RINs Open New Market for Landfills

By Arlene Karidis, Waste 360.

In 2014 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classified landfill gas as a cellulosic biofuel, a step that some industry analysts believe could blossom into a biogas gold rush. With this biofuel classification, landfill operators began leveraging assets to tap into a new market: Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) credits.

RINs are serial numbers assigned to batches of biofuel for the purpose of tracking its production, use and trading. The credits are often purchased by oil companies, that buy them to meet certain investment thresholds on the percentage of gas produced from renewable sources.

New York unveils state methane reduction plan with focuses on food waste, landfills

Dive Brief:

  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released a new multi-agency "Methane Reduction Plan" that is part of the state's goal to reduce energy sector emissions 40% by 2030, based on 1990 levels. According to the plan, landfills account for 58% of the state's methane emissions and 5% of overall emissions.
  • Recovering or recycling organic waste from large generators is listed as the state's top priority for reducing emissions from landfills. This is said to include support and funding from multiple agencies for food donation networks, composting facilities and anaerobic digesters.
  • As for landfills themselves, the report cites proposed revisions to the Part 360 permit system that would require the installation of horizontal gas collection wells in newly constructed landfills or cells. The state also plans to review strategies for active or closed sites and review its guidance in comparison to the Environmental Protection Agency's greenhouse gas reporting criteria to identify any potential regulatory updates.

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California's 100% Clean Energy Bill Clears First Senate Committee

On May 9, the California Senate Energy Committee voted to approve SB 100 (Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles). If passed by the Legislature, the California Clean Energy Act of 2017 would put the state on the path to 100 percent renewable energy by 2045.

At the request of the CA Senate Leader's office, RNG Coalition staff is providing feedback on the bill's language and provisions.

SB 100 will next be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Read the bill summary and full text HERE

Center for Renewable Natural Gas Opens May 17 at UC Riverside

On May 17, RNG Coalition staff and members will join the University of California Riverside to open the Center for Renewable Natural Gas with a ceremonial ribbon cutting. 

Formally named "The University of California, Riverside, Center for Environmental Research and Technology, Center for Renewable Natural Gas," the RNG Center (or CRNG) will operate with University personnel under Director Arun Raju. Already, Director Raju and RNG Coalition Executive Staff have begun collaboration on a series of research and RNG advancement initiatives to boost RNG adoption. 

Also on May 17, the RNG Center will host the RNG Coalition-endorsed, Renewable Natural Gas Symposium consisting of panel discussions that explore adoption of renewable natural gas technology from lab to market. 

Find out more and register HERE.

RNG Coalition CEO Accepts Annual CNGVC Advocacy Award

May 10 - Yesterday evening, RNG Coalition CEO & Executive Director Johannes Escudero accepted the California Natural Gas Vehicles Coalition (CNGVC)'s Advocate of the Year Award, in appreciation of his and the RNG Coalition's dedication and advocacy work over the past year.

The award was presented at the CNGVC's annual awards banquet in Sacramento, CA. Thank you to Thomas Lawson and the CNGVC for the honor and their overwhelming recognition.

San Diego Makes Progress on Switching Refuse Fleet to CNG

By Joseph Bebon, NGT News.

On Tuesday, San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and City Councilmember Chris Cate announced the city has taken a major step toward switching its entire fleet of refuse and recycling collection trucks from diesel fuel to compressed natural gas (CNG).

“We all know that vehicle emissions are the leading cause of air pollution, so the city is leading by example,” said Faulconer. “By transitioning to compressed natural gas, we’re making our fleet greener and saving money at the same time. This is a win-win for San Diegans and will help us reach our climate action goals.”

Release of New RNG Jobs Study Covered by Several Publications

News of the new RNG Jobs Study conducted by ICF and jointly released by the RNG Coalition and California Natural Gas Vehicles Coalition (CNGVC) this week at the ACT Expo in Long Beach, CA was further spread by at least seven publications that picked up the story.

The publications include (with links to their stories):

Republic Services Expands Twin Cities CNG Fleet

By Waste360 Staff.

Republic Services unveiled a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station and over 50 new CNG-powered trucks to serve customers throughout the Twin Cities, Minn. region. The new CNG trucks are replacing older, diesel-powered trucks in the company’s Twin Cities-based fleet.

“We are dedicated to providing our customers and the communities we serve with outstanding service, while doing business in the most sustainable manner possible,” said Republic Services General Manager Jeff Marone in a statement. “We are leveraging alternative fuels and fleet innovation to help reduce fleet greenhouse gas emissions and do our part to preserve our Blue Planet. We believe we have a responsibility to lead by example, with a commitment to reduce carbon emissions whenever possible.”

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Cummins Westport Unveils New Lineup of Natural Gas Engines

By Joseph Bebon, NGT News.

At the Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Long Beach, Calif., Cummins Westport Inc. (CWI) has announced its model-year 2018 dedicated natural gas engines for regional haul truck/tractor, vocational and transit, school bus, and refuse applications. According to CWI, the new lineup comes with a change in names, following Cummins tradition of using B, L and X series letters, followed by engine displacement. The letter “N” denotes engines that are fueled by natural gas.