RNG Coalition Welcomes Nina Kapoor as Manager of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs

The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) is pleased to introduce and announce Ms. Nina Kapoor to our members and the RNG industry as the RNG Coalition's Manager of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs in Sacramento, California. 

The addition of Ms. Kapoor in July 2017 will further bolster the RNG Coalition's advocacy and education efforts on behalf of the North American RNG industry in California and on the West Coast. "After a highly competitive and deliberate process, we are thrilled to have Nina join our team," commented Johannes Escudero, CEO & Executive Director of the RNG Coalition. "The RNG Coalition will immediately benefit from her extensive lobbying experience, relationships and understanding of the legislative and regulatory processes in California." 

RNG Coalition Welcomes Sanjay Srikantiah as Federal Affairs Manager

The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) is pleased to introduce and announce Mr. Sanjay Srikantiah to our members and the RNG industry as the RNG Coalition's new Federal Affairs Manager in Washington, DC. 

The addition of Mr. Srikantiah will further strengthen the RNG Coalition's advocacy and education efforts on behalf of the North American RNG industry in Washington, DC and the Atlantic Coast Region.

"We are thrilled to have Sanjay join the RNG Coalition team. After a competitive process with many qualified candidates, his experience in the U.S. Capitol stood out," commented Johannes Escudero, CEO & Executive Director of the RNG Coalition. "Sanjay's understanding of the legislative and regulatory landscapes in Washington and his relationships will immediately benefit the RNG industry."

U.S. House tax chairman is confident on reform, but others less so

By Susan Heavey and David Morgan, Reuters.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top tax law writer in the U.S. House of Representatives insisted on Tuesday that tax reform will happen this year, despite concerns among some experts that a tax code overhaul could drag into 2018, or even collapse altogether. 

President Donald Trump is still seeking his first major legislative achievement and has focused on tax reform. But he has done little to advance it recently, amid constant distractions over Russia, North Korea and race relations. 

Court Rules that EPA Erred in Denying RFS Hardship Exemption

By Jarrett Renshaw, Reuters.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency used too strict of a test when it denied Sinclair Oil Corp's request for an exemption from the country's biofuel regulations, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Tuesday. 

The ruling could broaden the rules governing such exemptions and force the EPA to grant more of them under the Renewable Fuel Standard program, which requires that refiners blend biofuels like ethanol into their fuel pool or buy credits from those who do. Refiners of all sizes have complained for years that the program was too costly and threatened the viability of U.S. plants. 

Chicago's AMP Americas gets $47M to turn more cow manure into renewable natural gas

CHICAG – MP Americas, the pioneering renewable natural gas (RNG) producer and marketer, and compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel and infrastructure operator for the heavy-duty, commercial trucking industry, today announced a $47 million equity commitment from Houston-base IV Capita, a private equity firm focused on the energy industry. The equity commitment will allow AMP Americas to pursue growth opportunities across its businesses.

How a Wastewater Plant Hits Net Zero Energy

By Rachel Engel, Efficient Gov.

A wastewater treatment facility in Gresham, Ore., went beyond net zero energy consumption within 10 years after beginning the journey.

While other cities across the country are working to mitigate the exorbitant amount of energy their wastewater treatment plants consume, the city of Gresham, Ore., has found a way to achieve net zero energy consumption.

Through a 2005 partnership with a private contractor, Gresham’s wastewater treatment plant began the process of green energy creation as well as reducing their overall energy consumption. A mere 10 years later, in March 2015, the plant hit net zero for the month, proving they could create as much energy on site as they needed to consume for operations. It was a milestone victory for the city.


EPA report shows economic growth, environmental rules can co-exist

By Ledyard King, USA TODAY.

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s argument that “job-killing” environmental regulations are stifling U.S. economic growth is being undercut by … the Trump administration.

A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency found that since Congress passed the Clean Air Act in 1970, the economy has more than tripled and the number of vehicle miles traveled every year has nearly doubled — all while the nation’s population and annual energy consumption has surged.

London mayor releases environmental strategy with 'zero waste' goal by 2026

By Cole Rosengren, Waste Dive.

Dive Brief:

  • London Mayor Sadiq Khan has released a new draft "environment strategy" that includes a "zero waste" goal of sending no biodegradable or recyclable waste to landfills by 2026. The plan also calls for increasing the city's overall diversion rate of 52% — including residential and commercial material — to 65% by 2030, as reported by BusinessGreen.

Element Markets Announces the Hiring of Two Leading Biomethane Executives - Tom Moffett and Steve Johnson

Via Markets Insider.

HOUSTON, Aug 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Element Markets, LLC today announced the hiring of Tom Moffett and Steve Johnson, experienced renewable natural gas (RNG) and environmental commodity market professionals from Shell Energy North America, to anchor the company's Carlsbad, California office opening in September 2017. Tom Moffettbecomes Element Markets' Senior Vice President of Environmental Products and is joined by Steve Johnson, who will serve as the Vice President of Environmental Products. Mr. Moffett will lead Element Markets' West Coast origination of RNG, RINs, LCFS credits, carbon allowances and offsets, renewable energy, and emission credits, while Mr. Johnson brings over 30 years of experience in the West Coast energy markets to the Element Markets team, having worked with a variety of customers to develop tailored renewable energy solutions.

Immediately prior to joining Element Markets, Mr. Moffett and Mr. Johnson led the biomethane marketing effort at Shell Energy North America, where they were integral in the development of renewable energy and carbon transactions, and strategies for Shell's affiliates and clients.


Ontario considers food waste ban from MSW by 2022

By Cody Boteler, Waste Dive.

Dive Brief:

  • Ontario policymakers want to outlaw food waste from curbside trash collection by 2022, according to the CBC
  • About 33% of Ontario's total waste in 2014 was made up of food and organics, according to a recent discussion paper released by the province. In 2016, 37 municipalities in Ontario offered curbside organics collection, according to that same paper.
  • Ontario already has a 15-point plan for becoming a waste-free province, which includes reducing the amount of food and organic waste going to landfills.