​Kennedy Leads Legislative Approval of 'Cow Power' Bill

By  Mona Kazour, Bradford Patch. 

From the Senator: Connecticut farmers will now have the opportunity to join the green energy revolution, thanks to legislation championed by Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr. (D-Branford). Senate Bill 943 promotes the use of cow manure and food waste as a renewable energy source through the process of anaerobic digestion. The bill also creates an easier, cheaper and faster regulatory permitting process for farmers who are interested in adopting this technology.

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Gov. Hogan Reverses Maryland's 'Zero-Waste' Plan, 85% Landfill Diversion Goal

On June 27, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced a reversal of previous Governor Martin O'Malley's 'zero-waste' plan, which included goals of 60% organic waste diversion from the state's landfills by 2020 and 85% by 2040.

Hogan said that the state will instead focus on more "achievable" recycling goals. He reasoned that the "last minute" and "poorly devised" plan "usurped local authority" concerning their waste streams.  Maryland's secretary of the environment added that Maryland will remain focused on reduction, reuse and recycling, but no new rule will be issued.

Read more HERE and HERE.

Milwaukee Metro Sewage approves 20-year biogas deal with Waste Management at Wisconsin landfill

By Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Landfill gas from the Metro landfill in Franklin will begin flowing to the Jones Island sewage treatment plant in the summer of 2019, as part of a revised agreement approved Monday by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District's commission.

Waste Management of Wisconsin will be the district's second supplier of landfill gas — a lower cost fuel than natural gas — to power the plant and dry Milorganite fertilizer, after connections are completed in two years.

Waste 360: Five Trends Shaping How the Waste & Recycling Industry Manages Food Waste

Mallory Szczepanski, Waste 360.

Waste360 has identified five key trends that are shaping how the industry is managing food waste. 

With awareness of food waste spreading like wildfire, it's no surprise that the waste and recycling industry has developed a number of different ways to keep both edible and inedible wasted food out of landfill.

Each year, $218 billion worth of food is thrown away, 72 billion pounds of food is lost each year, 21 percent of landfill volume is comprised of food waste and 21 percent of fresh water is used to produce food that is discarded, according to nonprofit Feeding America.

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ExxonMobil and Stephen Hawking Agreed to the Same Climate Fix

By Eric Rolston, Climate Changed, via Bloomberg.

Less than three weeks after President Donald Trump pulled the United States from the 195-nation Paris Agreement on climate change, there's a new ragtag group of underdogs supporting carbon-cutting.

ExxonMobil Corp., Total SA, Raymond Dalio, Laurene Powell Jobs, Stephen Hawking, Ratan Tata, and Michael Bloomberg, the founder and owner of Bloomberg LP, among others, have signed on as "founding members" of a months-old group called the Climate Leadership Council. The organization is the brainchild of Ted Halstead, a serial think-tank entrepreneur, who set out to craft traditionally conservative ideas into a potential climate fix.

Biofuel Credit Prices Surge As The White House Hemorrhages Political Capital

By Tristan R. Brown, via Seeking Alpha.

Renewable Identification Numbers have rebounded strongly since early May, making it likely that merchant refiners' reported RIN expenditures in Q2 will be higher than originally expected.

The rise in RIN prices has coincided with the Trump administration's weakening political position, with some of the largest daily increases following news of branching investigations into White House activities.

Whereas RIN prices fell sharply following the election on the expectation that Carl Icahn would overhaul the RFS2 as regulatory reform czar, investors now believe that the changes won't happen.

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Democratic lawmakers raise pressure on EPA over Icahn's biofuels role

By Valerie Volcovici, Reuters.

U.S. Democratic lawmakers asked Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt on Wednesday to disclose procedures to prevent billionaire Carl Icahn from influencing U.S. biofuels policy for personal gain.

The letter is the latest in a string of missives from Democrats concerned about Icahn's dual role as a special adviser to President Donald Trump on regulation and as a major investor
in heavily regulated industries.  

Icahn has an 82 percent stake in oil refiner CVR Energy Inc. He has also recommended the White House change the biofuels program that would reduce costs to CVR and other refining companies. 

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LA Metro Approves Acquisition of 295 CNG Buses to Run on RNG

On June 22, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) voted to approve the acquisition of 295 new 40-foot compressed natural gas (CNG) buses to replace a portion of Metro's aging bus fleet. The buses will be fueled by RNG. 

The purchase signals a commitment by the transit agency -- already the largest natural gas bus fleet in the nation -- to continue improving air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Los Angeles County via natural gas buses with near-zero engines fueled by RNG. The contract includes an option for the purchase of 305 additional 40 foot CNG buses. 

Read the full press release HERE.

Philadelphia Looking for Information and Feedstock to Co-Digest Food Waste

The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) issued a request for information (RFI) concerning potential methods of co-digestion of food scraps with wastewater at either of two water resource recovery facilities in the city. 

These two of the cities wastewater processing plants currently have on-site biogas facilities that also create Class A biosolids, but the facilities have excess capacity. PWD particularly aims to accept pre-processed liquefied material.

View the RFI HERE, which contains several pages of specifications for the desired material and the prior experience of potential vendors. 

Corporate Commitment to Clean Energy Expands, Not Just for Google and Apple Anymore

By Katie Fehrenbacher, Greentech Media.

Some of the first companies in the U.S. to commit to buying clean energy were internet giants, including Google and Apple, which were worried about the massive energy needs of their data centers in coal country. But today, more and more companies across a number of sectors are opting to buy renewables and are increasingly doing smaller deals.

(Last) week, Goldman Sachs announced its first clean energy procurement deal from a 68-megawatt wind project that will be built in Pennsylvania through a power-purchase agreement with a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources. When it commences operation in 2019, the wind project will cover all of Goldman Sachs' energy needs (including offices and data centers) in the U.S.