NTMWD celebrates completion of renewable energy gas plant in Melissa

Officials with the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) held a ribbon cutting ceremony and tours on Wednesday, June 20 at the new Morrow Renewable High BTU Gas Plant operating at the district’s landfill in Melissa. The state-of-the-art plant captures landfill gas (methane and carbon dioxide) and converts it to clean, renewable natural gas.

The plant is a result of a public-private partnership between NTMWD and Morrow Renewables.  Construction began in May of 2017 and the plant became operational in December.  Morrow Renewables built and operates the facility and sells the renewable natural gas. NTMWD receives a royalty on the gas produced and a share of the revenue generated which goes toward offsetting landfill operation costs.



House Subcommittee on Energy Holds Hearing on Advanced Biofuels, RFS

By Erin Voegele, Biomass Magazine.

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Environment held a hearing June 22 titled “Advanced Biofuels Under the Renewable Fuel Standard: Current Status and Future Prospects,” that included discussions of post-2022 RFS policy, the EPA’s misuse of RFS waivers, the potential for an octane fuel standard.

The event featured testimony from Brooke Coleman, executive director of the Advanced Biofuels Business Council; Randy Howard, CEO of the Renewable Energy Group, who spoke on behalf of the National Biodiesel Board; Mike McAdams, president of the Advanced Biofuels Association; Derrick Morgan, senior vice president of American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers; Luke Morrow, managing director of Morrow Energy, who spoke on behalf of the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas; Collin O’Mara, president of the National Wildlife Federation; and Robin Puthusseril, vice president of Greater Chicago Truck Plaza, who spoke on behalf of the National Association of Truck Stop Operators.


Republican senator calls for face-to-face with EPA’s Pruitt

Republican senators are taking a harder look at Scott PruittPresident Trump’s embattled head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), after a prominent conservative called for his ouster last week amid new allegations of ethical misconduct.

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee and longtime Pruitt backer, wants to meet with the EPA chief Tuesday to discuss the latest allegations.

By Alexander Bolton, The Hill.


UPS Makes Another Huge Investment in CNG Trucking

By NGT News.

Building upon its previous commitments to compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling, UPS has announced plans to build an additional five CNG fueling stations and add more than 700 new CNG vehicles, including 400 semi-tractors and 330 terminal trucks.

This $130 million investment in CNG capacity for 2018 builds on prior UPS investments of $100 million in 2016 and $90 million in 2017. In total, from 2008 through 2018, UPS says it will have invested more than $1 billion in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and fueling stations.


Clean Energy Provides Grant Application Support for 168 Near Zero RNG Trucks

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun 20, 2018--Clean Energy Fuel Corp. (Nasdaq: CLNE ) has facilitated the filing of grant applications for 168 heavy-duty trucks equipped with the latest near zero engine technology and powered by Clean Energy’s Redeem™ renewable natural gas, which will contribute to lowering emissions on Southern California roads, thanks to funding made available by the Carl Moyer Grant Program. The program funds clean technologies aimed at improving air quality and is administered by the South Coast AQMD. With the support of Clean Energy, grant applications for 168 vehicles were submitted for a diverse array of trucking applications including port trucks that service the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, regional delivery trucks, and concrete mixers.

Colorado will adopt California-style low-emission vehicle standards under Hickenlooper order

Colorado could be using California’s rules by end of 2018; critics leery since coastal states differ from mountain region.

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday issued an executive order requiring the adoption of low-emission vehicle standards by 2025, with the first steps in developing the program ready by the end of this year.

By David Migoya, The Denver Post.


Two Bills Pushing for California Pipeline Biomethane Projects Move Forward

AB 3187 and SB 1440 could potentially change the landscape for the biomethane industry and elsewhere.

Until a few years ago, renewable natural gas (RNG) couldn’t be injected into California pipelines; it had to be piped in from other states. While this mandate no longer exists, interconnection costs have made these projects near impossible, though two state bills, if passed into law, should change this.

In its current form, AB 3187 would require the Public Utility Commission (CPUC) to re-evaluate an existing finance program and consider covering 100 percent of interconnection costs. The current program allows up to 50 percent coverage, though the money is not being used, which industry believes is because the incentive is insufficient, given California’s high interconnection costs.

By Arlene Karidis, Waste 360.


EPA offering $40 million to fleets to cut diesel emissions

Via USGasVehicles.com.

June 15, 2018. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making approximately $40 million available as grant funding to commercial- and service-vehicle fleet operators, to be used to help update their assets in line with current and pending diesel emissions standards. “These grants will incentivize improvements to aging diesel fleets and improve air quality throughout the country,” stated EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “EPA will continue to target funds to areas facing significant air-quality issues.”


Massachusetts Senate Passes Bill to Increase Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard

June 18 (Renewables Now) - The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday night passed a clean energy bill that was welcomed by the industry.

The bill Increases the state's renewable energy portfolio standard by requiring power suppliers to buy an additional 3% of renewable energy annually, up from an additional 1% and removes the cap on solar net metering. The legislation further calls for additional offshore wind and hydropower procurement, according to a statement released by senator Sal DiDomenico, Assistant Majority Leader of the Massachusetts Senate. It allows the Department of Energy Resources to recommend the procurement of up to 5,000 MW of aggregate offshore wind capacity by the end of 2035 and of more than 9,450,000 MWh of clean energy generation.

By Plamena Tisheva.