Biogas needs real consideration as a truly clean alternative to natural gas

The only byproducts here are clean water and fertilizer.

By John Stolz, Director of the Center for Environmental Research and Education at Duquesne University, via Pittsburgh City Paper. 

Since 2004, there have been more than 11,000 natural-gas wells drilled in Pennsylvania. 

At the same time, natural gas prices have plummeted by 80 percent. Shell is building a petrochemical plant in Beaver County to use the ethane generated at wells. But at what cost? 

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Bipartisan Group of Farm State Senators tell EPA to Stop Giving Big Oil Refiners a Pass on Biofuels Rules

Bipartisan senators on Tuesday asked the EPA to stop issuing waivers that allow oil refiners to avoid obligations to blend biofuels into gasoline.

EPA has reportedly issued 25 of the "hardship" waivers, usually reserved for small, distressed refiners who cannot meet federal biofuel blending requirements.

The senators pressed EPA to provide justification for why the agency has allowed an unusual number of large, profitable refiners to sidestep the biofuels mandate.

By Tom DiChristopher, CNBC News.

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RNG Bill Moves Forward in California

By NGT News.

April 17 - Today, the California Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications advanced a pro-renewable natural gas (RNG) bill sponsored by the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition).

S.B.1440, introduced by State Sen. Ben Hueso, would create additional market certainty for projects that use the state’s food waste, agricultural waste, landfill gas and wastewater resources to create RNG. The bill would do so by establishing an RNG procurement program for California’s natural gas utilities, the coalition explains.

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2018 Farm Bill would extend rural development grants, allocate $50 million annually to advanced biofuels

The House Committee on Agriculture recently released H.R. 2, the 2018 Farm Bill, which has the potential to affect organic waste policy in multiple areas. 

The bill changes funding levels for some grants related to waste management programs in rural areas. It also appropriates funding for biorefining projects, and extends technical assistance programs for rural waste management programs by adding that such programs should "identify options to enhance long term sustainability of rural water and waste systems."

By Cody Boteler, Waste Dive. 

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Dairy Waste to RNG Facility Given the Green Light in Kern County, CA

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has given the green light to a facility that will turn biogas into renewable natural gas (RNG) for transportation.

At a meeting on April 11, the CEC approved a $3.05 million grant for California Bioenergy LLC to construct the facility. California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) findings showed that the company’s proposed Kern Dairy Cluster Biomethane Upgrading Facility Project “presents no new significant or substantially more severe environmental impacts beyond those already considered and mitigated,” according to the CEC.

By NGT News. 

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Sacramento, Calif., Anaerobic Digester Working to Overcome Challenges

Incline Clean Energy is working to overcome challenges with an anaerobic digestion plant in Sacramento, Calif.

A Sacramento, Calif., anaerobic digestion plant that was making transportation fuel from municipal solid waste has hit a roadblock, and its new owner, alternative energy investment group Incline Clean Energy, is trying to get back on track.

By Arlene Karidis, Waste 360. 

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Fortistar Poised to Enter Construction on a Portfolio of Landfill Renewable Natural Gas Fuel Projects

Company Will Be Attending WasteExpo to Discuss New Deals with Potential Customers and Partners

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fortistar, LLC, a sustainability-focused private company helping to facilitate the transition to a zero-carbon economy, announced today that they will be entering construction shortly on a portfolio of new landfill RNG projects for transportation fuel projects. Company executives will be attending the 2018 WasteExpo in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 23-26, 2018 to discuss potential new projects with landfill owners, operators and project developers.

Renewable Natural Gas (RNG or Biomethane) is American-made from sustainable sources such as landfill gas and digester methane emissions. RNG is carbon-neutral and chemically identical to geothermal natural gas, allowing it to be to be used as a transportation fuel in natural gas vehicles and trucks. Landfills are the major source of RNG.

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Trump Proposes Higher Ethanol Sales, Pledges Help for Refiners

By Mario Parker, Jennifer A Dlouhy, and Justin Sink, Bloomberg.

Gasoline with a higher ethanol content will now be sold year-round, as refiners also get waivers

President Donald Trump on Thursday outlined changes to U.S. biofuel laws that would allow more ethanol to be used, a nod to farmers caught in the crosshairs of a potential trade war with China, while also offering some relief to fuel suppliers who have complained about compliance costs.

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