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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,  


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,  


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

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


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

More Low-Carbon Energy News FortisBC ,  RNG,  


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,  


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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Chevron,  Mercuria,  CNG,  RNG,  


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,  


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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gevo,  GEVO,  


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,  


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

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


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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NGVAmerica,  NGV,  RNG,  Alternative Fuel,  Low-Carbon Fuel,  


  • 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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News FortisBC Energy,  RNG,  


    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  CCS,  RNG,  


    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis news,  RNG news,  Biogas news,  Anaerobic Digestion news,  


    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resource Canada,  Clean Fuel,  


  • 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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    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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    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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    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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    CIM Group Investing in RNG Developer (Ind. Report)
    MAS Energy
    Date: 2021-07-26
    Los Angeles-based realestate developer CIM Group Inc. reports it will invest in Atlanta-headquartered MAS CanAm, an affiliate of Atlanta-based MAS Energy, owner, developer, and operator of North American renewable natural gas (RNG) production assets and biogas-to- power facilities. MAS Energy he been involved in 21 biomethane-to-energy projects since 2008

    CIM Group and CanAm will look to partner on investments in future RNG projects . CanAm's current operating portfolio consists of three facilities, including a 5,100 scfm RNG production facility at the City of Arlington Landfill. (Source: CIM Group. PR, BIC Mag., 21 July, 2021) Contact: CIM Group, www.cimgroup.com; MAS Energy , 404 474 0744, info@mas-energy.com, www.mas-energy.com

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    Nicor's Illinois RNG Pilot Gets the Nod (Ind. Report)
    Nicor Gas
    Date: 2021-07-21
    Naperville, Illinois-headquartered Nicor Gas is reporting it Renewable Gas Interconnection Pilot has been approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC), paving the way for new renewable natural gas (RNG) facilities to be interconnected.

    With the project, Nicor Gas hopes to determine how RNG could be efficiently integrated into its natural gas distribution system at large and fill out its offerings with cleaner, reliable fuel.

    The project will be promoted with an investment cap of $16 million, setting a tariff for the distribution system to interconnect renewable fuel production systems, theoretically allowing Nicor to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its distribution system and create economic benefits for the region, including $78 million in total economic output over a project's 20-year lifespan -- the amount predicted for a single RNG project -- according to the release. (Source: Nicor Gas, PR, 19 July, 2021) Contact: Nicor Gas, John Hudson III, Pres., CEO, www.nicorgas.com

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    Kinder Morgan Acquiring LNG Supplier Kinetrex Energy (M&A)
    Kinder Morgan, Kinetrex
    Date: 2021-07-19
    Houston, Texas-headquartered Kinder Morgan Inc. reports it is purchasing Indianapolis-based LNG supplier Kinetrex Energy for $310 million. Kintrex has two small-scale domestic LNG production and fueling facilities and holds a 50 pct stake in a landfill renewable natural gas (RNG) facility with three more RNG facilities in development. When fully operational the four sites will produce more than 4 billion cubic feet of RNG per year and capture the methane produced from the decomposition of organic waste.

    Kinder Morgan is also looking at opportunities in carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) renewable natural gas capture, hydrogen production, renewable power generation, electric transmission, and renewable diesel production. The company is also spending $60 million to build new renewable diesel hubs in Northern and Southern California and has terminals and pipelines capable of blending, storing, and exporting ethanol and other biofuels while evaluating multiple opportunities to establish new hubs to handle those products.(Source: KinderMorgan, PR, 14 July, 2021) Contact: Kinetrex Energy, 317-886-8179. ; Kinder Morgan, (713) 369-9000, www.kindermorgan.com

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    Ameresco, Republic Services TX RNG Plant Online (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco,Republic Services
    Date: 2021-07-19
    Framingham, Mass.-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. reports its landfill gas to renewable natural gas (RNG) plant at Republic Services' McCarty Road Landfill in Houston, Texas, is now fully operational. The facility has a gross nameplate in excess of 1.1 million Dekatherms per year and is capable of processing 4,500 scfm of raw landfill gas.

    The fully operational project will result in a reduction of more than 61,000 tons of CO2 -- equivalent to removing 103,000 passenger cars removed from the roads or 146,000 acres of pine forest conserved every year over the project life. (Source: Ameresco, Website PR, 15 July, 2021) Contact: Ameresco: Leila Dillon, 508.661.2264, www.ameresco.com; Republic Services: Deirdre Edgar, 480.757.9770, www.republicservices.com

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    Avolta Breaks Ground on Arizona RNG Projects (Ind. Report)
    Avolta
    Date: 2021-07-16
    Charleston, West Virginia-headquartered Avolta Development , a renewable energy company focused on originating, developing, owning, and operating renewable natural gas (RNG) projects, and its regional development partner Atlas Global Holdings LLC, report the groundbreaking of the first of two RNG Projects at the Butterfield and Milky Way dairies outside of Phoenix, Arizona.

    Collectively, Butterfield and Milky Way dairies care for more than 50,000 cows and the projects will generate over 675,000 MMBtu of RNG annually which will ultimately be distributed as renewable transportation fuel. The two projects are scheduled to begin delivering gas into a Southwest Gas Pipeline at the end of 4Q 2021 and 1Q 2022, respectively. Both facilities will be operated and maintained by gas technology firm Nacelle Solutions. (Source: Avolta Development, Website, PR, 7 July, 2021) Contact: Avolta Development, 855.622.3553, info@avoltadevelopment.com, www.avoltadevelopment.com

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    Opal Fuels Announces RNG Fuel Supply Contracts (Ind. Report)
    Opal Fuels
    Date: 2021-07-14
    Opal Fuels LLC, a producer and distributor of renewable natural gas (RNG) for heavy-duty truck fleets, reports it has contracted with Contract Transport Services to sell 15 million gasoline gallon equivalents (GGE) of RNG and construct a fueling station and related infrastructure at CTS's facility in Green Bay, Wisconsin. TruStar Energy, an Opal Fuels company, will manage the construction and operation of the station.

    CTS, which owns 103 CNG-powered trucks, has partnered with the U.S. EPA as a SmartWay affiliate to help reduce GHG emissions and improve fuel efficiency. As a result of its sustainability efforts, CTS won Wisconsin Clean Cities' 2019 Forward Fleet Award and was named a Top Green Fleet of 2019 by Heavy Duty Trucking. (Source: Opal Fuels LLC, PR July, 2021) Contact: Opal Fuels, www.opalfuels.com

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    BC Allows Increased Hydrogen, RNG Production (Ind. Report)
    British Columbia
    Date: 2021-07-12
    In Victoria, the British Columbia (BC) Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Low Carbon Innovation reports it has amended the province's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Regulation (GGR) to allow utilities to increase the production and use of renewable natural gas (RNG), as well as green and waste hydrogen in the province. Under the amendment, utilities can:
  • Increase the amount of renewable natural gas utilities can acquire and supply from 5 pct to 15 pct of their total annual supply of natural gas;

  • Broaden the methods by which utilities can obtain hydrogen, RNG, and other renewable gases to include producing it or upgrading it themselves for injection into the pipeline, or paying a third party to do so, or purchasing hydrogen, synthesis gas, or lignin to displace the use of natural gas at customers' facilities;

  • Allow the current price cap of $30 per gigajoule that utilities can pay to acquire any of these fuels to increase with inflation and enabling utilities to acquire and supply green and waste hydrogen, synthesis gas, and lignin.

    The changes to the GGRR will help the province meet its CleanBC objectives and to increase the use of renewable natural gas in its system by 2030. (Source: BC Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Low Carbon Innovation, PR, July, 2021) Contact: BC Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Low Carbon Innovation, 604-660-2421, www2.gov.bc.ca

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  • Ont. Increasing Opportunity for On-Farm RNG Prod. (Ind. Report)
    Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs,
    Date: 2021-07-12
    In Guelph, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs reports it is changing its biogas regulations to create new ways for farmers to expand the emerging biogas and renewable natural gas (RNG) market in the province and creating economic opportunities while maintaining the province's strict environmental protections.

    The revised regulation will enable new on-farm biogas systems and expansion of existing systems to be more easily approved and at a lower cost, and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting waste from the landfill through increased maximum allowable limits and new types of off-farm anaerobic digestion materials and by encouraging production of renewable natural gas (RNG).

    According to the release, "changes to regulations under the Nutrient Management Act will create more opportunities for farmers to treat on-farm materials as well as other types of off-farm food and organic waste materials in on-farm regulated mixed anaerobic digestion facilities. This will enable an increase in on-farm production of biogas to generate renewable natural gas and will provide Ontario farmers with a new source of on-farm income. There are approximately 40 agri-food anaerobic digesters in the provinces $35 million-a-year biogas sector."

    General Regulation O. Reg. 267/03 under the Nutrient Management Act, 2002 establishes requirements for regulated mixed anaerobic digestion facilities. It is jointly administered by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks. OMAFRA is responsible for approvals, training and certification. MECP is responsible for inspection and enforcement to ensure compliance. (Source: Ontario Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, 5 July, 2021) Contact: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, 519-826-3100, www.ontario.ca/page/ministry-agriculture-food-and-rural-affairs

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    NRCAN Launches Canada Clean Fuels Fund (Ind. Report)
    Natural Resource Canada
    Date: 2021-06-28
    In Ottawa, 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 provide the private sector with cost-shared, conditionally repayable funding to build new, or retrofit or expand existing, clean fuel production facilities in Canada. Funding program benefits will:

  • grow the domestic production capacity for clean fuels including clean hydrogen, advanced biofuels, renewable natural gas, and 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 2050:

  • 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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  • Clean Energy Fuels Unveils New Visual Identity (Ind. Report)
    Clean Energy Fuels Corp
    Date: 2021-06-23
    "The demand for low- and negative-carbon renewable fuel has increased as more companies look for solutions to address climate change. As the leading provider of renewable natural gas (RNG) for the transportation industry, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is now well-positioned to turn their customers' sustainability goals into reality.

    "At its annual shareholders meeting, Clean Energy introduced a new company logo, a cornerstone of an entirely new brand identity that aligns with its growing commitment to expand its renewable fuel solution. This includes investing in the development of RNG from dairies and other agricultural facilities both independently and with partners TotalEnergies and BP.

    "Currently, RNG represents 70 pct of the fuel sold at Clean Energy's nationwide network of stations, and the company is on a track to provide the fuel at all its stations by 2025, meeting one of its own sustainability goals." (Source: Clean Energy Fuels, Website PR, 14 June, 2021) Contact: Clean Energy Fuels, Andrew J. Littlefair, Pres., CEO, Raleigh Gerber, 949-437-1397, raleigh.gerber@cleanenergyfuels.com, www.cleanenergyfuels.com

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    Peoples Gas Announces Florida Dairy RNG Project (Ind. Report)
    Peoples Gas,Emers
    Date: 2021-06-21
    In the Sunshine State, Tampa-based Peoples Gas is reporting an agreement with Alliance Dairies to build, own and operate a renewable natural gas (RNG) facility on the dairy's property in Trenton near Gainesville.

    The facility, which is expected to produce 105,000 MMBtu per year of RNG to serve about 4,400 homes, will capture waste from approximately 6,500 cows and clean it to pipeline-quality natural gas that can be safely used by any natural gas appliance or other natural gas application.

    In 2017, Peoples Gas was the first utility to receive approval from the Florida Public Service Commission to pursue renewable natural gas service in the state, and among the first in the nation.

    Peoples Gas is a subsidiary of Emera Inc., a geographically diverse energy and services company headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. (Source: Peoples Gas, PR, 15 June, 2021) Contact: Peoples Gas, Timothy O'Connor, VP Sustainability, www.peoplesgas.com; Emera, Scott Balfour, President and CEO, www.emera.com

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    Waga Reports Spanish, Canadian Landfill Biomethane Projects (Int'l)
    Waga Energy
    Date: 2021-06-18
    Meylan, France-headquartered Waga Energy reports it has been selected by Ferrovial Servicios to produce biomethane at the Can Mata landfill, one of Spain's largest landfill, near Barcelona. The WAGABOX® unit to be installed will treat up to 2,200 m3/h of landfill gas and inject 70 GWh of biomethane per year into the gas network of the Spanish operator Nedgia, The waste stored in Can Mata generates nearly 40 million cubic meters per year of biogas

    The project is the first ever landfill gas injection project to be financed by a long-term power purchase agreement in Europe. The facility, which will avoid 17,000 tpy of CO2 by substituting renewable natural gas (RNG) for natural gas, is expected to be commissioned in 2022.

    As previously reported in April, , Waga Energy contracted with Brome-Missiquoi Intermunicipal Waste Management Board (RIGMRBM) in Quebec to construct a WAGABOX® purification unit at Cowansville landfill to produce biomethane (RNG). The project is the company's second contract in Canada and is expected to commissioned early in 2023.

    Waga Energy will finance the construction of the unit and the connection of the installation to the gas network, operate and maintain the unit as well as purchase the RNG produced on-site for 20 years then sell the gas to a Canadian energy company. Cowansville landfill treats 75,000 tpy of waste from which the WAGABOX unit will produce 30 GWh of biomethane per year and supply 1,750 Quebec households with RNG, and avoid 5,000 tpy of CO2 emissions.

    Waga Energy presently operates 10 WAGABOX units in France, representing a production capacity of 225 GWh per year of biomethane and has 6 units under construction. (Source: Waga Energy, PR, Website, June, 2021) Contact: Waga Energy, Mathieu Lefebrve, CEO, www.waga-energy.com

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    Worley Tapped for Aemetis Carbon Zero Plant (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2021-06-18
    Following up on our 30th April report, Cupertino, California-based renewable natural gas (RNG), renewable fuel and biochemicals specialist Aemetis, Inc. reports it has awarded an engineering services contract to Worley for the Aemetis Carbon Zero renewable jet and diesel plant in Riverbank, California.

    The Aemetis Carbon Zero renewable jet and diesel project is designed to "hydrotreat" renewable oils with hydrogen from orchard and forest wood waste. By utilizing hydroelectric electricity and carbon sequestration along with negative carbon intensity hydrogen, the Aemetis plant is expected to produce among the lowest carbon intensity renewable jet and diesel fuel in the world.

    Worley is providing engineering to implement Axens renewable jet and diesel technology at the Riverbank site. Axens's technology hydrotreats a wide range of lipids to produce low-density and high cetane renewable diesel and renewable sulphur-free jet fuel. The Axens technology produces renewable jet and renewable diesel in an integrated process. (Source: Aemetis, Website PR, 16 June, 2020) Contact: Worley, www.worley.com; Aemetis Biogas, Andy Foster, Pres., Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO, (408) 213-0940, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com; Axens, Patrick Sarrazin, Exec. VP, www.axens.com

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    DMT Completes Seabreeze Farm RNG Equipment Upgrade (Ind. Report)
    DMT Clear Gas Solutions
    Date: 2021-06-16
    Tualatin, Oregon-based DMT Clear Gas Solutions, a leading technology supplier for biogas conditioning and upgrading, is reporting the renewable natural gas (RNG) facility at Seabreeze Farm in Delta, British Columbia is now operational. The third-generation dairy farm previously used water wash technology to convert biogas into RNG but now uses DMT's three-stage membrane separation technology, the Carborex®MS .

    The facility upgrades 180 standard cubic feet per minute (SCFM), or 290 Nm3 per hour of biogas generated by 250 milk cows and 12,000 annual tons of off-farm organics. With DMT's biogas upgrading system, Seabreeze Farm produced up to 99.5 pct RNG for direct injection into the natural gas pipeline. In terms of greenhouse gas emissions, the project equates to removing 650 vehicles from roadways or generating energy for 360 homes.

    Seabreeze Farm sells the RNG to FortisBC, a natural gas and electricity utility that serves British Columbia's 1.2 million customers. (Source: DMT Clear Gas Solutions, Website PR, June, 2021)Contact: DMT Clear Gas Solutions, Robert Lems, GM, (503) 379-0147, www.dmt-cgs.com

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    Climate-Smart Agriculture, Forestry Strategy (Report Attached)
    USDA
    Date: 2021-05-26
    In Washingto on January 27, 2021, Pres, Joe Biden signed Executive Order 14008, Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, directing all Federal agencies to coordinate in a Government-wide approach to combat the climate crisis.

    In compliance with the Order and recognizing the role agriculture and forestry will play in climate change mitigation and resilience, the USDA submitted the agency's recommendations for a climate-smart agriculture and forestry (CSAF) strategy covering CSAF practices that decrease wildfire risk fueled by climate change, CSAF as a source sustainable bioproducts and fuels, and conservation actions that provide measurable carbon reductions and sequestration.

    The USDA report notes: "The adoption of on-farm biogas capture technologies and the production of biobased products can provide producers with new income streams while also reducing GHG emissions and improving water quality. Opportunities to generate income from these technologies include the generation of renewable electricity and the production of biobased products from manure, renewable natural gas (RNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG). USDA should support producers as they enter these new markets and consider innovative finance mechanisms to provide upfront capital for biogas technologies and encourage the connection of multiple small operations to provide economical renewable energy production."

    Download the USDA Climate-Smart Agriculture, Forestry Strategy; 90 Day Progress Report HERE. (Source: USDA, May, 2021) Contact: USDA, www.usda.gov

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    Greenlane Claims $9.8Mn Landfill Gas-to-RNG Contract (Ind. Report)
    Greenlane Renewables
    Date: 2021-05-19
    Vancouver, British Columbia-based Greenlane Renewables Inc. reports its wholly-owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd., has signed a contract valued at approximately $9.8 million (US$8.1 million) to supply equipment for a new renewable natural gas (RNG) project in the midwest United States. This project will utilize Greenlane's pressure swing adsorption (PSA) biogas upgrading system. Engineering work will begin immediately with a notice to proceed from the customer on equipment supply expected in Q3, this year.

    Greenlane Renewables is a global provider of biogas upgrading systems that are helping decarbonize natural gas. Our systems produce clean, low-carbon and carbon-negative renewable natural gas from organic waste sources including landfills, wastewater treatment plants, dairy farms, and food waste, suitable for either injection into the natural gas grid or for direct use as vehicle fuel. Greenlane is the only biogas upgrading company offering the three main technologies: waterwash, pressure swing adsorption, and membrane separation. With over 30 years industry experience, patented proprietary technology, and over 125 biogas upgrading systems sold into 19 countries worldwide, according to the release. (Source: Greenlane Renewables Inc., PR, 18 May, 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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    HZI Announces 100th Kompogas Biogas Plant Installation (Int'l.)
    Hitachi Zosen Inova
    Date: 2021-05-17
    Zuric-based Swiss waste-to-energy (WtE) and biogas technology specialists Hitachi Zosen Inova AG (HZI) reports it is partnering with Cesaro Mac Import (CMI) to construct a seventh dry anaerobic digestion (AD) "Kompogas" technology biogas plant in Reggio Emilia, Italy, for Iren S.p.A Italy. The project, HZI's 100th installation , is expected to be completed and delivered by December 2022.

    The project will incorporate four PF2100 digesters processing 100 000 tpy of organic "green" waste to produce around 16.7 million Nm3 per annum of biogas that will be upgraded into biomethane -- renewable natural gas (RNG). (Source: Hitachi Zosen Inova AG, PR, 12 May, 2021) Contact: Hitachi Zosen Inova AG, P +41 44 277 11 11, F +41 44 277 13 13, info@hz-inova.com, www.hz-inova.com

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    CleanBay Renewables, Climate Action Reserve Refining Emissions Accounting Framework (Ind. Report)
    CleanBay Renewables, Climate Action Reserve
    Date: 2021-05-14
    Annapolis, Maryland-based enviro-tech company CleanBay Renewables Inc. reports it is working with the Los Angeles-headquartered carbon offset registry Climate Action Reserve (CAR) to establish a nitrous oxide (N2O) avoidance framework and a protocol for carbon credit accounting associated with fuel and fertilizer derived from poultry manure.

    The Climate Action Reserve will initially focus on quantifying the emission reductions from the conversion of agricultural byproducts, like poultry manure, into controlled-release fertilizers and establish mechanisms to calculate the displacement of fossil transportation fuels through the use of agriculture-derived renewable natural gas (RNG). The end goal is to develop a science-based framework applicable across the entire agricultural sector, enabling science-based carbon credit accounting for agricultural N2O emission reductions.

    CleanBay is developing a portfolio of bioconversion facilities across the U.S., each of which will recycle more than 150,000 tpy of chicken litter to generate over 750,000 MMBtus of sustainable renewable natural gas (RNG), 125,000 tpy of organic fertilizer, and an estimated 500,000 tpy of CO2 equivalent emission abatement that will be available for purchase in carbon markets. (Source: CleanBay Renewables Inc., PR, 12 May, 2021) Contact: CleanBay Renewables Inc., 410-514-6488, info@cleanbayrenewables.com, www.cleanbayrenewables.com; Climate Action Reserve, (213) 891-1444, fax: (213) 623-6716, reserve@climateactionreserve.org, www.climateactionreserve.org

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