North Carolina pork industry appeals order suspending new biogas projects

The North Carolina Pork Council and other critics say ruling will sideline the state’s renewable natural gas industry.

A North Carolina project harnessing gas from hog manure for use in a Duke Energy power plant was billed as a breakthrough when it came online in March.

Now, supporters of the state’s fledgling biogas industry fear an order from state regulators will make the Duplin County venture a one-off.

The ruling suspends new renewable natural gas projects, which purify methane captured from waste and inject it into pipelines, where it’s blended with conventional gas and burned to generate power.

By Elizabeth Ouzts, Energy News Network.