Arizona regulators move to place gas infrastructure moratorium on utilities

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive. 

Arizona regulators have refused to acknowledge the 15-year Integrated Resource Plans (IRP) filed by the state's investor-owned utilities, pushing them instead to consider more renewable energy and less natural gas-fired power.

The Arizona Corporation Commission also moved to place a moratorium on new gas plants 150 MW or larger through the end of this year, requiring utilities to consider energy storage and clean energy options first.

The IRP denials come as Arizona utility regulator Andy Tobin pushes a proposal for utilities to source 80% of their electricity from renewables and nuclear by 2050 and deploy 3,000 MW of energy storage by 2030.


Anaerobic digester project being planned near Yuma, Colorado

An anaerobic digester plant that would covert animal waste into a usable energy source, among other things, is being planned for south of Yuma.

The planned location is on County Road 34, approximately one mile east of Highway 59.

Sheldon Kye Energy and Harvest Operating LLC are teaming up to develop the digester. Both companies are headquartered in the metro Denver area. Brian Johnson is heading up the project for Sheldon Kye Energy, and Alan Nackerud is the Harvest Operating representative.

By the Yuma Pioneer. 


University of New Hampshire & Waste Management Team Up to Pump Landfill Gas for Energy

The partnership between Waste Management and UNH enables UNH to heat and power 75 to 85 percent of the campus and make money selling surplus energy to the grid.

By Arlene Karidis, Waste 360.

The University of New Hampshire (UNH) has powered its Durham campus on renewable energy for years. And when it was looking to expand in the space, it just so happened to be at a time when Waste Management was trying to figure out how to manage excess gas produced at its Rochester, N.H., landfill.



Closed-Loop Waste Management & RNG Fuel System Opens in Surrey

March 9, 2018 - Surrey’s Biofuel Facility officially opened today in the Port Kells industrial area. The $68 million facility is the first fully integrated closed-loop organic waste management system in North America. The facility will convert curbside organic waste into renewable biofuel to fuel the City’s fleet of natural gas powered waste collection and service vehicles. Under this closed loop system, waste collection trucks will literally be collecting their fuel source at curbside. Excess fuel will go to the new district energy system that heats and cools Surrey’s City Centre.

“Surrey has established a new sustainability benchmark in Canada with a state of the art facility that converts organic waste into renewable energy,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “The Biofuel Facility will be instrumental in reducing community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by approximately 49,000 tonnes per year, which is the equivalent of taking over 10,000 cars off the road annually. This reduction in greenhouse gas emissions will also completely eliminate the City of Surrey’s corporate carbon footprint of 17,000 tonnes per year.”


Welch & Udall Propose Changes to RVO Process & Eventual RFS Phaseout in New Bill

By Erin Voegele, Biomass Magazine.

On March 8, Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., and Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., introduced companion bills that aim to dismantle the Renewable Fuel Standard and sunset blending obligations for conventional, advanced, cellulosic, and biomass-based diesel fuels.

The acts, titled the “Growing Renewable Energy through Existing and New Environmentally Responsible Fuels Act,” or more simply, the “GREENER Fuels Act,” would phase out the corn ethanol mandate, cap ethanol blending at 9.7 percent, create a fee of 10 cents per renewable identification number (RIN) to support an environmental initiative, and alter the cellulosic mandate. The National Corn Growers Association and several other groups are speaking out against the bill, with the NCGA noting “this legislation seeks to kill our most successful American renewable energy program.”


City of Portland and NW Natural Commemorate Opening of Natural Gas Fueling Station Linked to Upcoming RNG Project at City Wastewater Treatment Plant

Commissioner Nick Fish announces first milestone in “Poop to Power” project - opening of natural gas fueling station at wastewater treatment plant

By City of Portland, Oregon Bureau of Environmental Services.

(March 8, 2018) - Commissioner Nick Fish and the Bureau of Environmental Services today announced the opening of a natural gas fueling station at the City’s wastewater treatment plant.  The station will offer a clean-air alternative to diesel for City vehicles operating at the plant in industrial North Portland.

The natural gas fueling station is the first milestone in Environmental Services’ Renewable Natural Gas initiative, also known as the “Poop to Power” project. The station will provide fuel for the first natural gas vehicles in the City’s fleet. Initially, vehicles will fill up on natural gas from conventional sources, but once the full project is complete in 2019, the station will operate on renewable natural gas (RNG) produced as a byproduct of wastewater treatment.