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Big Agriculture Gets Its Sh*t Together

Fortune Magazine's February 2016 issue features ABC Member Fair Oaks Dairy, Mike McCloskey and ABC's Vice Chair, Mark Stoermann, in a feature about the successful Fair Oaks business that's run with a drive to do the right thing for the environment, their animals and their neighbors. Biogas is a big part of what makes it all work.

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2/3/2016
Big Agriculture Gets Its Sh*t Together
Fortune Magazine's February 2016 issue features ABC Member Fair Oaks Dairy, Mike McCloskey and ABC's Vice Chair, Mark Stoermann, in a feature about the successful Fair Oaks business that's run with a drive to do the right thing, for the environment their animals and their neighbors. Biogas is a big part of what makes it all work. More>>

2/2/2016
Bioenergy in 2016: Powered Up, Hoping to Run
Companies in the biogas sector were closely tracking the RFS, and overall were in support of EPA's final fuel volume numbers. This sector is ready to deliver more, however, said Patrick Serfass, Executive Director of the American Biogas Council. To move to that next level, though, industries want still higher RFS volumes.Biogas qualifies as an advanced cellulosic fuel. For 2016, the RFS requires 230 million gallons of that fuel category, a big increase over 2014 (33 million gallons) and 2015 (123 million gallons). Serfass said that at least 500 million gallons of transport fuel could be produced in 2016 if EPA does two things: 1. Approves projects under the biogas-electricity-electric vehicle pathway, i.e., using biogas as the fuel to generate electricity which is then directed to power a vehicle charging station; and, 2. Recognizes a higher equivalence value for biogas. Equivalence value is an energy factor set in comparison to ethanol, on which the RFS credits are based. Biogas has greater energy density than ethanol. A car will travel 4.3 miles farther down the road on a gallon of biogas than the equivalent quantity of ethanol. More>>

1/22/2016
Co-digestion regulations in California
"We asked two regulators, Bob Holmes, Environmental Program Manager I with CalRecycle and Johnny Gonzales, Water Resources Control Engineer with the State Water Resources Control Board, about the regulations around co-digestion and the role wastewater treatment plants can play in this somewhat new waste to energy system." More>>

1/22/2016
Lessons learned on co-digestion operations at three facilities
1.) Odor control is important – Even some wastewater operators struggled with the foul smells from certain grease and dairy waste. EBMUD continues to upgrade their odor control units and enclosed more of the waste receiving systems to minimize odors. 2.) Inline heat exchangers keep grease flowing – EBMUD installed heat exchangers to preheat grease and prevent lines from plugging. 3.) Stay away from woody waste – organic waste with strong cellulous or fibrous material, such as wood waste or tree branches, does not increase biogas production, passes through the digesters and increases the amount of biosolids that need to be hauled away. 4.) Find a customer for produced energy – EBMUD produces 140% of their electrical needs each day using the co-gen facility. The excess power is sold to the Port of Oakland under a long-term purchase power agreement and the Port uses all of EBMUD's surplus. More>>

1/22/2016
Co-digestion Estimates at California Wastewater Treatment Plants
These estimates were developed by contacting some of the largest agencies in the state, plus one medium sized plant, which collectively represent 35% of wastewater flow in the state. Using data on volume of digester capacity and current Mean Cell Residence Time (MCRT) in anaerobic digestion, flow was calculated based on current conditions. Using the same digester capacity, flow was then also calculated based on an MCRT of 15 days (minimum required in state and federal regulations). e difference in flow represents the estimate of excess capacity. More>>

1/14/2016
NY's Cuomo Announces Organics Recycling Bill Coming in 2016 in his State of the State
[This will make NYS #6 of states requiring organics recycling, behind CT, VT, MA, RI and CA] The Governor will work with the legislature in 2016 to pass a bill requiring large generators of food waste to donate edible food and compost or recycle what is not donated. This legislation will require New York's 1,200 large food waste generators, such as grocery stores, colleges, hospitals, and restaurants to donate or recycle the estimated 275,000 tons of food waste annually.107 This will help to reduce the amount of organic waste sent to landfills and reduce methane emissions while ensuring that hungry New Yorkers have improved access to quality food... (for more see page 137) More>>

Latest Events [view all]

2/10/2016
Webinar: Dairy Nutrient Recovery Technologies within an Anaerobic Digestion Bio-refinery
Speaker: Dr. Craig Frear, Director of Research and Technology, Regenis; formerly Assistant Professor at the Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Washington State University. More>>

2/10/2016
ABC RNG Working Group meeting
The monthly meeting for RNG Working Group scheduled for the second Wednesday of the month from 2-3pm ET. More>>

2/11/2016
ABC Federal Legislative & Regulatory Affairs Committee
The Bi-weekly meeting for FLRA committee on Thursdays from 2-3pm ET More>>

2/17/2016
ABC Digestate Standard Lab Group
Meeting for Digestate Standard Lab Working Group on Wednesday from 11-12pm ET More>>







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