Government of Canada Invests in Clean Technology and Indigenous Economic Growth in British Columbia

Today, the Honourable Joyce Murray, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), announced a combined total of more than $4 million towards two projects that will stimulate economic growth and is expected to create more than 300 jobs through innovations in the forestry sector.

The University of British Columbia (UBC) will receive $2.38 million towards the research and testing of clean technologies that generate renewable natural gas (RNG) from forest residues. This project will use clean technology to produce affordable fuel that can be used to power pulp mills or sold to export markets. The project is expected to create 238 jobs as mills adopt innovative RNG technology.

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New RNG Project Proposed for Prince George, B.C.

Today, the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George (RDFFG) announced approval in principle for an agreement where FortisBC will purchase landfill gas from the Foothills Boulevard Regional Landfill to purify and inject the gas into its natural gas distribution system as Renewable Natural Gas (RNG).

"The demand for RNG is significant. We welcome the opportunity to bring on new supply as we pursue our target of having 15 per cent of our gas supply be renewable by 2030," says Douglas Stout, vice-president of external relations and market development, FortisBC. "If approved, this project will be the first northern Renewable Natural Gas project for FortisBC and will support the development of a locally produced, carbon neutral energy source in B.C."

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Aria Energy Presents Plans for RNG Facility at Bethlehem Landfill

The Lower Saucon Township Council reviewed plans on Wednesday night for a renewable natural gas facility that would process and treat methane and carbon dioxide from the Bethlehem Landfill.

Representatives from Aria Energy of Novi, Michigan, made an informal presentation to the council about building a processing facility on 2.3 acres south of the landfill. It would tie into the existing landfill gas system and send the processed gas into pipelines owned by UGI Utilities.

By Bryan Hay, 69 News

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Ameresco Announces Commercial Operations of Historic RNG Plant

Ameresco, Inc. (NYSE:AMRC), a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, today announced that it achieved commercial operations in early 2019 at its 91st Ave renewable natural gas (RNG) plant located in Phoenix, Arizona. Now operational, this plant is the largest wastewater treatment biogas-to-RNG facility of its kind in the US and is capable of processing 3,250 standard cubic feet per minute (scfm) of raw digester gas produced at the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP).

The 91st Ave WWTP is owned by the sub-regional operating group (SROG) member cities: Phoenix, Glendale, Mesa, Scottsdale and Tempe and is operated by the City of Phoenix.

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Vashon Island Anaerobic Digester Unveiled

Impact Bioenergy, a manufacturer of systems that convert organic food waste into usable energy and fertilizer, unveiled its new anaerobic digester at the Island Spring Organics tofu factory Tuesday.

The project, supported by Gov. Jay Inslee’s Clean Energy Fund, the Sustainable Energy Trust and King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, is able to derive methane and carbon dioxide from food waste that is broken down by bacteria — the process creates biogas, which can be treated and used to generate energy.

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Brightmark Energy Funds Indiana Plastics-to-Fuel Plan

The financing for Brightmark Energy Ashley Indiana includes $185 million in Indiana green bonds, which were underwritten by Goldman Sachs & Co. As part of the financing closure, Brightmark has become the controlling owner of RES Polyflow, the Ohio-based energy technology company that innovated the process for converting plastics directly into transportation fuel and other products.

The Ashley facility will be the first of its kind to take mixed-waste, single-use plastics and convert them into usable products at commercial scale. The facility will initially convert approximately 100,000 tons of plastics into more than 18 million gallons a year of ultra-low sulfur diesel and naphtha blend stocks and nearly 6 million gallons a year of commercial-grade wax in a process that is expected to be 93 percent efficient.\

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Dallas Fort Worth Airport's Energy Initiatives Result in $1 Million in Savings

In a recently released environmental sustainability report, Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) airport announced its current achievements and future goals relating to energy usage.

Among some of the findings:

By installing highly efficient plumbing fixtures across terminals and office buildings, DFW lowered customer water usage across all five terminals, saving millions of gallons each month. DFW partners with neighboring cities to create a reclaimed water-delivery system that provides water irrigation and serves as a key component in heating terminal buildings.

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City of Toronto Advances RNG Projects

The City of Toronto, Ontario has begun installing the first of what could be four facilities to produce large quantities of renewable natural gas (RNG) from the collection and processing of residential source separated organics (SSO) and solid waste. The initial project will upgrade the more than 5 million cubic meters of biogas produced annually through anaerobic digestion of residential SSO at the recently expanded Dufferin Organics Processing Facility. Installation began in February 2019 and the first gas molecules are expected to flow by the end of this year or early in 2020.

Under consideration are three additional facilities. One would be installed to upgrade biogas from Toronto’s second and larger anaerobic digestion facility at a site known as Disco Road. The other two would upgrade landfill gas at solid waste sites — the active Green Lane Landfill, about two hours southwest of Toronto, and the Keele Valley Landfill, just north of the city, which was closed 20 years ago.

By Peter Gorrie, BioCycle

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RNG Coalition & NGVAmerica Announce Infographic Report: Driving Down Emissions with Renewable Natural Gas

Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica) and the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) today announced that 32 percent of all on-road fuel used in natural gas vehicles in calendar year 2018 was renewable natural gas (RNG).

Captured above ground from organic material in agricultural, wastewater, landfill or food waste, RNG – or biomethane – produces net carbon-neutral and even net carbon-negative results when fueling on-road vehicles like short- and long-haul trucks, transit buses, and refuse and recycling collection vehicles.  RNG fuel in 2018 had an EER-adjusted carbon intensity as low as -303.30 according to the California Air Resources Board.  By comparison, California’s electricity grid rated between 25.0 and 38.95.

By Forester Media

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