The RNG Coalition and Biomass Magazine announce 2020 North American Renewable Natural Gas Map

The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas to partner with BBI International and Biomass Magazine

Nashville, Tennessee – (September 12, 2019) – BBI International and the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) announced this week that the RNG Coalition is collaborating with Biomass Magazine to produce, design and release a new 2020 North American Renewable Natural Gas Facilities Map. The announcement was made in front of more than 300 attendees at RNG WORKS 2019, the industry's annual two-day Technical Workshop & Trade Expo held this week in Music City.

Decarbonizing the Power Sector with Renewable Gas

One way to help decarbonize the electric grid is through the use of renewable hydrogen, that is, hydrogen produced from renewable power resources. The process involves using excess wind and solar power during periods of oversupply to create hydrogen through electrolysis, then burning the renewable hydrogen in gas turbines when the power is needed on the grid. There are challenges to achieving this goal, but at least one company believes it has a roadmap for overcoming the obstacles.

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By Don Daniels, POWER Mag.

(Editorial) Close to Home: All-electric’s time will come, but it isn’t here yet

Berkeley just banned natural gas hookups for many new buildings. A host of communities are looking to follow; in the North Bay, this includes Santa Rosa and Petaluma. Hats off to Berkeley for its shout against methane’s greenhouse effect. But it is worth taking a sober look at consequences before hastily enacting more such bans.

First, electric-only buildings may initially worsen, not improve, environmental impact. Natural gas loads — heating, hot water and cooking — peak in the late evening and early morning, and in the winter. Solar power offers little then. Wind is unpredictable. Absent massive electric grid storage, where will the electricity come from?

By Doug Widney, The Press Democrat.

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Organizations Supporting Conversion of Organic Waste to Renewable Energy Launch New Educational Platform at RNG WORKS 2019

Learn About Local Environmental and Economic Co-Benefits of Renewable Natural Gas at RenewableNaturalGas.info.

NASHVILLE, TN – Today, educational non-profit organization RNG Global Initiative and the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) jointly announced a new learning platform that is dedicated to public education of the environmental and economic benefits resulting from converting local organic waste into renewable natural gas (RNG) as a clean energy solution. 

The organizations made the announcement in front of 350 participants during the first day of RNG WORKS 2019, the two-day Technical Workshop & Trade Expo hosted this year in Music City. 

Using local organic waste sources as a renewable, sustainable solution to decarbonize each of our society’s end-uses for natural gas is a common-sense, increasing global trend that we have just scratched the surface of in North America. Yet the RNG solution has an established history, using technologies proven for decades in the U.S., Canada and Europe.  

Most energy users and many energy decision-makers are still building familiarity with the facts regarding the history and benefits of RNG production and use. We have captured potential methane emissions from decomposing organic waste and used it to substitute for geologic [fossil] natural gas in the U.S. as far back as 1982 in New York. When used to fuel vehicles, RNG has proven to have the lowest carbon lifecycle emissions of all transportation fuel options currently available in many markets. 

While more than 100 North American sites have started producing renewable natural gas since the early 1980s – and more than half of those in just the past four years – greater opportunities remain. Using our potential RNG resources could annually replace seven billiongallons of diesel used in transportation, and, in the U.S. alone, could create 70,000 or more new clean energy jobs with salaries often two to three times the national median. 

Learn more about renewable natural gas, its benefits, and opportunities to take action at RenewableNaturalGas.info.

ABOUT THE RNG GLOBAL INITIATIVE

RNG Global Initiative ('RNG Global') is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that educates and empowers communities with information and resources to convert local waste to productive end-use resulting in economic and environmental benefits including but not limited to, renewable fuel, heat and power, safe food supply, sustainable land use, and clean air and drinking water. RNG Global comes alongside cities, communities, companies, and change-makers around the globe to overcome the obstacles that prevent renewable natural gas from being developed.

 ABOUT THE COALITION FOR RENEWABLE NATURAL GAS

The RNG Coalition represents the renewable natural gas industry in North America with more than 200 members, including companies that produce, or otherwise support production and distribution of biogas-derived renewable natural gas (RNG or biomethane) – a domestic, clean, low-carbon, and renewable source of power, heat and fuel that makes up the predominant share of cellulosic biofuel in North America.

Editorial: Lawsuit against Tillamook is without merit

We remember when we found out that our favorite chocolate chip cookies weren’t made by elves in a hollow tree. Had we not been 8 at the time we might have hired a lawyer and taken the folks at Keebler to court for falsely suggesting it was elven magic that made the cookies and other snacks so good. Such a case would have been thrown out of court.

But that lawsuit would have had more merit than one filed last week against the Tillamook Creamery Association by the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

By Capital Press.

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Colorado Issues Low Carbon Fuel Standard Feasibility Solicitation

The Colorado Energy Office has issued a documented quote (DQ) for services seeking independent contractors with experience conducting life cycle assessments and evaluating clean fuels policies to conduct a Low Carbon Fuel Standard Feasibility Study.

This solicitation is published using the Colorado Vendor Self Service (VSS) website. Solicitation documents and information (including any amendments or modifications) will be updated with revisions on this site. Go to www.colorado.gov/vss and select “Public Access”, where you can search for the DQ Number (2020000185).

The sole contact concerning this DQ is sara.graf@state.co.us. Offerors are not to contact any other State office or individual regarding this DQ.

DTE Biomass Energy opens first renewable natural gas processing and interstate injection site in Wisconsin

With new injection site, DTE and local dairy farmers are reducing greenhouse gas emissions and displacing fossil-based fuel by creating sustainable vehicle fuel.

NEWTON, Wis., Sept. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- DTE Biomass Energy, a non-regulated subsidiary of DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE), today announced it has opened its first and the state of Wisconsin's first combined dairy renewable natural gas (RNG) processing and interstate injection facility. With over three decades of experience in landfill waste-to-energy projects, DTE Biomass, along with local dairy farm partners, is leading the way in the Wisconsin dairy renewable energy movement.

Smithfield Renewables Senior Director Congratulated as one of the 100 Environment & Energy Leaders

The E+E 100 are the VPs, directors, managers and engineers who are making significant strides in driving our industry. See the complete list here or download the report for more detailed information about these leaders. And stay tuned for the Call for Submissions coming in the fall, when you can nominate your favorite sustainability or energy management professional!

Now, meet Kraig Westerbeek, senior director of Smithfield Renewables with Smithfield Foods. Smithfield Renewables was formed in 2017 as a platform to help the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer cut carbon and advance renewable energy. Westerbeek notes that in 2016 Smithfield became the first major protein company to announce a greenhouse gas emissions goal, targeting a 25% reduction by 2025.

By Energy Manager Today

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SCS Energy Breaks Ground on Indy Landfill Gas to RNG Project

In August 2019, SCS Energy broke ground on construction of a 4,000-scfm landfill gas to renewable natural gas (RNG) plant in Indianapolis. Indy High Btu, LLC engaged SCS Energy to build the RNG plant under an engineer/procure/construct (EPC) agreement. Indy High Btu, LLC is jointly owned by Kinetrex Energy, Southside Landfill, and EDL Energy.

The RNG plant employs an iron redox scrubber for hydrogen sulfide removal, membranes for carbon dioxide removal and pressure swing adsorption for nitrogen removal. The plant is on schedule to achieve commercial operation in February 2020.

By Global Newswire

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