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Kinetrex, WVPA Indiana RNG Facilities Underway (Ind. Report)
Kinetrix
Date: 2021-10-08
Indianapolis-based turn-key renewable natural gas (RNG) specialist Kinetrex Energy and Indiana's Wabash Valley Power Alliance (WVPA) report work is underway on the previously announced RNG projects at the Twin Bridges Landfill in Danville, the Prairie View Landfill in Wyatt, and the Liberty Landfill in Monticello, Indiana, all of which are owned by Waste Management. When fully online, the three plants will produce 3.5 billion cubic fpy of RNG. Commercial operations are expected to begin in autumn 2022, subject to pending permits and certifications.

Waste Management will operate the new RNG facilities and WVPA's generation facilities will remain in operation. The RNG generated from the facilities will be sold pursuant to long-term contracts to Kinetrex Energy's compressed RNG and liquefied RNG vehicle transportation customers located throughout the eastern US. (Source: Kintrex, PR, 4 Oct., 2021) Contact: Wabash Valley Power Alliance, www.wvpa.org; Kintrex Energy, 317-886-8179 www.kinetrexenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Kinetrix,  RNG,  


Xebec, Brightmark Ink RNG Agreement (Ind. Report)
Xebec, Brightmark
Date: 2021-10-08
Montreal-headquartered Xebec Adsorption Inc. reports the signing of the first set of task orders under the previously announced Master Service Agreement (MSA) for an initial 18 BGX-Biostream™ units with Brightmark RNG Holdings LLC -- a Brightmark and Chevron U.S.A. Inc joint venture to own project companies across the U.S. to produce and market dairy biomethane, a renewable natural gas (RNG). The 18 units are expected to be deployed across 10 dairy RNG projects in Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and South Dakota.

Biostream's containerised and modular design makes it a one-of-a-kind offering for the North American agriculture industry as farmers look to maximise revenue and gain peace of mind with the support of Xebec's local Cleantech Service Network. The 18 units are expected to be deployed across 10 dairy projects in Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, and South Dakota. (Source: Xebec Adsorption Inc., Website PR, 7 Oct., 2021) Contact: Brightmark, www.brightmark.com; Xebec Adsorption Inc. Brandon Chow, Director, Investor Relations, 450.979.8700 ext 5762, bchow@xebecinc.com, www.xebecinc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xebec news,   Brightmark news,  RNG news,  


DOE Earmarks $45Mn for Natural Gas CCS Technology (Ind. Report)
US DOE
Date: 2021-10-08
In Washington, the US DOE is reporting $45 million has been earmarked for 12 research projects to develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies for natural gas power plants and industrial facilities. The funding aims to advance point-source CCS technologies that can capture at least 95 pct of CO2 emissions generated from natural gas power (plants) and "high emissions" industrial facilities such as cement and steel.

Organizations and projects to be funded include: Sustainable Energy Solutions in Utah to process 30 tpd of CO2 to demonstrate CO2 capture of more than 95 pct of carbon in industrial or power plant exhaust; $5 million will allow a foundation at The University of Kentucky to test a CO2 capture system that treats gas from an electric arc furnace used in steel production; $1.5 million is going to General Electric's research unit in New York State to design a system to capture 95 percent of carbon from exhausted emitted by gas-fired power plants. (Source: US DOE, Urdue Point News, Oct., 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Natural Gas,  


Nacero Launches NEON™ RNG Platform (Ind. Report)
Nacero
Date: 2021-10-06
In the Lone Star State, Houston-headquartered Nacero Inc. is reporting the launch of its renewable natural gas (RNG) acquisition platform Nacero NEON™ -- a strategic growth engine for production of Nacero Green Gasoline™ an affordable net-zero carbon footprint gasoline for everyday drivers.

Nacero is currently in negotiations with dairies, landfills, and food waste facilities for production of Nacero Green Gasoline™ from its flagship Penwell, West Texas facility that is scheduled to break ground in early 2022 and commence operations in 2025.

"Methane is 80x more harmful over a 20-year period than CO2. A significant amount of global warming is caused by fugitive and flared methane from farms, landfills, and wastewater facilities but only a small amount of this resource is captured and put to beneficial use as an everyday fuel. Nacero will make a real difference by using this feedstock to make its net-zero Nacero Green GasolineTM, connecting America's RNG potential with the multi-hundred-billion-dollar per year gasoline market. The Company will prioritize a new wave of projects in key markets across Texas, the Midwest, and Southeastern United States" according to the release. (Source: Nacero, Website Release, 29 Sept., 2021) Contact: Nacero Inc., Jay McKenna, Pres., CEO, info@nacero.co, www.nacero.co

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nacero news,  RNG news,  


Enbridge, Vanguard Announce RNG Partnership (Ind. Report)
Enbridge, Vanguard Renewables
Date: 2021-10-04
Boston-based food and dairy waste-to-energy project developer Vanguard Renewables and Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge, Inc. a leading North American energy infrastructure company today announced a partnership whereby Enbridge will purchase upwards of 2 billion cubic fpy of renewable natural gas (RNG) from anaerobic digesters in which Vanguard Renewables will invest $200 million to build in the U.S. Northeast, Southeast, and Midwest. Enbridge will invest approximately $100 million in RNG upgrading equipment to convert the farm derived RNG into pipeline quality renewable natural gas and transport and market the gas to U.S. customers.

Vanguard Renewables builds, owns, and operates on-site farm anaerobic digestion facilities that process and store methane from food waste and manure into low-carbon organic fertilizer. (Source: Vanguard Renewables, Website PR, 28 Sept., 2021) Contact: Vanguard Renewables , John Hanselman, CEO, 781.371.4935, www. vanguardrenewables.com ; Enbridge, Bill Yardley, Exec. VP, Gas Transmission and Midstream, 519-619-0370 bill.yardlet@enbridge.com, www.enbridge.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vanguard Renewables,  Enbridge,  RNG,  


Nikola, OPAL Fuels Ink RNG, Hydrogen Fueling MoU (Ind. Report)
Nikola, OPAL Fuels
Date: 2021-10-01
Phoenix-headquartered zero-emissions transportation and energy infrastructure provider Nikola Corporation is reporting a MoU with renewable natural gas (RNG) and renewable fueling infrastructure for heavy-duty truck fleets specialist OPAL Fuels LLC, for development, construction, and operation of hydrogen fueling stations in North America and the use RNG in hydrogen production.

Under the agreement, the two firms intend to co-develop and co-market hydrogen refueling infrastructure to accelerate the adoption of heavy-duty zero-emission fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEV).

According to the release, their collaboration will combine Nikola's proposed FCEV bundled lease offer, which will include Nikola's FCEVs, vehicle service and maintenance and hydrogen fuel supply, with OPAL Fuels' experience in developing, constructing, and operating heavy-duty truck fueling stations to deliver a complete end-to-end solution.

OPAL Fuels has constructed more than 350 RNG fueling station projects and has over 15 years. Nikola's Tre FCEVs for the North American market are slated for a 2023 launch from the company's Coolidge, Arizona manufacturing facility, according to the release. (Source: Nikola Corp., Opal Fuels, Website PR, 30 Sept., 2021) Contact: Nikola Corp., www.nikolamotor.com; Opal Fuels, www.opalfuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nikola,  OPAL Fuels,  Hydrogen,  RNG,  


A Hydrogen Primer (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Hydrogen
Date: 2021-09-29
Procuring hydrogen requires its separation from other elements through chemical processes that require energy. These processes have varying degrees of environmental and climate impact.

Gray hydrogen is produced by reforming natural gas, a processing technique used to rearrange the molecular structure of hydrocarbons. In this process, methane is mixed with steam at a high temperature to yield hydrogen and CO2 through a catalytic chemical reaction.

Roughly 10 kg of CO2 is released into the atmosphere for every 1 kg of gray hydrogen produced, making it the least renewable form of hydrogen with an overall negative climate impact, much like drilling for oil or mining coal.

Gray hydrogen is viewed as a "bridging" energy alternative. It is relatively inexpensive and commonly used in the chemical industry to make fertilizer and for refining oil, but .

Blue Hydrogen uses the same chemical processing technique used to make gray hydrogen. The difference, however, is the management of CO2. With blue hydrogen, the CO2 is captured at the production facility and stored separately (CCS)

Blue hydrogen has a significantly lower CO2 impact on the environment than gray hydrogen, but the blue hydrogen process -- although ecologically friendly than gray hydrogen process -- does not eliminate carbon emissions into the atmosphere entirely.

The Green Hydrogen production process employs electrolysis -- the separation of hydrogen and oxygen molecules by applying electrical energy to water. Utilizing renewable energy sources to generate the electricity for this process is the key to making green hydrogen. This technique yields a closed loop of sustainable energy free of harmful emissions. (Source: JD Power, Sept., 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  Green Hydrogen,  Blue Hydrogen,  Grey Hydrogen,  


Vanguard, Enbridge Announce RNG Partnership (Ind. Report)
Vanguard Renewables, Enbridge
Date: 2021-09-29
Wellesley, Mass.-based Vanguard Renewables and Calgary-headquartered North American energy infrastructure developer Enbridge, Inc. are reporting an agreement whereby Enbridge will purchase upwards of 2 billion cubic feet per year of renewable natural gas (RNG) from the anaerobic digesters that Vanguard Renewables will invest $200 million to build in the U.S. Northeast, Southeast, and Midwest.

Enbridge will invest roughly $100 million in upgrading equipment to convert the farm derived RNG into pipeline quality RNG and provide transportation and marketing services to market that gas to U.S. customers.

Vanguard Renewables builds, owns, and operates the farm-based anaerobic digestion facilities that sequester the methane from food waste and manure, produce clean energy and low-carbon organic fertilizer, and support regenerative agriculture by returning the food nutrients back to the soil. Host farmers receive cost savings and a new income stream.

In December 2020, Vanguard launched the Farm Powered Strategic Alliance alongside food industry leaders Dairy Farmers of America, Unilever, and Starbucks. The Alliance is committed to developing a circular solution for food waste reduction, recycling, and decarbonization of the manufacturing and supply chain. (Source: Vanguard Renewables, PR, The Daily Times, 28 Sept., 2021) Contact: Vanguard Renewables, John Hanselman, Founder and CEO, 781-232-7597, www.vanguardrenewables.com; Enbridge, Leanne McNaughton, Communications, 519-619-0370 leanne.mcnaughton@enbridge.com, www.enbridge.com

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Biomethane Key in Ireland's Decarbonization (Opinions & Asides)
ERVIA
Date: 2021-09-27
"We need to stop seeing gas and electricity as separate and look at how to decarbonise the end-to-energy system, not just individual fuels. As Ireland's gas network is one of the most modern in the world, there's a ready-made solution right under our feet.

"The gas network can be repurposed to carry decarbonised gases, such as biomethane and hydrogen, at minimal cost and disruption, and in turn play a critical role in an integrated gas and electricity system to decarbonise the country's energy needs.

"(ERVIA subsidiary) GNI's vision is for Ireland to replace natural gas with renewable gases, such as biomethane and hydrogen, to substantially reduce the country's carbon emissions while complementing intermittent renewable electricity and ensuring a secure energy supply , according to ERVIA CEO Cathal Marley speaking at the 25th annual Energy Ireland conference.

Dublin-headquartered state-own national gas and water utility ERVIA, through its subsidiary Gas Networks Ireland (GNI), operates Ireland's €2.7 billion national gas network and supplies more than 30 pct of Ireland's total energy, including 40 pct of all heating and over 50 pct of the country's electric power generation. (Source: ERVIA, PR, Website, Sept. 2021) Contact: ERVIA, Cathal Marley, CEO, +44 01 823 0300, www.ervia.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  Biomether,  GHGs,  Decarbonization,  Ervia,  


ONEOK Touts 30 pct Emissions Reduction Target by 2030 (Ind. Report)
ONEOK, Inc.
Date: 2021-09-24
In Tulsa, Oklahoma, ONEOK, Inc. has announced a companywide greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction target to achieve an absolute 30 pct reduction -- 2.2 million metric tons of its combined Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 2030, compared with 2019 base-year levels. Scope 1 and 2 emissions totaled 7.2 MMT of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e).

Opportunities for reductions include the electrification of certain natural gas compression assets across ONEOK's operations, methane mitigation through best management practices and system optimizations. Additionally, ONEOK is identifying opportunities to collaborate with utilities and power generators to accelerate the availability of lower-carbon power options across the company's operations.

ONEOK, Inc. is a midstream service provider and owner of one of the nation's premier natural gas liquids (NGL) systems, connecting NGL supply in the Rocky Mountain, Mid-Continent and Permian regions with key market centers and an extensive network of natural gas gathering, processing, storage and transportation assets. (Source: ONEOK, Inc.. PR, 22 Sept., 2021) Contact: ONEOK Inc., Pierce H. Norton, CEO, Megan Patterson , 918-561-5325, www.oneok.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions news,  


MBL Bioenergy to Develop South Dakota RNG Projects (Ind. Report)
UGI Energy
Date: 2021-09-20
Wyomissing, Pennsylvania-headquartered UGI Energy Services, California Bioenergy (CalBio) and Tiburon, California-based Sevana Bioenergy are reporting their new joint venture company -- MBL Bioenergy -- will invest more than $100 million to develop RNG dairy digester projects in South Dakota.

When fully online in late 2024, the projects are expected to produce 650 million cubic feet per year of RNG for delivery to area natural gas pipelines serving the regional distribution system. UGIES' wholly-owned subsidiary GHI Energy will be the exclusive marketer for MBL Bioenergy. (Source: UGI Energy, PR, 17 Sept., 2021) Contact: UGI Energy Services, 610-373-7999, customercare@ugies.com, www.ugies.com; Sevana Bioenergy, info@sevanabioenergy.com, www.sevanabioenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News UGI Energy ,  RNG,  California Bioenergy,  Sevana Bioenergy,  


FortisBC Rebooting RNG Program on Oct. 15 (Ind. Report)
FortisBC
Date: 2021-09-17
In British Columbia, Canada, FortisBC Energy Inc. reports it will reopen its renewable natural gas (RNG) program to its natural gas customers on Oct. 15, 2021. The program was temporarily halted in 2019 when demand exceeded supply with around 10,000 customers subscribers.

FortisBC's RNG program kicked off in 2011 and was the first utility in North America to offer RNG to customers as a simple way to lower their greenhouse gas emissions. FortisBC now has 15 new RNG supply agreements approved by its regulator, the British Columbia Utilities Commission. FortisBC currently works with nine biogas producers (six in in BC and three out of province) to produce RNG. The company also aims to have contracts in place for around 24 petajoules of renewable gas by 2025, representing around 10 percent of its natural gas supply (Source: FortisBC, PR, Website, 15 Sept., 2021) Contact: FortisBC RNG, Jason Wolfe, Dir. Energy Solutions, www.fortisbc.com, www.fortisinc.com/rng

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Aemetis Biogas, PG&E Ink RNG Pipeline Agreement (Ind. Report)
Aemetis Biogas, PG&E
Date: 2021-09-17
Cupertino, California-headquartered Aemetis Inc., a renewable natural gas (RNG) and renewable fuels company focused on negative carbon intensity products, reports its subsidiary Aemetis Biogas LLC has signed the standard renewable gas interconnection agreement with San Francisco-headquartered utility Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) and funded the final $1.2 million payment for installation of PG&E's interconnection equipment to deliver renewable natural gas (RNG) into the utility gas pipeline in Q4 2021.

The PG&E RNG interconnect equipment is scheduled to be delivered to the Keyes plant and installed during the next three months. RNG produced by the Aemetis Biogas Central Diary Digester Project will be delivered into the PG&E natural gas pipeline for sale to customers throughout California as transportation fuel. (Source: Aemetis Inc. , PR, Website, 15 Sept., 2021) Contact: Aemetis, Andy Foster, (408) 213-0940, Fax: (408) 252-8044, www.aemetis.com; PG&E, www.pge.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis Biogas,  PG&E,  Biogas,  RNG ,  


Greenlane Renewables, Green Impact Partners Colorado RNG Project Underway (Ind. Report)
Greenlane Renewables,Green Impact Partners
Date: 2021-09-17
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada-headquartered Greenlane Renewables Inc. reports its wholly-owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd., has signed with Green Impact Partners, through its EPC contractor, a biogas upgrading system supply agreement for $6.1 million (US$4.8 million) for a renewable natural gas (RNG) project in Colorado.

The Colorado Project will utilize two Greenlane pressure swing adsorption (PSA) upgrading systems, one for each of the two dairy farms in the project . The project got underway in July for completion in the second half of 2022. (Source: Greenlane Renewables, Website PR, 16 Sept., 2021) Contact: Green Impact Partners, Jesse Douglas, CEO, www.greenipi.com; Greenlane Renewables, Brad Douville, Pres., CEO, (604) 259-0343, brad.dauville@greenlanerenewables.com, www.greenlanebiogas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenlane Renewables,  Green Impact Partners,  RNG,  


18MW Alberta Geothermal Project Underway (Ind. Report)
FutEra Power Corporation
Date: 2021-09-17
Calgary-based FutEra Power Corporation, a subsidy of Canadian Razor Energy, reports construction has begun on a new 18 MW geothermal and natural gas hybrid project in Swan Hills, Alberta.

The first phase of the $34 million (Cdn) geothermal project has been fully funded while the second phase, requires additional funding which FutEra is in the process of securing. With both Phase 1 and 2, the project is expected to generate 18 MW. (Source: FutEra Power Corporation, 16 Sept., 2021) Contact: FutEra Power Corporation, (587) 774-9055, www.futerapower.com

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Landfill Group, LS Power S.C, RNG Project Underway (Ind. Report)
Enerdyne,Landfill Group, LS Power, US Gain
Date: 2021-09-15
The Landfill Group and LS Power are reporting Charlotte, North Carolina-based Enerdyne Power Systems has begun construction on the Twin Chimneys Power Producers (TCPP) renewable natural gas (RNG) project at the Twin Chimneys Landfill site in Honea Path, South Carolina.

When fully operational in Q2, 2022, the project expected to initially produce roughly 1,200 MMBTU of RNG per day, growing over time to approximately 3,000 MMBTU per day. The TCPP project will be Enerdyne's second renewable energy project in Greenville County and follows the success of the Enoree Landfill project, which has been operating since 2008, according to the release. (Source: US Gain, Website News, 10 Sept., 2021) Contact: Enerdyne Power Systems, Landfill Group, 704-844-8990, www.landfillgroup.com/enerdyne

More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  


Chevron, Mercuria CNG, RNG JV Announced (Alt. Fuel Ind. Report)
Chevron, Mercuria
Date: 2021-09-13
Chevron U.S.A. Inc., a subsidiary of Chevron Corp., reports it will form a joint venture with Swiss-based multinational commodities trader Mercuria Energy Trading (Mercuria) to own and operate American Natural Gas LLC and its network of 60 compressed natural gas (CNG) stations across the US.

Chevron is building a large-scale, vertically integrated renewable natural gas (RNG) business in the US. Through its partnerships with Brightmark and California Bioenergy, Chevron is developing projects to produce RNG from dairy digesters across the country.

Chevron is aiming to open more than 30 Chevron-branded CNG stations and increase increase its RNG volumes tenfold by 2025 compared to 2020. (Source: Chevron PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: Mercuria , Brian A. Falik, CEO, www.mercuria.com; Chevron, www.chevron.com

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Calif. Fleets Increasingly Turning to NGVs (ALt. Fuel Report)
California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership
Date: 2021-09-13
In the Golden State -- where heavy-duty diesel trucks are the largest single combined source of smog-forming NOx, diesel particulate matter and other climate-altering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions -- the California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership (CNGVP) reports fleets are increasingly turning to near-zero emission (NZE) natural gas vehicles (NGVs) and carbon-negative renewable natural gas (RNG).

According to the CNGVP, investment in NZE NGVs is even more effective as fleets utilize carbon negative RNG. In Q1 2021, California Air Resources Board (CARB) Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) program revealed that the average annual carbon intensity of compressed natural gas from renewable feedstocks was -16.57gCO2e/MJ, the lowest average of any currently available vehicle fuel. This means that fleet vehicles fueled by RNG in California are helping to remove more greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere than any other alternative fuel available, and ultimately help eliminate the climate impact of these heavy-duty vehicles. (Source: California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership, PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership, Tom Swenson, Bus. Dev, Mgr Cummins, 909-396-2647, www.cngvp.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership,  CNG,  NGV,  


SoCalGas Facilities Switch to 100 pct Renewables (Ind. Report)
SoCalGas
Date: 2021-09-10
In the Golden State, Las Angeles-based Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) reports it has begun purchasing renewable electricity under Southern California Edison's (SCE) Green Rate Program everywhere the gas utility is eligible for service by SCE. Including this new arrangement, SoCalGas estimates that it will purchase nearly 53.7 million kilowatt hours of power from renewable sources each year, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 38,000 metric tpy.

This electricity is instrumental in powering a gas infrastructure that serves SoCalGas's 22 million customers today and can distribute cleaner fuels in the future. A total of 69 operating facilities, representing more than 80 pct of all electricity demand at these facilities, will now use renewable power from the electrical grid. This purchase places SoCalGas among the largest SCE renewable energy customers.

The purchase of 100 pct renewable electricity under SCE's Green Rate Program includes five Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs that SoCalGas subscribes to within the SCE territory.

In addition, SoCalGas is in the process of replacing 50 pct of its over-the-road fleet with electric, hybrid, renewable natural gas, and fuel electric vehicles by 2025 and replace its fleet with zero emissions over-the-road fleet by 2035.

SoCalGas, a subsidiary of Sempra, is committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in its operations and delivery of energy by 2045 and to replacing 20 pct of its traditional natural gas supply to core customers with renewable natural gas (RNG) by 2030. (Source: Southern California Gas Company, PR, 8 Sept., 2021) Contact: Southern California Gas Co., Jawaad Malik, VP Strategy and Sustainability,www.socalgas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SoCalGas,  Renewable Energy,  


Colorado City Fleets Switching to RNG (Ind. Report)
City of Longmont, City of Boulder
Date: 2021-09-08
In Colorado, in late 2019 the City of Longmont completed and commissioned a renewable natural gas (RNG) project at its Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF) to produce fuel for use in the City's fleet of trash trucks. Eleven of Longmont's 21 diesel collection trucks were replaced with compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks capable of using RNG fuel. The remaining diesel trucks are expected to be replaced in 2024. The Waste Services division anticipates using about 50 pct to 70 pct of the biogas produced at the WRRF.

The City of Boulder's WRRF completed its Biogas Use Enhancement Project in 2020, producing RNG from the treatment plant's biogas. The RNG is sold to Western Disposal which can fuel up to 38 trucks in it trash collection fleet. Tetra Tech provided engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services to the Boulder facility which incorporates Tetra Tech's proprietary BioCNG™ gas conditioning system.

The RNG is injected into the Public Service Company of Colorado's pipeline. Boulder also is capitalizing on the sale of RIN credits in the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) marketplace. (Source: City of Longmont, Pr, 31 Aug., 2021)Contact: City of Longmont, Longmont Utilities, (303) 776-6050, www.longmontcolorado.gov/departments/departments-n-z/utilities; Tetra Tech, www.tetratech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News City of Boulder,  City of Longmont,  RNG,  RenewableBiogas,  Natural Gas,  Tetra Tech,  


Kinder Morgan Completes $310 Mn Entry into RNG Space (M&A)
Kinder Morgan, Kintrex
Date: 2021-09-08
Houston-headquartered Kinder Morgan Inc. reports it has closed closed the $310 million acquisition of Indianapolis-based Kinetrex Energy, marking the Houston-based pipeline operator's entry into the renewable natural gas (RNG) market. Kinetrex is the leading supplier of LNG in the Midwest and a rapidly growing player in producing and supplying RNG.

The deal follows the formation in March of Kinder Morgan's Energy Transition Ventures group, which has been tasked with identifying commercial opportunities emerging from the low-carbon energy transition.

At time of closing, the Kinextrex portfolio included two small-scale, domestic LNG production and fueling facilities, a 50 pct interest in a landfill-based RNG facility in Indiana, and signed commercial agreements for three additional RNG facilities with construction to begin shortly.

As the three new RNG facilities are expected to become operational over the next 18 months. The company will continue operations as Kinetrex Energy, a Kinder Morgan company. Additionally, key members of Kinetrex's management team, including President and CEO Aaron Johnson, were expected to join Kinder Morgan as part of the acquisition. (Source: Kinder Morgan, 20 Aug., Sept., 2021) Contact: Kinder Morgan, www.kindermorgan.com; Kintrex Energy, Aaron Johnson, CEO, 317-886-8179, www.kinetrexenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Kinder Morgan,  Kintrex Energy,  RNG,  


Reliance Ind. Considers REC Solar Acquisition (M&A)
Reliance Ind., REC Solar
Date: 2021-09-03
Mumbai-based Indian industrial conglomerate Reliance Industries is reportedly planning to acquire Duke Energy Renewables subsidiary REC Solar for roughly $1 billion to $1.2 billion. Reliance is reportedly in talks with several unspecified lenders to support the transaction.

As previously reported, Reliance Industries, which focuses on the energy, petrochemical, natural gas, and other industries, plans to invest $8.1 billion over the next three years to build giga-factories for solar, green hydrogen, energy storage, electrolyzers, and fuel cells, including an integrated PV module factory in France.

REC Solar's annual production capacity stands at roughly 1.8 GW. (Source: Reliance Energy, PR, 2 Sept., 2021) Contact: Reliance Industries, www.ril.com; REC Solar, Singapre-based www.ril.com; REC Solar, Matt Walz, CEO, 805.471.0085, www.recsolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Reliance Industries,  REC Solar,  


Gevo Files for Net-Zero 1 Project Environmental Permits (Ind. Report)
Gevo, GEVO
Date: 2021-09-01
Englewood, Colorado-based Gevo, Inc. reports it has filed air quality and wastewater permit applications for its 45 million gpy Net-Zero 1 project in Lake Preston, South Dakota, with the South Dakota Department of Agriculture & Natural Resources.

According to the Gevo website, "The concept of a Net-Zero Project is to convert renewable energy (photosynthetic, wind, renewable natural gas, biogas) from a variety of sources into energy dense liquid hydrocarbons that when burned in traditional engines, have the potential to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the whole lifecycle of the liquid fuel: from the way carbon is captured from the atmosphere, processed to make liquid fuel products, and including the burning as a transportation fuel."

Net-Zero 1 is currently expected to have a capacity of 45 million gpy of hydrocarbons (for gasoline and jet fuel, based on current take-or-pay contracts), to produce more than 350,000,000 ppy of high protein feed products for use in the food chain, to produce enough renewable natural gas to be self-sufficient for the production process needs, and also to generate renewable electricity with a combined heat and power system. Net-Zero 1 is also expected to utilize wind energy. (Source: Gevo, Website PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Gevo, Dr. Chris Ryan, CEO, 303-858-8358, cryan@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

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Greenlane Claims $12.8MN in U.S. RNG Project Contracts (Ind. Report)
Greenlane Renewables
Date: 2021-09-01
In Vancouver, Greenlane Renewables Inc. is reporting its wholly-owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd., has signed a total of Cdn. $12.8 million (US$10.2 million) in contracts for renewable natural gas (RNG) projects in the U.S. One of the contracts involves the supply by Greenlane of its membrane separation biogas upgrading system for a project owned by an international energy company. This is a repeat order within eight months from the last one.

Greenlane is also announcing contracts signed for the supply of two biogas upgrading systems, one each for separate RNG dairy farm projects in Wisconsin and New York State. These two projects will each utilize Greenlane’s pressure swing adsorption (PSA) biogas upgrading system. ((Source: Greenlane Renewables, Website PR, Aug., 2021) )Contact: Greenlane Renewables, Brad Douville, Pres., CEO, (604) 259-0343, brad.dauville@greenlanerenewables.com, www.greenlanebiogas.com,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenlane Renewables,  Biogas,  RNG,  


Brightmark, Chevron Expanding Dairy RNG Projects JV (Ind. Report)
Brightmark, Chevron
Date: 2021-08-30
San Francisco-based Brightmark LLC and Chevron U.S.A. Inc. are reporting the second expansion of their previously announced joint venture -- Brightmark RNG Holdings LLC -- to own projects to produce and market dairy biomethane (RNG) across the U.S.

Brightmark RNG Holdings LLC's subsidiaries currently own RNG projects in New York, Michigan, Florida, South Dakota and Arizona. Additional joint equity investments will fund construction of infrastructure and commercial operation of 10 dairy biomethane projects, including new sites in Iowa and Wisconsin, Michigan and South Dakota. Chevron will purchase and market RNG produced from these projects for use in vehicles operating on compressed natural gas (CNG). (Source: Brightmark, Website PR, 24 Aug., 2021) Contact: Brightmark, Bob Powell, CEO, Kavitha Ramakrishnan, kavitha.ramakrishnan@brightmarkenergy.com, www.brightmarkenergy.com Chevron, www.chevron.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Brightmark,  Chevron ,  Biomethane,  RNG,  CNG,  


Ameresco Tackles Tarleton State's Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Ameresco
Date: 2021-08-27
Framingham, Mass.-based renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco, Inc. reports inking an an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, to develop an energy and water conservation project.

Planned improvements at Tarleton State include light-emitting diode (LED) lighting retrofits and replacements, water fixture improvements, occupancy and similar controls and instrumentation improvements and HVAC upgrades and replacements, all of which are expected to cut the university's electric power and natural gas consumption by 21-23 pct and water consumption by 33 pct per year.

The project is slated to be completed by June, 2022, and will be self-funded using the utility savings. (Source: Ameresco, Inc., PR, 25 Aug., 2021) Contact: Ameresco, Leila Dillon, 508-661-2264, www.ameresco.com/energy-efficiency; Tarleton State University, 254-968-9000, www.tarleton.edu

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CenterPoint Energy Seeks Solar Energy PPA Approvals (Ind. Report)
CenterPoint Energy,Origis Energy
Date: 2021-08-27
Evansville, Indiana-headquartered CenterPoint Energy reports its electric and natural gas business, CenterPoint Energy Indiana South, has filed a request for approval from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) to enter into two PPAs for an additional 335 MW of solar energy as part of the company's long-term electric generation transition to renewable energy plan.

The company is seeking IURC approval to purchase 185 MWs of solar power, under a 15-year PPA, from Oriden, which is developing a solar project in Vermillion County, Ind., and 150 MWs of solar power, under a 20-year PPA, from Origis Energy, which is developing a solar project in Knox County, Ind. Subject to necessary approvals, both solar arrays are expected to be in service by 2023. The total 335 MWs from these developments is expected to supply sufficient power for more than 70,000 homes or 12,000 commercial customers per year. (Source: CenterPoint Energy, PR, Website, 25 Aug., 2021)Contact: CenterPoint Energy, Steve Greenley, Senior VP, Generation Del., www.centerpointenergy.com

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Imperial Planning Alberta Renewable Diesel Production (Ind. Report)
Imperial Oil
Date: 2021-08-27
Imperial Oil reports it plan to build a 1 billion lpy renewable diesel (RD) from locally sourced and grown feedstocks, manufacturing facility at its Strathcona refinery near Edmonton, Alberta. RD production will source blue hydrogen -- produced from natural gas with CCS -- to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions relative to conventional hydrogen. The blue hydrogen and bio-feedstock will be combined with a proprietary catalyst to produce premium low-carbon diesel fuel..

A final investment decision will be subject to government support and approvals, market conditions, economic competitiveness and other considerations, Imperial noted. Subject to final investment decision, the facility could start production in 2024 (Source: Imperial Oil, PR, 25 Aug., 2021) Contact: Imperial Oil, Brad Corson, Pres., CEO, www.imperialoil.ca

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Kinder Morgan Nails Kintrex Energy Acquisition (M&A, Ind. Report)
Kinder Morgan, Kintrex Energy
Date: 2021-08-25
Houston-headquartered Kinder Morgan, Inc. is reporting closure on its previously announced $310 million acquisition of Indianapolis-based LNG specialist Kinetrex Energy. The deal includes two small-scale, domestic LNG production and fueling facilities, a 50 pct interest in a landfill-based renewable natural gas (RNG) facility in Indiana, along with signed commercial agreements for three additional RNG facilities with construction to begin shortly.

Kinetrex supplies liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the Midwest and is a rapidly growing player in producing and supplying RNG under long-term contracts to transportation service providers. The company will continue operations as Kinetrex Energy. (Source: Kinder Morgan, PR, 20 Aug., 2021) Contact: Kinder Morgan, www.kindermorgan.com; Kintrex Energy, Aaron Johnson, CEO, 317-886-8179, www.kinetrexenergy.com

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NGVAmerica Pledges Carbon Negative Fuels by 2050 (Ind. Report)
NGVAmerica
Date: 2021-08-23
In Washington, DC, NGVAmerica, the national organization representing the natural gas in transportation industry, reports that in 2020 renewable natural gas (RNG) from landfills, wastewater treatment plants, commercial food waste facilities, and agricultural digesters displaced fossil fuel derived conventional natural gas as the dominant on-road NGV fuel source nationwide. Moreover, the carbon intensity of RNG biofuel continues to drop. California fleets that fueled with bio-CNG in 2020 achieved carbon negativity for the year, with an annual average carbon intensity score of -5.845 gCO2e/MJ. Latest data puts the carbon intensity of bio-CNG in California's system at -16.57 gCO2e/MJ (Q1, 2021).

NGVAmerica has commited to:

  • Further accelerate the use of ultra-low to negative carbon natural gas in our fleets and as part of the supply provided to our transportation customers, marking 80 pct by 2030 and 100 pct by 2050;

  • Support the procurement of natural gas from energy production and distribution companies that undertake responsible best practices to effectively minimize fugitive methane emissions and flaring; and

  • Support continued advancements in the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel by working with other stakeholders including government authorities to improve the efficiency of future natural gas engine technology and further control emissions from natural gas engines.

    There are currently 190 RNG production facilities in operation in North America with an additional 232 facilities under construction or under substantial development (e.g., permitting).

    NGVAmerica is a national organization of roughly 200 companies, environmental groups, and government organizations dedicated to the development of a growing, profitable, and sustainable market for vehicles powered by natural gas or biomethane. NGVAmerica member companies produce, distribute, and market natural gas and biomethane across North America, manufacture and service natural gas vehicles, engines, and equipment, and operate fleets powered by clean-burning gaseous fuels. (Source: NGV America, PR, 17 Aug., 2021) Contact: NGV America, Dan Gage, Pres., (202) 824-7360, www.ngvamerica.org

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  • FortisBC RNG Program Celebrates First Decade (Ind. Report)
    FortisBC Energy
    Date: 2021-08-23
    Surrey, British Columbia-based utility FortisBC Energy Inc. is reporting the 10th anniversary of its Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) program. Fortis BC was the first utility in North America to offer RNG to its customers and is focused on growing RNG supply and advancing a number of projects and agreements to meet the growing demand for renewable energy, according to the company release.

    "Increasing the amount of RNG in the natural gas system is an important part of FortisBC's "30BY30" target, an ambitious goal to reduce customers' greenhouse gas emissions 30 pct by 2030. Within this target, FortisBC has committed to making 15 per cent of all gas in its system carbon neutral by 2030 -- aligning with the provincial government's CleanBC strategy," according to the company press release. (Source: FortisBC, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: FortisBC, Jason Wolfe, Dir. Energy Solutions, www.fortisbc.com, www.fortisinc.com/rng

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    Aemetis CCS Plan Feasibility Confirmed (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2021-08-20
    A new carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) study by Baker Hughes, commissioned by renewable natural gas (RNG) and renewable fuels specialist Aemetis subsidiary Aemetis Carbon Capture has concluded that more than 2 million metric tpy of CO2 can be removed from the atmosphere and safely stored the earth at two Aemetis ethanol plant sites in California.

    The Baker Hughes study estimated that 1.0 million mtpy CO2 can be sequestered in the saline formations located deep underground at or near the Aemetis Keyes ethanol plant site. The study also noted that up to 1.4 million mtpy of CO2 should be injectable at or near the Aemetis Riverbank site. Once complete, the Aemetis Carbon Capture CCS project is expected to capture and sequester more than 2 million mtpy of CO2 at the two Aemetis biofuels plant sites in Keyes and Riverbank, California. Each MT of CO2 is planned to generate approximately $200 per MT from the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard and $50 per MT of IRS 45Q tax credit. Legislation is pending in Congress to increase the federal tax credit to $80 per MT of CO2 and to provide billions of dollars of grants and loans to finance CCS projects in the U.S., according to the release. (Source: Aemetis, PR, 18 Aug, 2021) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO, (408) 213-0940, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

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    TC Energy, Irving Oil Ink Decarbonixation MoU (Ind. Report)
    TC Energy, Irving Oil
    Date: 2021-08-20
    Calgary, Alberta-based natural gas-focused midstream energy service provider TC Energy and New Brunswick, Canada-headquartered petroleum refiner Irving Oil are reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore the development of clean energy projects in Atlantic Canada' The two firms will focus on decarbonizing existing assets and implementing technologies to reduce emissions, including at the 2004-vintage Grandview Cogeneration facility, a 90-MW low-carbon power plant at Irving Oil's 320,000 bpd Saint John refinery -- the largest in Canada.

    The partnership will also consider medium and long-term opportunities that support the decarbonization of local industry through the production and delivery of low-emission hydrogen along with a carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) network.

    The scope, time limits and cost estimates of the joint initiatives will be determined by feasibility studies and outstanding regulatory procedures. (Source: TC Energy, Irving Oil, Zacks, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: TC Energy, 403-920-2000, www.tcenergy.com; Irving Oil, www.irvingoil.com/en-CA/discover-irving/contact-us

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    Aemetis Names Biogas Pipeline Construction Contractor (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2021-08-17
    Cupertino, California-headquartered renewable natural gas (RNG) and renewable fuels specialist Aemetis, Inc.reports it has awarded a construction services contract to Machado & Sons Construction Inc. to construct the Company’s 32-mile biogas pipeline extension connecting multiple dairy anaerobic digesters throughout Stanislaus and Merced Counties in California.

    The pipeline is part of the Aemetis Biogas Central Dairy Digester Project which is developing a network of lagoon digesters connected via a biogas pipeline to produce renewable natural gas (RNG).

    The pipeline will transport the renewable biogas from the dairies to the Aemetis biogas upgrading facility at the Aemetis ethanol production plant in Keyes, California, where the biogas will be transformed into commercial-grade RNG for use as a carbon-negative “drop in” transportation fuel.

    The planned 52 dairies in the Aemetis biogas project are expected to capture more than 1.4 million MMBtu of dairy methane and reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to an estimated 5.2 million metric tonnes of CO2 each year. The captured methane will be transformed to carbon-negative transportation fuel to displace petroleum-based diesel throughout the State of California. The 5.2 million metric tonnes of annual CO2 emissions reduction from the Aemetis Biogas project is estimated to reduce CO2 emissions equivalent to removing 1.1 million cars from the road.

    . Aemetis Carbon Zero products include zero carbon fuels that can “drop in” to be used in airplane, truck, and ship fleets. Aemetis low-carbon fuels have substantially reduced carbon intensity compared to standard petroleum fossil-based fuels across their lifecycle. (Source: Aemetis, Website PR, 13 Aug., 2021) Contact: Aemetis, Andy Foster, Phone: (408) 213-0940, Fax: (408) 252-8044, www.aemetis.com

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    Ohio State Plans $44Mn in Energy Efficiency Projects (Ind. Report)
    Ohio State University
    Date: 2021-08-16
    In Columbus, The Ohio State University reports it plans to start work on more than $44 million in energy system improvements. The project, which will upgrade 40 of the Ohio State Campuses 100 or more academic, administration, medical, athletic and student residence buildings, is pending approval by the Board of Trustees this week. This will be the fourth of five phases of energy efficiency measures that are part of the Ohio State Energy Partners (OSEP) program.

    The projects, which are guided by building-specific energy audits performed in 2020 include: changing heating and cooling elements in campus buildings; optimizing air-handling and airflow; and upgrading fans and pumps for optimally efficient circulation, and others, all of which are expected to reduce annual energy consumption for the optimized buildings by an average of more than 25 pct when completed.

    To date, Ohio State Energy Partners has:

  • Converted a total of 107,000 indoor light fixtures and 1,700 outdoor light fixtures to energy-efficient LED technology over the past two years.

  • Completed the deployment of smart energy meters on campus -- now totaling more than 750 electricity, natural gas, steam and chilled water meters -- which are linked to a custom-built Digital Platform that allows ENGIE and Ohio State to monitor the utility system infrastructure and campus-wide energy consumption.

  • Completed infrastructure improvements to support utility systems for facilities around the "Oval" within the Arts District and for health sciences facilities. (Source: The Ohio State University, Ohio State News, 16 Aug., 2021) Contact: The Ohio State University, www.osu.edu

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  • Blue Hydrogen Found Worse for Climate than Fossil Fuels (Alt. Fuel)
    Cornell
    Date: 2021-08-16
    Blue hydrogen, an energy source that involves obtaining hydrogen by using methane in natural gas, is usually described as a "low-carbon option for generating electricity, powering vehicles, and even heating buildings." But researchers from Stanford and Cornell universities found that blue hydrogen's carbon footprint is more than 20 pct greater than that generated by natural gas or coal and around 60 pct higher than burning diesel oil for heat and causes more harm to the climate than conventional fossil fuels

    "Blue hydrogen provides no benefit. We suggest that blue hydrogen is best viewed as a distraction, something than may delay needed action to truly decarbonize the global energy economy, in the same way that has been described for shale gas as a bridge fuel and for carbon capture and storage (CCS) in general."

    "In the past, no effort was made to capture the carbon dioxide byproduct of gray hydrogen, and the greenhouse gas emissions have been huge. Now the industry promotes blue hydrogen as a solution, an approach that still uses the methane from natural gas, while attempting to capture the byproduct CO2", study co-author Robert Howarth noted.

    The vast majority of hydrogen (96 pct) is generated from fossil fuels, particularly from steam methane reforming (SMR) of natural gas, but also from coal gasification. In SMR, heat, and pressure are used to convert the methane in natural gas to hydrogen and carbon dioxide. The hydrogen so produced is often referred to as "gray hydrogen" -- this type is responsible for 6 pct of all-natural gas consumption globally, the study notes.

    Blue hydrogen is produced using the same reforming process that is used to create other types of hydrogen, but the CO2 that would ordinarily be released is captured and stored underground. As of 2021, there were only two blue-hydrogen facilities globally that used natural gas to produce hydrogen on a commercial scale, according to the study.

    The full study is available HERE. (Source: Cornell University, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Cornell University, Robert Howarth, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, (607) 255-6175, howarth@cornell.edu, www.eeb.cornell.edu/howarth

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    Ottawa Launches Canada Clean Fuels Fund (Ind. Report)
    Natural Resource Canada
    Date: 2021-08-13
    As previously reported, Natural Resource Canada (NRCAN) has announced the Canada Clean Fuels Fund noting "Canada's clean fuels industry must immediately, and significantly, increase its current capacity to play the critical role needed in our net-zero future. To do this, it will be essential to overcome the barrier of the upfront capital cost that private sector investment faces in the build-out of new clean fuels production capacity."

    To that end, the Clean Fuels Fund will offer cost-shared, conditionally repayable private sector funding for new construction, retrofit or expansion of existing, clean fuel production facilities in Canada.

    Funding program benefits will:

  • grow the domestic production capacity for clean fuels-- clean hydrogen, advanced biofuels, renewable natural gas, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) -- across Canada;

  • offer new opportunities for Canada's energy sector in the transition to producing cleaner sources of energy;

  • support Canada's efforts to reach net-zero by 2050and position Canada globally to reap economic, environmental, and social benefits of transition to clean energy.

    Download Canada Clean Fuels Fund details HERE. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, PR, Canada Clean Fuels Fund, www.nrcan.gc.ca

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  • Gevo NW Iowa to Sell RNG to bp (Ind. Report)
    Gevo, GEVO, bp
    Date: 2021-08-11
    Further to our 3rd May coverage, Englewood, Colorado-based Gevo Inc. reports its wholly-owned dairy manure-based renewable natural gas (RNG) project company -- Gevo NW Iowa RNG, LLC (NW Iowa RNG) has inked agreements with BP Canada Energy Marketing Corp. and BP Products North America Inc. for the sale of NW Iowa RNG's production.

    The NW Iowa RNG project, which is currently under construction for production early nest year, is slated to produce roughly 355,000 MMBtu of RNG per year for sale into the California market under dispensing agreements bp has in place with Clean Energy Fuels Corp., the largest fueling infrastructure in the US for RNG. (Source: Gevo, PR, Website, 10 Aug., 2021) Contact: GEVO Inc., Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com; Clean Energy Fuels, Andrew J. Littlefair, Pres., CEO, Raleigh Gerber, 949-437-1397, raleigh.gerber@cleanenergyfuels.com, www.cleanenergyfuels.com

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    Tallgrass Takes Majority Stake in Hydrogen-to-Power Project (M&A)
    Tallgrass Energy, H2 Power
    Date: 2021-08-11
    Laewood, Kansas-based Tallgrass Energy LP is reported to have taken a 75 pct majority stake in Escalante H2 Power -- a first-of-its-kind hydrogen-to-power project at a retired 253-MW coal-fired power plant near Prewitt, New Mexico. Texas-based fuel processing, conversion and purification company Newpoint Gas will retain a 25 pct stake in the partnership, which licensed its zero-emission technology that converts natural gas into hydrogen for the project.

    The project, which is expected to cost $250 million, includes construction of a net-zero emissions hydrogen purification plant that will produce commercial-scale fresh water,and an underground carbon dioxide sequestration facility. (Source: H2 Power, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Tallgrass Energy LP, William Moler, CEO, (913) 928-6060 www.tallgrassenergy.com; H2 Power LLC, www.linkedin.com › company › h2powerllc

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    OPAL Fuels Investing in Indiana RNG Facility (Ind. Report)
    OPAL Fuels, Fortistar,Bio Town Biogas
    Date: 2021-08-11
    Fortistar portfolio company OPAL Fuels LLC, the leader in developing and marketing renewable natural gas (RNG) fuel, is reporting an investment in Reynolds, Indian-based Bio Town Biogas, an environmentally-friendly RNG production facility.

    The project incorporates a large-scale dairy digester that will produce about 1,000 MMBTUs of fuel per day -- the equivalent of 28.5 million gpy of RNG with net zero emissions -- sufficient to allow roughly 2,400 heavy-duty trucks to achieve carbon neutral emissions in their operations. All told, this project will keep over 43,000 tpy of CO2e emissions while helping trucking companies save about $5.8 million per year in fuel costs compared to diesel, according to the release. (Source: OPAL Fuels, PR, 10 Aug., 2021) Contact: OPAL Fuels LLC, Jon Maurer, Co-CEO , www.opalfuels.com; Bio Town Biogas, www. biotownag.com

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    Greenlane Inks Biogas Upgrading System Contracts for US RNG Projects (Ind. Report)
    Greenlane Renewables
    Date: 2021-08-11
    Vancouver, British Columbia-headquartered Greenlane Renewables Inc. is reporting its wholly-owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd., has signed a total of $12.8 million (US$10.2 million) in contracts for renewable natural gas (RNG) projects in the U.S.

    One of the contracts, a repeat order, involves the supply by Greenlane of its membrane separation biogas upgrading system for a project owned by an international energy company. Greenlane is also announcing signed contracts for the supply of two biogas upgrading systems, one each for separate RNG dairy farm projects in Wisconsin and New York developed and owned by a proven leader in the waste-to-energy industry in the U.S. These two projects will each utilize Greenlane's pressure swing adsorption (PSA) biogas upgrading system. The identification of both project owners has been withheld at this time. Order fulfillment by Greenlane will start immediately on all three contracts. (Source: Greenlane Renewables, PR, 10 Aug., 2021)Contact: Greenlane Renewables, Brad Douville, President & CEO, (604) 259-0343, brad.dauville@greenlanerenewables.com, www.greenlanebiogas.com, www.greenlanerenewables.com

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    Hamilton RNG, Synthica Energy Ink RNG Agreement (Ind. Report)
    UGI Corporation, Synthica Energy
    Date: 2021-08-09
    In Wyomissing Pennsylvania , Hamilton RNG Holdings, LLC is reporting definitive agreements to develop innovative food waste digester projects to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) in Ohio and Kentucky. Hamilton RNG is a joint venture owned by a subsidiary of UGI Energy Services, a subsidiary of UGI Corporation and Blue Ash, Ohio-based Synthica Energy, LLC .

    Hamilton's first project is being developed in St Bernard, Ohio, near Cincinnati. The project's digester is expected to be completed in the first half of 2023 and will process around 190,000 tpy of locally sourced food waste to generate approximately 250,000 MMBtus per year of pipeline-quality RNG to be injected into a local natural gas pipeline on the regional distribution system. Hamilton RNG is also developing other digester projects in Ohio and Kentucky.

    GHI Energy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of UGI, will be the exclusive off-taker and marketer of RNG for Hamilton RNG.

    Synthica Energy specializes in the development of environmentally friendly, clean, and low-odor anaerobic digesters using industrial food wastes and byproducts. (Source: UGI, Website PR, 4 Aug., 2021) Contact: Hamilton RNG, UGI Energy Services, Robert Beard, VP Natural Gas, 610-373-7999, www.ugies.com; Synthica, Energy LLC, 513-268-6688, www.synthica.com

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    GreenGas USA, Duke Univ. Ink RNG Supply Agreement (Ind. Report)
    GreenGas USA, Duke University,
    Date: 2021-08-09
    As previously reported in July, Durham, North Carolina's Duke University inked a 20-year agreement to purchase 95,000 MMBtus of renewable natural gas (RNG) from Charleston, South Carolina-based GreenGasUSA, which captures wastewater methane to upgrade into RNG.

    The GreenGas project will supply RNG from biomethane currently being off-gassed from roughly 700 million ppy of vegetable food processing wastewater holding ponds at McCall Farms in Effingham, South Carolina. Duke University will use the RNG in its on campus steam plants to replace about 6 pct of the fossil natural gas currently being combusted.

    Duke has pledge net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2024. (Source: Duke University, PR, Biocycle, 3 Aug., 2021) Contact: Duke University, Tanja Vujic, WasteNot Strategies, LLC Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative, www.duke.edu; GreenGasUSA, Marc Fetten, 412-726-3331, marc.fetten@greengasusa.com, www.greengasusa.com

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    Brazil Aims for 30 pct Renewable Fuels by 2030 (Int'l. Report)
    Brazil
    Date: 2021-08-06
    In Brazilia, Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) Secretary of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels, Jose Mauro Coelho, reports the country's Fuel of the Future program, launched in April this year, aims to increase the share of renewable and low-emission fuels in Brazil's energy matrix.

    Brazil's energy and transportation matrix is one of the cleanest in the world, according to Secretary Mauro Coelho. Presently roughly 25 pct of the country's fuel is from renewable sources, and the goal is to reach 30 pct by 2030 . (Source: Brazil Ministry of Mines and Energy , Rio Times, 4 Aug., 2021) Contact: Brazil Ministry of Mines and Energy, www.devex.com/organizations/ministry-of-mines-and-energy-ministerio-de-minas-e-energia-brazil-143187

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    Oregon Rules to Limit Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Reg. & Leg.)
    Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
    Date: 2021-08-06
    The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has released draft rules aimed at dramatically reducing Oregon's greenhouse gas emissions over the coming years and decades.

    The rules, which require approval by the Environmental Quality Commission, would establish enforceable limits on greenhouse gas emissions caused by the use of gasoline, diesel, natural gas, heating oil, propane and other fuels used in homes, cars and businesses. Those limits would be lowered every year, reaching an 80 pct reduction by 2050. Emissions from the generation of electricity used in Oregon are being reduced through a separate program, recently approved by the Oregon legislature and signed by Governor Brown last week.

    DEQ's Climate Protection Program focuses squarely on fossil fuels and on how Oregon communities and businesses can shift over time to cleaner forms of energy. Under the proposed rules, DEQ will set limits on companies supplying most of the fossil fuels used in Oregon.

    A key part of the Climate Protection Program is helping vulnerable communities move to cleaner energy more rapidly. The proposed rules would allow regulated fuel suppliers to meet part of their emission reductions by supporting projects to accelerate affordable clean energy alternatives to gasoline, diesel, natural gas and other fossil fuels and make them available in rural, low-income and communities of color throughout Oregon.

    Modeling conducted as part of the rule-making process shows that the program will significantly reduce emissions without disrupting the state's economy. The public has 60 days to comment on the draft rules. DEQ will review comments and further refine the proposal before bringing it to the Environmental Quality Commission for their consideration late this year.

    Download Greenhouse Gas Emissions Program 2021 details HERE. (Source: Oregon DEQ, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Oregon DEQ, Harry Esteve, 503-951-3856, harry.esteve@deq.state.or.us, www.deq.state.or.us

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    Vanguard Renewables VT Biogas- RNG Facility Open (Ind. Report)
    Vanguard Renewables
    Date: 2021-08-02
    Wellesley, Mass.-based Vanguard Renewables reports the opening of an anaerobic digestion facility designed to recycle roughly 180 tpd of locally sourced food and beverage waste with 100 tpd of cow manure from a 900-cow dairy farm in Salisbury, Vermont.

    The project's biogas is upgraded to renewable natural gas (RNG) and injected into the Vermont Gas (VGS) pipeline. Middlebury College in nearby Middlebury, Vermont, will purchase roughly 55 pct of the RNG produced annually from the project, supplying about one-third of the energy that Middlebury uses for heating and cooling. (Source: BioCycle, Vanguard Renewables, 27 July, 2021) Contact: Vanguard Renewables, 781-232-7597, www. vanguardrenewables.com

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    Renewables Second-Place U.S. Power Producer in 2020 (Ind. Report)
    U.S. EIA
    Date: 2021-07-30
    According the US Energy Information Agency (EIA), renewable energy sources (wind, hydroelectric, solar, biomass, and geothermal) generated a record 834 billion kWh of electricity, or about 21 pct of all the electricity generated in the United States in 2020. Only natural gas produced more electricity than renewables which surpassed both nuclear and coal for the first time on record, due primarily to significantly less coal use in U.S. electricity generation and steadily increased use of wind and solar.

    In 2020, U.S. electricity generation from coal in all sectors declined 20 pct from 2019, while renewables, including small-scale solar, increased 9 pct. Wind, currently the most prevalent source of renewable electricity in the U.S., grew 14 pct in 2020 from 2019. Utility-scale solar generation increased 26 pct , and small-scale solar grew 19 pct. (Source: US EIA, PR, 28 July, 2021) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

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    PowerTap Takes Stake in Green Hydrogen Tech. AES-100 (M&A)
    PowerTap Hydrogen Capital
    Date: 2021-07-28
    PowerTap Hydrogen Capital Corp. reports it has acquired 49 pct of AES-100 Inc. -- the owner of exclusive rights and all intellectual property pertaining to the Advanced Electrolyzer System (AES), a novel electrochemical technology that selectively recovers high purity hydrogen from dilute syngas streams.

    The technology was invented by Burbank, California-based clean technology specialist T2M Global to address the problem of hydrogen trapped in dilute syngas streams that is wasted on low-value applications. The ability to economically extract high purity, clean hydrogen from gas streams commonly produced by carbon-intensive processes and containing contaminates such as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide or methane, presents great potential to drive lower emissions footprints for many industrial processes, while unlocking more hydrogen to fuel a cleaner global energy system, according to the release.

    The parties expect considerable synergy between the AES and PowerTap Hydrogen Fueling's SMR technology with the AES complementing it via provision of syngas to PowerTap's SMR. This will essentially broaden the pool of feedstock required to produce hydrogen to include biomass in addition to natural gas/renewable natural gas. (Source: PowerTap Hydrogen Capital Corp., PR, Newswire, 27 July, 2021) Contact: T2M Global, Pinakin Patel, CEO, 203-616-5514, bpatel@t2mglobal.com, www.t2mglobal.com; PowerTap Hydrogen Capital Corp., Raghu Kilambi, CEO, www.powertapcapital.com; AES-100 Inc., www.aes.com

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    B.C. Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy Funded (Ind. Report)
    Government of British Columbia
    Date: 2021-07-26
    In Victoria, the Government of British Columbia reports it and Shell Canada are each committing $35 million funding toward the new B.C. Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy and are collaborating to decarbonize the economy and scale up clean energy. The Government of Canada has committed up to $35 million for the Centre's projects. The funding is expected to leverage additional public and private-sector investments and participation.

    The Centre will bring together innovators, industry, governments and academics to accelerate the commercialization and scale-up of B.C.-based clean-energy technologies. It will also be a catalyst for new partnerships and world-leading innovation to deliver near- and longer-term carbon emission reductions, according to the release.

    The Centre, which is scheduled to launch this fall, will initially focus on: carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS); the production, use and distribution of low-carbon hydrogen; biofuels and synthetic fuels (including marine and aviation fuels --SAF); renewable natural gas; battery technology, storage and energy management systems; and initiate new technology pathways to accelerate larger reductions on the path to net-zero emissions by 2050.

    The Centre will be established as an independent member-based, non-profit corporation to attract a wide range of companies and partners focused on low-carbon innovation and scaling up B.C.-based clean-energy technology. (Source: BC Government PR, 16 July, 2021) Contact: Gov. BC, www.gov.bc.ca

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    Toronto Creating RNG From Green Bin Organic Waste (Ind. Report)
    Toronto, Enbridge Gas
    Date: 2021-07-26
    In Ontario, the City of Toronto Solid Waste Management Services Division reports it has installed infrastructure at the Dufferin Solid Waste Management Facility that will allow it to create renewable natural gas (RNG) from Green Bin organics. The new equipment is designed and constructed and will be operated and maintained by Enbridge Gas Inc. The city will turn the raw biogas produced from processing Green Bin organics into RNG and inject it into the natural gas (NG) grid for City use.

    The City has also identified potential landfill biogas opportunities at three other City waste facilities. All four sites combined would have the potential to produce sufficient gas to meet the City's entire natural gas needs annually (excluding City Agency, Boards and Commissions).

    The City of 2.9 million residents currently consumes 50 million cubic metres of NG annually, and the City's Agencies, Boards and Commissions (ABCs) consume an additional 60 million cubic metres of NG annually, for a combined total consumption of 110 million cubic metres annually. Incorporating RNG into the mix will allow the City to create a low-carbon fuel blend that will be used to fuel City vehicles and heat City facilities. (Source: City of Toronto, PR, 29 July, 2021) Contact: City of Toronto Solid Waste Management Services Division , Matt Keliher, Dir., 416-392-2489, www.toronto.ca/city-government/accountability-operations-customer-service/city-administration/staff-directory-divisions-and-customer-service/solid-waste-management-services; Enbridge Gas Inc., www.enbridgegas.com

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