UPS Makes Largest Private Purchase Of Renewable Natural Gas Ever In The U.S.

UPS (NYSE: UPS) today announced an agreement with Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ: CLNE) to purchase 170 million gallon equivalents of renewable natural gas (RNG) through 2026. This is the largest commitment for use of RNG to date by any company in the United States, with a range of 22.5 - 25 million gallon equivalents per year. RNG is a key part of UPS’s strategy to increase alternative fuel consumption to be 40% of total ground fuel purchases by 2025, supporting the logistics leader’s efforts to reduce the absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of its ground fleet 12% by 2025. 
“The world has a trash problem. And the world has an emissions problem. Renewable natural gas, produced naturally from bio sources such as landfills and dairy farms, not only turns trash to gas, but it turns it into clean gas,” said Mike Casteel, UPS director of fleet procurement. “Since RNG is supported by existing national infrastructure used to transport natural gas, it’s a winning solution that will help UPS to reach our ambitious sustainability goals. At the same time, we hope our unprecedented seven-year commitment serves as a catalyst for wider adoption of RNG by other companies.”

By Global Newswire

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HAM Group Brings Online Third RNG Refueling Station from Wastewater in Spain

In Spain, HAM Group has designed, installed and commissioned its third HAMikro refueling station, which allows the refueling of biomethane obtained from wastewater treatment. The installation is located in the facilities of the municipal water service of Lleida and is formed by a fuel compression system, using a low flow compressor, a structure that allows the storage of biomethane in bottles high pressure and a pump that is responsible for supplying this source of energy to vehicles.

By Meghan Sapp, Biofuels Digest

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House Energy and Water Appropriations Report

House Republican appropriators are poised to push back against Democratic spending bills this week that would reorder the Trump administration's energy and environmental priorities.

The House Appropriations Committee will mark up the fiscal 2020 Energy and Water spending bill tomorrow, followed Wednesday by the Interior-EPA bill. Both measures are expected on the House floor in June.

While lawmakers held their fire on amendments at the subcommittee level, they are expected to offer plenty of proposed changes this week.

By E&E News

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Hitachi Zosen INOVA to Convert City of San Luis Obispo's Food Waste into Renewable Energy

The City of San Luis Obispo just relaunched it’s food scraps program.

It’s because people throw out food every day that could be used for other purposes.

“It was eye-opening when we started using the green bins how much food waste the restaurant goes through on a daily basis,” said Michael Avila, Novo Restaurant Executive Chef.

Just because it doesn’t taste good, doesn’t mean it can’t be put to good use.

Workers at Novo Restaurant in San Luis Obispo throw food scraps in their green bins.

It’s part of a citywide initiative to go green.


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Kinetrex Energy Welcomes New CFO

Kinetrex Energy announced the hiring of Rob Scheuermann as its chief financial officer. Scheuermann comes to Kinetrex having served as president and previously chief financial officer of SoCore Energy, a leading national solar and energy storage provider for retailers, cooperatives, utilities and industrial companies.

“I’m extremely excited to welcome Rob to the Kinetrex family,” said Aaron Johnson, president and CEO of Kinetrex Energy. “Kinetrex is experiencing tremendous growth and, in turn, a necessity for corresponding investment given the capital intensity of the liquid and renewable natural gas industry. I am certain Rob’s extensive capital-raising expertise in the alternative energy markets, as well as his long history of successful leadership, will be immediately impactful to the company.”

By Kinetrex Energy

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Element Markets Honored as Inaugural Environmental Products House of the Year by Energy Risk Magazine

Element Markets' innovative work in the Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) and environmental markets has once again been recognized by Energy Risk Magazine with the inaugural "Environmental Products House of the Year" award received at a ceremony on May 14th. The award, bestowed upon only one company globally each year, recognizes excellence in providing environmental products across global markets. Winning firms must contribute positively to the development of the market and innovations that address challenges facing clients.

"We are honored to be the inaugural recipient of this prestigious award," said Angela Schwarz, President and CEO of Element Markets. "We are deeply grateful to our forward-thinking clients and partners as we continue to push the expansion of the renewable natural gas, emissions, and greenhouse markets, and are proud to be recognized for our efforts."

By PR Newswire

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Blue Ridge Landfill RNG Project Registered for Generation of Cellulosic RINs with EPA

Element Markets is pleased to announce that the Blue Ridge Landfill in Fresno, Texas has been registered under a new Renewable Identification Number (RIN) pathway utilizing renewable natural gas (RNG) to compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquified natural gas (LNG). The Blue Ridge facility came online on November 30, 2018 and is marketed by MEM RNG, LLC (MEM), a joint venture between Element Markets and Morrow Renewables to bring RNG to the transportation fuels market.

The Blue Ridge facility serves business and residential customers in the Houston Metro Area, by providing safe and environmentally responsible waste disposal services. The landfill gas project is one of the largest in the United States.

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Southern California Gas Company Receives CPUC Approval for Next Development Phase of Four Dairy Waste-to-RNG Projects

Southern California Gas Co.(SoCalGas) today announced the utility received approval from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to begin the next phase in construction of four new dairy biomethane projects in California.  Last week, the CPUC approved the contracts signed between SoCalGas and the developers of the four projects for the construction of infrastructure that will connect each biomethane facility to the SoCalGas pipeline system. This approval now allows SoCalGas to move forward, starting with the design and engineering phase. When completed, biogas from anaerobic digesters at 35 dairies will be collected and then cleaned to produce pipeline-quality renewable natural gas.  The new projects represent four of six pilot projects in the San Joaquin and Sacramento Valleys selected by the CPUC, the Air Resources Board (CARB) and the Department of Food and Agriculture in December 2018.  These new dairy biomethane facilities will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by harnessing methane emissions from dairy digesters and converting that energy into renewable natural gas (RNG) which can be used to heat homes and businesses, for cooking and to fuel trucks and buses. 

By Market Watch

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GESS International & Capstone Turbine Corp to Partner, Promote RNG with Indy Car Racing

Capstone Turbine Corporation ( (Nasdaq: CPST), the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced today that Capstone and Green Energy Sustainable Solutions, Inc. (GESS) have entered into a joint marketing agreement to further the awareness of biogas and renewable natural gas (RNG) as the fuel of the future at the 103rd Indianapolis 500.

Capstone has agreed to join GESS in their partnership with Harding Steinbrenner Racing in a multi-race sponsorship of the #88 Honda-powered Indy car. Capstone and GESS will sponsor the #88 Honda-powered Indy car at the Indianapolis 500 and a variety of other races throughout the remainder of the 2019 IndyCar Series season under the terms of the joint marketing agreement. In 2019, IndyCar events will be distributed exclusively across NBC Group platforms in the USA. IndyCar reaches an audience of approximately 160 million people around the globe.

By West

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