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  • SoCalGas Pipelines Flow with Californian RNG

    Renewable natural gas is a fuel with impeccable credentials: locally-produced; carbon-neutral; renewable and sustainable; harvested from wasted energy; reduces greenhouse gas emissions; and conserves landfill space. Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and waste management company CR&R Environmental (CR&R) are taking advantage.

    The collaborators announced they have begun injecting renewable natural gas produced at CR&R’s anaerobic digestion facility in Perris, Calif., into SoCalGas pipelines. This is the first renewable natural gas produced within California to be introduced into SoCalGas’ pipeline system.

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  • #2
    Clean air can't wait - push for RNG in trucking (Video Clip)

    Todays affordable natural gas trucks are the clear solution for cleaner air. They are certified to run 90 percent cleaner than diesel trucks, with emissions so low that they are comparable to electric trucks. And when fueled by renewable natural gas captured from organic waste streams, we can dramatically improve greenhouse gas emissions and provide cities with new opportunities for economic and job growth.

    Presented by the California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership

    A 2016 white paper by Gladstein, Neandross & Associates published in 2016 titled, Game Changer: Next Generation Heavy-Duty Natural Gas Engines Fueled by Renewable Natural Gas contains a chart showing carbon intensity rating of key transportation fuels. It is reported in the paper that UC Davis found that anaerobic digestion of readily available California organic waste (dairy manure, landfill gas, municipal solid waste and wastewater) could potentially produce nearly 675 million DGE per year of RNG, or enough RNG to fuel 31 percent of California’s Class 8 heavy-duty trucks.

    Heavy Duty Vehicles powered by near-zero-emission natural gas engines have tailpipe nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions that are comparable to — or possibly lower than — the amount of NOx emitted to produce electricity used to charge similar heavy-duty battery electric vehicles. This is due to the relatively high NOx emissions rates from a portion of the existing power plant mix — particularly in regions that rely heavily on coal-based electricity generation.

    Support for the research was provided by a number of public and private sector organizations, including: Agility Fuel Systems, American Gas Association, California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership, Clean Energy, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, South Coast Air Quality Management District and Southern California Gas Company:


    • #3
      Cliff Gladstein for gna July 27, 2018 - New Approach to Trash is Displacing Fossil Fuels

      In early July 2018, renewable natural gas (RNG) began to flow into Southern Californias natural gas distribution system from a state-of-the-art high solid anaerobic digester (HSAD) in Perris, California, that processes organic waste that would otherwise have been sent to a landfill. Because the waste will no longer have an opportunity to naturally decompose at a dumpsite and emit harmful greenhouse gases, the RNG being produced and delivered into the pipeline has a negative carbon profile. This first-of-its-kind project was made possible by the innovation, investment, and commitment of CR&R, a leading waste and recycling collection company.

      Well known to those familiar with bioenergy and innovative waste management in the U.S., the CR&R anaerobic digestion facility is at the vanguard of an emerging trend to reduce greenhouse gases and more sustainably manage municipal refuse. The intrinsic value of CR&R’s natural gas is that it is 100% renewable as it is produced as a matter of course from the normal daily activities of the tens of thousands of residents whose waste food, grass clippings and other organic garbage would otherwise be dumped in local landfills.

      CR&Rs facility, in Perris, CA, takes food and green waste from more than a dozen cities throughout Southern California, processes it (i.e. sorts through the material to remove all plastics, metals and other inert material), grinds it, and dumps the refined material into digesters. There the organic mix will sit for about a month, consumed by voracious microbes that are optimized to consume the organic matter, reduce its mass, and convert about half of it to carbon dioxide and methane. The methane is then sucked out of the digesters, cleaned to pipeline quality natural gas – that is pretty much indistinguishable from natural gas from fossil sources – compressed and injected into a nearby gas distribution line. CR&R then consumes the RNG that it produces in the very trash trucks that pick up the organic garbage from the company’s customers.


      • #4
        Feb 22 2019 - Kwik Trip Taps New Renewable Fuel Source

        LA CROSSE, Wis. — Kwik Trip s Verona, Wis., compressed natural gas (CNG) station will serve as one of the primary dispensers of renewable vehicle fuel generated by Dane County s landfill biogas project upon completion later this year.

        The project will transform trash and cow manure into renewable fuel and inject it into an interstate transmission pipeline so it can be bought and sold to power fleets of CNG vehicles, according to a county announcement. Our project at the landfill will be a win for clean air, said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. Dane County s partnership with Kwik Trip will enable our region to reap the benefits of the renewable fuel generated at the landfill.

        The Dane County landfill biogas facility will displace 3 million gallons of fossil fuels in the first year of operation, with the number growing to 4 million gallons in future years. In addition to the environmental benefits, it is estimated that Dane County will generate enough revenue from the project to payback its $28-million cost of the project in just a few years, officials said.

        Kwik Trip is proud to partner with Dane County and Bluesource on this progressive, innovative, and collaborative sustainability initiative, said David Ring, community relations manager at Kwik Trip. Kwik Trip already uses CNG to power its fleet of vehicles, which is composed of more than 80-percent natural gas vehicles that deliver products to stores daily. The convenience store chain offers CNG fuel at 21 locations in Wisconsin and 35 locations in total in the upper Midwest.

        The partnership was made possible through Dane County s contract with Bluesource, which brings organizations together to monetize renewable energy and counts Kwik Trip as a client. As North America's oldest and largest environmental attribute developer, Bluesource is delighted and proud to partner with Dane County on this industry leading RNG project, said Kevin Townsend, Bluesource chief commercial officer.



        • #5
          I think I feel a sexual intercoursing coming with less btu's per cf low btu gas steals mpg.( you will need more cf to go the same distance.) several years ago I filled up at a waste managment landfill gas project in one of my trucks and only got 1100 miles instead of 1500 miles.and less power also. I think we may need to sell this gas by the gge calculated from the real btu of the gas as if you run land fill gas most of it is low btu gas. on the same thought I used to fill off of my gas well and run 1800 to 1900 miles that gas tested 1500 plus btu. note the truck has 300 GGE . This also could lead to running out of cng.


          • #6
            These projects generally are required clean up the RNG to gas utility quality and then it is metered into the pipeline. The RNG customer meters out of the pipeline and between the buyer and seller they can then establish credits with EPA (and California if the vehicle is there). Its not the same molecules going in and coming out as is the case at the Waste Management facility you filled at. But you do have a point: the BTU value could be less than fossil natural gas, but then RNG isn't even a drop in the bucket for the overall pipeline BTUs.


            • #7
              so my grandmother who lived in dc will have to buy more cf of natural gas as the btu is lower to keep from freezing to death with her ss check as more low btu gas is put in the lines the more the public's butt will hurt that my friends is my opinion that and two bucks will get you a cup of coffee


              • #8
                April 2, 2019 PRNewswire -- Clean Methane Systems LLC and EIP Ventures LLC announced a joint venture named EcoRNG to develop more than 10 million gallons of renewable fuels from waste streams at landfills, waste water treatment facilities and dairies throughout Oregon.

                The EcoRNG aggregation project in Oregon includes installing biogas upgrade and conditioning equipment at existing production facilities, converting the raw biogas into pipeline-quality RNG, transporting it to a central injection site and marketing the gas for use as environmentally friendly vehicle fuel according to Tim Robinson, president of Clean Methane Systems:



                • #9
                  MarketScreener Dane County WI 04/25/2019 - Dane County has officially started injecting RNG into its pipeline, signaling the completion of its landfill biogas project. It is estimated that it will generate enough revenue to payback its $28 million cost in just a few years. BIOFerm, a local Madison company, was chosen to complete this project. Earlier this year, County Executive Parisi announced Kwik Trip as one of the primary dispensers of the renewable vehicle fuel. The partnership with Kwik Trip is made possible through Dane County's contract with Bluesource.

                  The biogas facility will displace 3,000,000 gallons of fossil fuels in the first year of operation. Biogas contains about 50 percent methane and is created when garbage at a landfill breaks down.



                  • #10
                    Aug 12 2019 - Kallanish Energy reports that a dairy facility to produce fuel for alternative vehicles is beginning operations in Pixley CA.

                    At the facility, Calgren and partner Maas Energy Works collects cow manure via pipeline from four local dairy farms and processes it in an anaerobic digester. The process creates pipeline-quality RNG to inject into the SoCalGas pipeline system to supply CNG refueling facilities.

                    Calgren plans to partner with an additional eight dairy farms by the end of 2019. That will make the project the biggest in the U.S. The facility will eventually handle the manure from 75,000 cows, officials said.

                    SoCalGas provided Calgren with a $5 million state incentive check.



                    • #11
                      EIN Presswire (Globe Newswire) Aug 16 2019 -

                      Dominion Energy and Smithfield Foods, Inc. are breaking ground on North Carolina’s largest RNG project through their joint venture, Align Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)SM. Align RNG is a multi-state joint venture between Dominion Energy and Smithfield that will capture methane emissions from hog farms and convert them into RNG to power homes and businesses.

                      Gary Courts, Dominion Energy’s general manager of new gas business development, remarks “With renewable natural gas, everyone wins. It’s good for the environment and our planet. It’s a huge win for the farmers. And it’s around-the-clock renewable energy for consumers.”

                      This is the first “manure-to-energy” project to begin construction under Align RNG since the joint venture was announced in late 2018. Additional projects are planned in North Carolina, Utah, and Virginia, and are projected to produce enough energy to power 14,000 homes and businesses in total.





                      • #12
                        Shell is expanding and upgrading the former JC Biomethane plant in Junction City, Oregon, which Shell acquired in May 2018, and renamed Shell New Energies, Junction City. The expansion and upgrades include adding additional anaerobic digestion capacity, changing the utilized feedstock to agricultural wastes, and replacing the biogas-fired generator with a gas upgrading system that produces and exports Renewable Natural Gas (RNG).

                        The upgraded facility will produce approximately 736,000 MMBtu/yr of pipeline quality RNG.

                        Encouraged by government policies, demand for RNG is increasing in transport sectors such as road and marine. Establishing a business in the production and supply of RNG allows Shell to continue providing customers with the fuels they need, not only today but in the future.





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                          Sun Prairie Star Apr 13, 2020 - Landfill to get first biogas load this week

                          The RNG offloading station at Dane County’s landfill is scheduled to receive its first load of biogas this week from a Wisconsin digester that collects the methane from manure. The RNG offloading station, the first-of-its-kind in the nation, was part of a larger project to process the County’s landfill biogas for pipeline injection.

                          Traditionally, each biogas producer is required to make a physical connection to the pipeline which can cost millions of dollars for piping installation, equipment, and connection fees. Since the County was already making that connection for the landfill biogas project, an offloading station was added for other biogas producers to use. This revolutionary project reduces the barriers for biogas producers to gain access to the pipeline, renewable energy markets, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and state issued renewable fuel credits.

                          This offloading project was part of the 2018 budget and cost approximately $5.5 million for design, permitting, and installation. The county has come to an agreement with multiple biogas producers and offloading is expected to ramp up this summer. Dane County has the capacity to unload approximately 20 million gallons of gasoline equivalent per year.



                          • #14
                            U.S. Gain Brings More Dairy-Based RNG to California

                            Appleton, Wisconsin, May 5, 2020– U.S. Gain, a leader in RNG development and distribution, is pleased to announce they have reached an offtake agreement with DTE Biomass Energy for RNG produced at Statz Brothers Farms located in Marshall, WI. Purchased RNG will be taken to the California transportation market.

                            “There’s a significant demand for dairy-based RNG, particularly in California,” explained Scott Hanstedt, U.S. Gain’s Director of Sales. “California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, in combination with the Federal Renewable Fuel Standard, offer economic incentives for alternative fuel use, spurring interest from fleets across market sectors. Leading trucking, refuse, school and transit fleets are using RNG today – benefitting environmentally and economically.”



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                              The Goldendale Sentinel May 13, 2020 - PSE to buy renewable natural gas from KPUD Roosevelt landfill

                              Puget Sound Energy (PSE) has signed an agreement with Klickitat Public Utility District (KPUD) to purchase renewable natural gas starting in July of this year and continuing through June of 2040.

                              The renewable natural gas will be produced at the H.W. Hill Renewable Natural Gas facility in Roosevelt, Washington. Methane is drawn from the Republic Services landfill and following processing, the biogas will be received at the Williams Northwest Pipeline interconnection.

                              "After having developed hydroelectric, wind and renewable biogas electricity projects, and after having facilitated over 900 megawatts of wind development in Klickitat County, this contract is a crowning achievement for us," said KPUD Board President Dan Gunkel.