DTE Energy and Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy announce renewable natural gas project partnership

New facility will refine gas from dairy cow waste for RNG vehicle fuel

DETROIT, Aug. 16, 2018 —DTE Energy broke ground last week on a project with Wisconsin-based Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy to begin creating renewable natural gas (RNG) generated from dairy cow waste as a fuel to power compressed natural gas vehicles, offsetting the use of fossil-based fuels.

The Kewaunee, Wisc.-based project is the first dairy-to-RNG facility for DTE’s Power & Industrial group, which specializes in large-scale renewable energy projects across the United States.

Inside Arizona’s Latest Clash Over Renewable Energy Targets

Arizona's politics over renewable energy have always been contentious. As the state considers adding new targets, this year is no different.

There are two proposals to increase Arizona’s renewable portfolio standard. One, a ballot initiative, would add a 50 percent renewable energy mandate (sans nuclear) by 2030 to the state’s constitution. The other, proposed separately by a member of the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC), would increase the state’s renewable portfolio standard to 80 percent (including nuclear) by 2050. 

By Emma Foehringer Merchant, GreenTech Media.


Xebec Receives U.S. Order for Landfill Gas Upgrading to RNG

Montreal, Quebec (FSCwire) - Xebec Adsorption Inc. (“Xebec”), a global provider of clean energy solutions announced today that  it has received a multi-million dollar landfill gas upgrading order  from a U.S. based customer to be delivered in Q1/2019.

Xebec has been developing and refining its landfill gas purification technology for decades, and today offers the leading edge solution for the separation of Nitrogen (N2), Oxygen (O2) and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) within a single stage Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) unit.


Ontario's Economic Investment Outlook Dims With New Government Energy Actions

Silvio Marcacci and Sara Hastings-Simon, Forbes.

Ontario’s government framed its reversal of carbon pricing and clean energy programs as an attempt to “save the little guy” – but it may have inadvertently thrown its economy in reverse while losing jobs and costing consumers.

Under recently elected Premier Ford, the Ontario government’s decisions to withdraw from the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) carbon market, oppose federal carbon pricing plans, and cancel hundreds of planned clean energy projects seem short-sighted for an economy that was already humming along.


New Ultra-Low Emission Heavy Duty Natural Gas Trucks Hit the Road in California

Food Express, Inc. takes delivery of the first set of 46 new trucks for use on delivery routes

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and Food Express, Inc. (FXI) today announced the addition of 11 new ultra-low emission natural gas trucks to the FXI fleet.  The company, with the assistance of SoCalGas, applied for and received $1.1 million in grant funding for the new trucks which started making deliveries today. The company has an additional 35 trucks on order.  Funding was received from the Prop 1B program administered by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and the California Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Program (HVIP).  The purchase of 46 new trucks represents about 50 percent of FXI's California fleet.  The company is on the wait list for an additional $900,000 in Prop 1B grants from the San Diego Air Pollution Control District, which would be used to purchase another 9 trucks.  Replacing 55 diesel trucks with new ultra-low emission natural gas trucks is the equivalent of taking more than 3,100 passenger cars off the road.

NY manure lagoon part of Cayuga County biogas digester's growth plan

SENNETT — The manure lagoon project that many Mentz residents have been fighting to stop the past few weeks is part of a larger plan to more effectively operate a Cayuga County renewable energy facility 8 miles away, its developer said last week.

The construction for the roughly 10-million-gallon storage lagoon, off of Maiden Lane Road in Mentz, is currently at a standstill after CH4 Generate Cayuga LLC, the company building the lagoon on land owned by an Elbridge-based dairy farm, received a notice of violation from the state's Department of Environmental Conservation on July 27 citing lack of required DEC approvals. 

By Megan Ehrhart, Auburnpub.com.


Colorado wastewater to RNG project plan headed for vote on final approval

City council to give last word on plan to repurpose wastewater byproduct

Ellis Arnold, Colorado Community Media.
This story has been updated to reflect a new meeting date for the vote on the plan (Aug. 20).

After nearly two years in the works, the plan to repurpose a byproduct gas from Englewood’s and Littleton’s wastewater-treatment plant to reduce pollution and potentially make millions in profit heads for a vote on final approval this month.


North Carolina pork industry appeals order suspending new biogas projects

The North Carolina Pork Council and other critics say ruling will sideline the state’s renewable natural gas industry.

A North Carolina project harnessing gas from hog manure for use in a Duke Energy power plant was billed as a breakthrough when it came online in March.

Now, supporters of the state’s fledgling biogas industry fear an order from state regulators will make the Duplin County venture a one-off.

The ruling suspends new renewable natural gas projects, which purify methane captured from waste and inject it into pipelines, where it’s blended with conventional gas and burned to generate power.

By Elizabeth Ouzts, Energy News Network.


RNG Clears the Air in Texas with new Dallas CNG station dispensing RNG

Appleton, Wis. – August 9, 2018 – In partnership with Independence Fuel Systems (IFS), GAIN Clean Fuel announces the opening of a new public natural gas fueling station in Dallas, Texas, that will dispense premium, renewable natural gas (RNG). The station is conveniently located along I-20, between I-35 East and I-45 at 8181 South Lancaster Road, Dallas, TX, 75241.

GAIN Clean Fuel is a market leader in production, procurement and delivery of compressed natural gas (CNG) and RNG – the cleanest sustainable energy solutions for the transportation industry, capable of reducing emissions up to 125%, through efficiencies during fuel production and use.

The Dallas location, like all other GAIN Clean Fuel and Fast Flow stations, was designed to easily accommodate class 8 vehicles and constructed with only the finest equipment to provide fast-fill capabilities, delivering unmatched reliability, and reduced fuel times.

SoCalGas to develop Dairy-to-RNG projects as part of Aliso settlement with Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced the company has entered into a settlement agreement with the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, the County of Los Angeles, the California Office of the Attorney General, and the California Air Resources Board to resolve all outstanding claims by those government bodies against the company related to the 2015-2016 natural gas leak at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility. Under the terms of the $119.5 million settlement agreement, SoCalGas will, among other things, reimburse city, county and state governments for costs associated with their response to the leak; establish a program with the California Air Resources Board to mitigate the methane emissions from the leak; and fund local environmental benefit projects to be administered by the government parties.

"SoCalGas is delivering on our commitment to the Governor and the people of California to fully mitigate the methane emissions from the leak at our Aliso Canyon facility," said Bret Lane, president and chief operating officer for SoCalGas. "The settlement will also help California meet its ambitious climate goals by advancing projects that capture methane from dairy farms and waste and convert that energy into renewable natural gas for use in transportation.  SoCalGas is pleased to have worked with the Attorney General's Office, the Air Resources Board, the Los Angeles City Attorney and the County of Los Angeles to resolve these matters for the people of California."