. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- At its annual awards reception in Manhattan, the NGO Energy Vision presented government and business leaders with awards for helping expand use of ultra-low carbon renewable natural gas (RNG) in New York and nationally. The awardees include:

  • New York State Senator Todd Kaminsky, Chair of the NYS Senate Environmental Conservation Committee and lead sponsor of the nation's most ambitious climate bill, the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.

  • Juan Corcino, Director of Fleet Operations, Manhattan Beer Distributors, America's largest single-market beer distributor. It operates the largest private fleet of natural gas vehicles in the New York metro region, and is working on fueling them with RNG.

  • Rudi Roeslein, Founder and CEO of Roeslein Alternative Energy (RAE), which partnered with Smithfield Foods, the world's largest hog farmer and pork processor, to make RNG from hog manure in Missouri and North Carolina. By 2021 all Smithfield Farms facilities will produce RNG from their manure. Roeslein is working to leverage RNG production from farm waste to help restore 30 million acres of prairie land.

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Biomethane to Supply Vermont College with 50% of its Heating and Cooling Energy Needs

Vanguard Renewables has selected Kinsley Energy Systems to supply high-efficiency combined heat and power (CHP) for a new renewable energy project. Kinsley will provide an 800 kW TEDOM CHP system to power a new renewable natural gas (RNG) production facility located on Goodrich Farm in Salisbury, Vermont.

By Emily Holbrook, Environmental Leader.

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Vanguard breaks ground on food waste to energy project

Vanguard Renewables, Wellesley, Massachusetts, began construction of a new project, which represents a unique partnership between a Vermont college, a local dairy farm and a renewable energy company. 

Vanguard owns and operates an anaerobic digestion facility on Goodrich Farm, Salisbury, Vermont, which processes organics and farm waste into renewable natural gas (RNG). The company is taking its Farm Powered project a step further with a partnership that will supply power to a local college.

By Kelly Maile, Waste Today Magazine

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Leyline Renewable Capital Announces $150 Million Investment from Newlight Partners to Provide Development Capital for Renewable Energy Projects

Injection of funding for project pre-construction signals developers are accelerating the clean energy transition in the United States.

DURHAM, N.C., Oct. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Leyline Renewable Capital, a provider of development financing across several renewable energy sectors, announced a $150 million investment by Newlight Partners LP. This investment will enable Leyline to identify and provide development-stage debt and equity to support renewable energy projects throughout the United States. To date, the Leyline team has developed, financed and/or constructed more than $2 billion in 170+ projects totaling 1GW+ electricity - which equates to 140,000 metric tons in greenhouse gas reductions.

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Greenlane Renewables Announces New Chief Financial Officer

Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada – October 15, 2019 Greenlane Renewables Inc. (“Greenlane” or the “Company”) (TSXV: GRN) today announced announced the appointment of Ms. Lynda Freeman as Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) effective immediately.

Ms. Freeman is a distinguished financial professional with over 22 years of experience. She has held progressively senior financial leadership roles, including five years as CFO of TSX-listed Alterra Power Corp., a global renewable energy company with hydro, wind, geothermal and solar generation capacity. Lynda began her professional career at PricewaterhouseCoopers where she spent ten years, based in three different countries (the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada) in the audit practice working with both public and rate regulated companies. Ms. Freeman earned her BA Honours degree in Accountancy and Law at Oxford Brookes University and is a UK qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA).

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Dominion Energy Sustainability Report: Strategy to Combat Climate Change

Dominion Energy today released its annual Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility report, which reviews the company's progress on environmental and social responsibility and operational initiatives in 2018 and establishes new commitments for 2019 and beyond.

"The people of Dominion Energy are leading the country's transition to clean energy," said Dominion Energy chairman, president and chief executive officer Thomas F. Farrell, II. "We are transforming everything we do to build a more sustainable future for our customers, the planet and our company. As we look to the future, one important priority will be addressing Gov. Northam's executive order on clean energy. That will be a major focus of next year's report."

By PR Newswire

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CalBio and Bloom Energy to Generate Renewable Electricity From Dairy Waste

Bloom Energy (NYSE: BE) and California Bioenergy LLC (CalBio), today announced a collaboration to deploy the companies’ commercial solution for the conversion of dairy waste into renewable electricity without combustion.

CalBio’s dairy digester technology with Bloom Energy’s solid oxide fuel cell technology delivers an end-to-end solution for the capture of methane and generation of renewable electricity. The solution has been designed such that the electricity will power electric vehicles (EVs) throughout California. In integrating these proven technologies, the two companies have created the world’s first commercial solution to generate non-combusted electricity from dairy waste to power EVs.

By Business Wire

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Frito-Lay Ditches Diesel in Favor of A Renewable-Powered Fleet at its Modesto Facility

Parent company PepsiCo, Inc. is replacing the fleet of diesel freight vehicles that service its Frito-Lay plant in Modesto, California with zero-emission and near-zero emission vehicles. The upgrades are coming to the central California facility thanks to funding provided by the state-funded Zero- and Near Zero-Emission Freight Facility Project.

“The Modesto project is indicative of our commitment to sustainable business practices that lead to innovation, increased productivity, operational excellence and business growth,” said Michael O’Connell, vice president of supply chain at PepsiCo. “We hope this work will become an operating model for all of our facilities across the U.S., and that we act as the catalyst to accelerate adoption of alternative fuel vehicles across the industry.”

By Kyle Field, CleanTechnica

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Updated: EPA, USDA Announce Agreement on Promoting Biofuels

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue issued the following statements on October 4 after President Donald J. Trump negotiated an agreement on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS):

“President Trump’s leadership has led to an agreement that continues to promote domestic ethanol and biodiesel production, supporting our Nation’s farmers and providing greater energy security,” said Wheeler in the statement. “Today’s agreement is the latest in a series of steps we have taken to expand domestic energy production and improve the RFS program that will result in sustained biofuel production to help American farmers."

By Waste 360

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