American Biogas Council

House tax chairman confident on reform, others less so
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top tax law writer in the U.S. House of Representatives insisted on Tuesday that tax reform will happen this year, despite concerns among some experts that a tax code overhaul could drag into 2018, or even collapse altogether. . .Expectations for tax reform have fallen off sharply among investors on Wall Street, where many now believe congressional gridlock is more likely than an overhaul. More>>

Welcome new ABC member, Hennepin County Environment & Energy Department!
The Environment and Energy department protects and preserves the environment to enhance the quality of life for current and future generations. The department works with cities, community groups, schools, businesses, trade groups, waste haulers, composters, and others to prevent food waste, rescue still edible food, and recycle organics. The department provides technical assistance, educational materials, training, container labels, and grants to accelerate the start-up of new organics programs, and improve existing ones, throughout the county. Currently, the department is evaluating potential organics recycling requirements for businesses and cities. To address the increased processing capacity need that would be created by the potential organics recycling requirements, the department is investigating the potential development of an anaerobic digestion facility within the county. More>>

Few Vermonters are Utilizing New Organics Bins
The state's recent requirement of having food scraps, grass clipping and other organic waste collection available at transfer stations isn't receiving the participation rates that the state expected. More>>

Farm hopes to begin construction of digester in fall
HAVERHILL -- It is going to decrease the smells emanating from a Bradford farm. It is going to improve the fertilizer needed to grow hay and corn. It will also provide enough energy to light up as many as 600 homes... The farm's owners, the Davidowicz family, are hoping that construction of the digester -- which will be managed by ABC member Vanguard Renewables of Wellesley -- will begin this fall and that it will be up and running next year. More>>

CalRecycle to focus on packaging and organics after another recycling rate dip
Reaching the goal of 75% recycling by 2020 would mean cutting current disposal rates in half. When asked whether this new data meant that goal was no longer attainable, CalRecycle deferred by pointing to packaging and organics diversion as top priorities. "The goals we establish for better sustainability are important and so too are the benefits we see from the pursuit of those goals. CalRecycle remains confident the state's progressive recycling and waste reduction efforts will provide long-term benefits to Californians, our environment, and our economy," said Lance Klug, a public information officer for CalRecycle, via email. More>>

Colorado sets statewide diversion goals for the first time
The state will now strive to hit 28% by 2021, 35% by 2026 and 45% by 2036. The resolution also set different local targets, with lower rates for rural counties and higher targets for about a dozen more urban "Front Range" counties. Diversion is defined explicitly as "recycling, composting and anaerobic digestion." More>>

Novozymes reports strong bioenergy and biofuels performance
Danish biotechnology company and ABC member Novozymes has published its interim financial report for the first half of 2017, revealing better than expected growth from the company, including a strong showing from its Bioenergy division. More>>

Column: Keeping Minnesota agriculture and rural communities strong
[By Sen. Al Franken] For Minnesota farmers, it's striking how much has changed in the past year. Our country has a new president, a new agriculture secretary, and a new direction on a lot of policies that affect our farmers, ranchers and rural communities. But one thing hasn't changed. Agriculture remains critically important to Minnesota's economy and its way of life...That's why I pushed back hard when President Trump recently proposed more than $230 billion in Farm Bill cuts, including $29 billion in cuts to the crop insurance program, which farmers depend upon when commodity prices are low. More>>

Assessing the Pulse of the Next Farm Bill Debate
Thirteen agricultural economists put together short papers describing issues that will surface during the writing of the next farm bill. For each issue, the author describes the "policy setting" and details "farm bill issues" that likely will arise during negotiations. Each issue then has a "what to watch for" summary. These papers, along with an overview, are presented in this article. More>>

Putting the Heat into AD
Upgrading an existing AD plant is an ideal opportunity to improve its overall efficiency and ensure every bit of head and power produced, says Matt Hale, of ABC member HRS Heat Exchangers. More>>

Can Congress cut food waste? It depends on the success of this bill
For decades, the federal government has regulated how landfills operate, how air and water are protected and how dangerous sites are cleaned up. However, the federal government has yet to implement a national policy on how to handle food waste.The lack of federal guidance on food waste has left the U.S. with a patchwork of food waste solutions, with some states, like New Jersey, pursuing ambitious food waste goals -- while others seem to all but ignore the issue. Now with the introduction of the Food Recovery Act (H.R. 3444), a vision of what could become the first national food waste policy is taking shape. [ABC is supporting this bill] More>>

How a Wastewater Plant Hits Net Zero Energy
A wastewater treatment facility in Gresham, Ore., went beyond net zero energy consumption within 10 years after beginning the journey. While other cities across the country are working to mitigate the exorbitant amount of energy their wastewater treatment plants consume, the city of Gresham, Ore., has found a way to achieve net zero energy consumption with ABC member Veolia. [This facility won ABC's Project of the Year] More>>

Waste Management opens 100th CNG fueling station
Waste Management began using natural gas vehicles in the 1990s, and the company says that has played a key role in surpassing its goal of improving fleet efficiency 15% by 2020. Now, the company estimates that 90% of the new units it purchases for its fleet of 32,000 collection and support vehicles are powered by natural gas. Fueling station set-ups vary -- some also service municipal or consumer vehicles, some are located at landfills to use the gas captured -- though most use a slow-fill overnight system. More>>

Hogan cancels O'Malley-era 'zero waste' plan
[The ABC spoke out in favor of the O'Malley zero waste plan in 2014/15] Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday night that he has canceled "zero-waste" landfill rules issued by Gov. Martin O'Malley a week before he left office in 2015. Speaking to the annual summer gathering of the Maryland Municipal League, the Republican governor said he was rescinding the policy in response to complaints from local governments. More>>

Carbon farming at Land of Milk and Honey (CA)
In California, a new program called the Healthy Soils Initiative is about to put unorthodox farming practices to the test. With modest grants of up to $50,000 administered by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), a network of farmers and ranchers throughout the state will embark on a series of experiments in carbon farming. The term refers to improving soil health by biological processes that limit the amount of synthetic chemicals applied to crops and adopting techniques aimed to reduce nutrient loss. More>>

NCRA released its Commercial Food Waste Reduction in Alameda County, CA report
[BioCycle] The Northern California Recycling Association (NCRA) released its Commercial Food Waste Reduction in Alameda County report, the first-ever study of wasted food prevention and recovery initiatives and opportunities in Alameda County, California. Approximately 72 to 115 million pounds of edible food in the county is disposed, while an estimated 6 million pounds are donated to food assistance organizations. SB1383, signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown in 2016, requires local jurisdictions to reduce or recover for human consumption 20 percent of edible food currently sent to landfills and incinerators by 2025. To comply with SB1383, Alameda County will need to reduce or recover approximately 11 to 17 million pounds. Based on research findings and observations, the NCRA project team identified over 50 potential policy and program solutions categorized into three areas: education and data; policy and logistics and infrastructure. Those categories were further subdivided by implementation timeframe (short-, medium- and long-term). More>>

Food Waste Collection Pilot (and digestion)
[BioCycle] The town of Scarborough, Maine pays a $70.50/ton tipping fee for garbage sent to the waste-to-energy facility at ecomaine in Portland. . .Scarborough Public Works is preparing an 8-month food waste pilot in a 260-home neighborhood that began in May and will run through late January 2018. . .Organics can be bagged in plastic, which will be removed at the anaerobic digestion plant run by ABC member Exeter Agri-Energy. More>>

Tulare, California: City Signs Digester Gas Purchase Agreement
[BioCycle] Tulare, a city of 60,000 in the Central Valley of California, has signed a biogas purchase agreement with FuelCell Energy. The City is leasing a site at its wastewater treatment facility to FuelCell Energy, which will install, operate and maintain a 2.8 MW fuel cell power plant. The City's facility primarily treats effluent from a number of large milk processing plants. The digester gas agreement enables FuelCell Energy to proceed under the State of California Bioenergy Market Adjustment Tariff (BioMAT) program with a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Southern California Edison. The company will also install its SureSource Treatment™ biogas conditioning system. “This project perfectly highlights how sustainability pays," notes Joe Carlini, Tulare's City Manager. "We are selling our biogas, generating a new source of revenue for the City, and supporting emission-free power generation so our citizens have clean air to breathe." More>>

Job Opening: President of Greenlane Biogas (BC, Canada)
The company was purchased by Pressure Technologies, a FTSE listed company in 2013 and has grown to over 40 staff across 7 continents. The company is in the midst of significant transformation as it positions itself as a leading technology provider and centralizes its operations in Vancouver. The Board is seeking a new President who can lead the organization through organizational and cultural transformation and significant growth as it seeks to become the industry leader in what is projected to be a $2-3 billion biogas market by 2020. More>>

California Governor Signs Waste Management Bill into Law
California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law Assembly Bill 1572, which gives California Department of Resources and Recycling Recovery (CalRecycle) more flexibility to ensure that local residents comply with the sustainable waste management law and reduce burdens associated with oversight for areas that exceed state requirements. This law goes hand-in-hand with legislation passed in 2016, which asked locals to divert 50 percent of organic waste from landfill by 2020 and 75 percent by 2025. More>>

Food pumps are not just for liquids
[Feature on foodwaste pumping by ABC member HRS Heat Exchangers] Most food manufacturers need to move products during processing. Problems can arise when the pumps used have not been designed for this. But products including powders, pastes and mixtures of liquids and solids can be pumped through suitable pipe work and equipment. More>>

EPA will reject change that Trump backer Icahn sought
[Great news for biogas and RNG producers regarding the point of obligation in the RFS.] The Trump administration plans to reject a proposal that would let oil refiners off the hook for complying with the federal ethanol mandate, a senior administration official told POLITICO, dashing the hopes of billionaire Carl Icahn and a slew of independent companies. More>>

From food waste to energy: How potato peelings are powering buildings in SE Wisconsin
At the Sendik's Food Market in Mequon, discarded food waste once filled about eight 30-yard dumpsters per month. Now, the store is down to just one dumpster per month, thanks to the food waste recycling system by ABC member Grind2Energy. [The food waste is delivered to a municipal wastewater digester next to another ABC member facility, the FCPC Renewable Generation digester.] More>>

New York City turns organic waste into green energy
[Washington Post Video] A pilot project in New York City turns organic waste into methane that in the future will go back to residents to heat their stoves and homes. [Featuring ABC Members Waste Management and NYC Dept of Sanitation] More>>

Study: Anaerobic digestion could reduce microplastics in sludge
A new study, published in Environmental Science & Technology, has found that anaerobic digestion may reduce the amount of microplastics left in in sewage sludge, as reported in Recycling Portal. More>>

A Ray of Hope on Capitol Hill
Some good news from Washington! Comprehensive federal legislation to reduce wasted food has just been introduced in both the House and Senate. It's the Food Recovery Act of 2017 and we have U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and U.S Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) to thank for it. This legislation advances a comprehensive array of common sense policies. It provides a compelling pathway to prevent food from being wasted in the first place, expand donation of surplus food to people in need, and keep what's left out of the landfill. More>>

City explores ways to transform commercial food waste into renewable energy
In June, the Water Department issued a food waste co-digestion Request For Information (RFI) to solicit ideas and possible business plans from potential vendors and evaluate possible scenarios for accepting pre-processed food waste. "We were considering doing the direct decomposition of food in our anaerobic digesters, so the RFI is: Does anyone wants to do that with us?" Philadelphia Water Department's Paul Kohl said. "We received interest, people showed up for the informational meeting, people are asking questions. So yes, there's interest in the market place." More>>

Green power: Alameda program gets national nod
ALAMEDA, CA – Alameda Municipal Power has earned national recognition for Alameda Green, a program that allows residents and businesses to match up to 100 percent of their monthly electricity use with renewable energy sourced from wind, biogas and solar projects. More>>

It's Time For Congress To Join The Fight Against Food Waste
It is time for Congress to take the lead and further the fight against food waste. This week Representative Chellie Pingree and Senator Richard Blumenthal will re-introduce the Food Recovery Act. This legislation presents the first-ever comprehensive attempt to support a wide range of policies that would reduce waste and increase food recovery, and would implement many of our top federal-level food waste recommendations. More>>

New Jersey Just Took a Major Stand Against Food Waste
A new law in New Jersey -- one of the strongest stances against climate change in the U.S. right now -- aims to cut the state's food waste in half by 2030. Lawmakers also hope that the law will reduce the state's climate footprint and add much needed resources in their fight against hunger. The bill passed the New Jersey legislature unanimously and was signed by Governor Chris Christie last week. More>>

New York City Continues to Lead on Food Waste Recycling
Just last week, the NYC Commissioner of Sanitation Kathryn Garcia announced a proposal to dramatically expand the number of commercial food establishments required to separate their organic waste and send it for beneficial use. Currently the largest 350 or so commercial food establishments are required to separate their organic waste, but this new proposal will add approximately 2000 businesses. Department of Sanitation estimates this will increase diversion of organic material from the commercial sector to 50,000 tons a year. More>>

Perris, CA facility to meet state's environmental goals
It took more than 10 years to go from blueprint to reality, but today, Perris' anaerobic digester facility from ABC member CR&R Environmental Services is one of the largest in the world. Not only does the anaerobic digester facility have a global pedigree, it's attracting worldwide interest, too. More>>

Straus Family Creamery powered by cow gas
With barely a sound, the red and white International Harvester feed truck unloaded a mix of silage, barley and rice to a dozen pregnant cows, releasing a sour, grassy aroma into the foggy morning at Straus Family Creamery in Marshall. The all-electric feed truck is entirely powered by methane gas that was released by the farm's 280 cows, or rather, their poop. More>>

[White House] Joint Statement on Tax Reform
Today, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) issued the following joint statement on tax reform: More>>

SF seeks EPA loan to help pay for waste treatment plant upgrades
San Francisco is applying for a $625 million loan from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help offset the costs of a major upgrade to the city's wastewater treatment facilities.The upgrades would allow the city's treatment plants to more effectively capture and treat odors and improve its ability to utilize biogas. More>>

Minnesota county mulls organics diversion requirement by 2022
However the county board decides to proceed, the progress in the Twin Cities Metro Area has already shown that organics diversion is possible in the Midwest and may encourage further discussion in neighboring states. Based on a recent survey, the average landfill tip fee in the Midwest is now slightly above the U.S. average so more cities could start becoming curious about their diversion options. More>>

New Resources to Encourage More Recycling of Foodservice Packaging
Communities and recycling professionals now have access to new recycling outreach materials, thanks to the Foodservice Packaging Institute's free Resident Education Kit. The comprehensive kit shares dozens of images, researched terms, best practices and other resources for adding foodservice packaging to new or existing recycling programs. More>>

Renewable energy contract case in Michigan could set national precedent
Vic Leabu, owner of White's Bridge Hydro Co. in Lowell, only wants a fair contract from Consumers Energy Corp. Leabu produces about 750 kilowatts of clean, renewable energy for 400 of his home and business owner customers in Ionia County, just east of Grand Rapids. For the past 32 years, Consumers has been paying him a variable rate of 6.8 cents to 7.6 cents per kilowatt hour. Last year, Consumers offered him a five-year contract at 4.5 cents per kilowatt hour, which Leabu described as financially unsustainable. The Michigan Public Service Commission is expected to rule July 31. More>>

EPA SAB to review biogenic carbon framework at August meeting
The U.S. EPA has announced the Scientific Advisory Board will conduct a quality review of the agency's draft framework for assessing biogenic carbon dioxide emissions from stationary sources at a meeting in August. [Biogenic carbon emissions cover emissions from biomass, including biogas and can be used to show how much carbon biomass resources emit or reduce.] More>>

How California Plans to Go Far Beyond Any Other State on Climate
Over the past decade, California has passed a sweeping set of climate laws to test a contentious theory: that it's possible to cut greenhouse gas emissions far beyond what any other state has done and still enjoy robust economic growth. Now that theory faces its biggest test yet. . .So how will California pull this off? More>>

New Jersey Gov. Christie passes bill to halve food waste by 2030
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed S-3027 into law on July 21, establishing a statewide goal to reduce food waste 50% by 2030, as reported by NJ Spotlight. The state Department of Environmental Protection now has one year to develop and roll out a reduction plan. Other statewide food waste bills, including one to revise food date labeling and another to encourage food donation, are still pending. More>>

DSNY's proposed organics diversion requirements could impact 2K businesses
New York's Department of Sanitation (DSNY) has announced plans to expand organics diversion requirements to multiple new business categories that currently generate an estimated 50,000 tons of food waste per year. The proposed rules would apply to about 2,000 businesses, according to DSNY. This would include restaurants or establishments larger than 7,000 square feet, chain establishments with 50 or more locations in the city and retail stores larger than 10,000 square feet. Businesses would be required to arrange for source-separated collection or find another DSNY-approved solution to manage their organic waste. More>>

Utah's biogas upgrading plant produces energy for 15,000 homes
DMT Clear Gas Solutions is going to supply the biogas upgrading technology for the waste to energy plant in Utah. Utah's first anaerobic digester for food waste will produce enough renewable natural gas to power 15,000 homes. DMT Clear Gas Solutions is an integral part of this project by providing the upgrading technology for the biogas. Approximately one-third of the food produced for human consumption annually gets lost or wasted. The Wasatch Resource Recovery project will become an advanced food waste digestion facility that will process approximately 180,000 tons of food waste per year that will be diverted from landfills. By processing the food waste on this progressive resource recovery site, the life of the local landfills will be extended. Greenhouse gases will be reduced by an equivalent of over 75,000 cars. Not only the methane will be used as natural gas but also part of the CO2 will be reused to grow algae. The Wasatch Resource Recovery site in North Salt Lake, UT has selected DMT Clear Gas Solution's upgrading technology for their recovery site. More>>

Greenlane has launched its new, high-capacity 'Kauri' biogas upgrading system
Burnaby, BC – Greenlane Biogas, the world's largest biogas upgrading company, has launched its new, high-capacity 'Kauri' biogas upgrading system to provide a cost-effective solution for large scale biogas projects. More>>

City calls biogas project a huge success
GRAND JUNCTION, CO-Cleaning city wastewater can be clean and green in more ways than one. Since 2015, the Persigo Wastewater treatment facility has been capturing its methane, a by product of cleaning our dirty water. Using a fuel system from ABC member BioCNG, officials have been able to convert that methane into a usable fuel for 62 city and county's vehicles. More>>

What to do with food waste?
A new report has been released outlining the strategies governments and businesses should be implementing to tackle the problem of food waste. Published by Energy Vision, Food Waste Erased looks at a variety of options to deal with the 1.3 billion tons of food thrown out globally every year. The report spells out what can be done: 'from making it into compost to capturing and refining the biogas it emits into renewable natural gas (RNG) for power generation and transportation'. More>>

Now for Sale in Seattle: Growlers of Brew Dew Plant Beverage
For some time we've been asked when our nutrient rich, probotic biofertilizer will be available for purchase and we're excited to tell you that the time has come! If you live in the Seattle area, or know someone who does, click below and check out the Brew Dew website where you can purchase some freshly brewed probiotic biofertilizer for yourself or a friend. More>>

Sheffield dairy farm rakes in the cheddar from selling power generated from cows' methane
SHEFFIELD, MA -- The Aragi family's dairy farm -- the largest in the state -- is special because it still exists and it isn't losing money. Pine Island Farm is actually making money, not just by selling milk, but by selling power it generates from methane thrown off by cow manure [using a digester from ABC member DVO]. Nary a penny lands on the farm's electric bill, and the Aragis' sell the excess power to some local off-takers -- like Ward's Nursery -- at a discount through a state program called net metering. More>>

Dairy/Biogas Job Opening: Methane Digester Technician
Alliance Dairies, Trenton, FL: As a Methane Digester Engine Technician, you are responsible Responsible for include but not limited to the operation and maintenance of one 3516A+ Caterpillar (CAT) Generator, the blower flare station, treatment skid, gas collection system, and all associated equipment. More>>

The 10 benefits of separate food waste collection for anaerobic digestion
Separate food waste collection with disposal to anaerobic digestion has many benefits. Do you know how much value comes from separating food waste at source? Watch this video to find it out! More>>

Washington Manufacturing CleanTech Accelerator Speeds Startup Manufacturing Success
Jan Allen and Srirup Kumar of ABC member Impact Bioenergy discussed the evolution of their startup business at the Washington Manufacturing CleanTech Accelerator. The CleanTech Accelerator hosts several companies along with Impact Bioenergy, including JIKO Power and Tape-It-Easy. The CleanTech Accelerator helps these innovative early-stage and mid-stage startup companies, especially those that target environmental solutions, by providing resources to bridge the gap between prototypes and commercialization. More>>

Report: Average landfill tip fees up 3.5% so far this year
The average landfill tip fee in the U.S. increased to $50.60 as of May, up 3.5% from the end of 2016, according to new analysis from Waste Business Journal. Landfills in the Northeast remained the most expensive at $79.30, followed by $57.90 in the Pacific, $52.70 in the Midwest, $43.60 in the Southeast and $35.70 in the West. The largest increases occurred in the Midwest and the Southeast, by 8.9% and 6.6% respectively, due in part to their continued popularity as export destinations for the Northeast. More>>

SWANA CEO outlines 3 obstacles facing WTE during congressional energy expo
The massive amounts of waste represents a veritable gold mine for energy production between incinerators and biogas production -- but with the current uncertainty over how the federal government will treat the RFS and how administration officials feel about WTE, the energy potential from MSW may be, well, wasted. One thing's for sure, though -- unless concerns about odor and pollution are mitigated, it will be difficult for WTE plants to develop, putting a hard stop on the sector. More>>

Landia GasMix system installed at California AD facility
ABC Member ES Engineering (Irvine, CA), has installed the GasMix system from another ABC member, Denmark-based Landia, at a food waste-to-energy facility in Chino, CA. It's designed to help boost gas production from the facility's two anaerobic digesters. ES Engineering previously installed Landia chopper pumps at the site. More>>

IRENA's Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Global Review 2017
The global renewable energy sector employed 9.8 million people in 2016 – a 1.1% increase over 2015. Jobs in renewables, excluding large hydropower, increased by 2.8% to reach 8.3 million in 2016. Liquid biofuels (1.7 million jobs), solid biomass (0.7 million) and biogas (0.3 million) were also major employers, with jobs concentrated in feedstock supply. Brazil, China, the United States and India were key bioenergy job markets. More>>

What The AD Industry Can Learn From Solar Standardization
[BioCycle Magazine] The U.S. anaerobic digestion (AD) market represents an attractive, multibillion dollar investment opportunity. However, structural industry obstacles must be overcome before the market can realize its full potential. As a renewable energy investor with deep experience in the U.S. solar industry, ABC member Generate Capital believes there is knowledge and experience that can be transferred from the solar industry to the AD market. The landfill industry is in decline and food waste diversion regulation is on the rise. Proven AD technology already exists, with a market potential for hundreds of new biogas projects in the U.S. It is time for the AD industry to expand its role from a compliance technology for dairy manure to transforming our organic waste management system. More>>

Mark Z. Jacobson & The 100% Renewable Energy Naysayers
For example, the Roadmap to 100% renewables is almost entirely restricted to examining wind, water, and sunlight, just as its title suggests. This meant that it largely ignored the separate problems we have dealing with waste, especially from agriculture, food, and human waste, which we must deal with regardless of considerations about energy. These waste products can be treated in bio-digesters to generate biogas, which we can then use both to reduce energy demand for waste handling and to produce electricity. More>>

Biogas from Anaerobic Digestion Powers 1m UK Homes
Sufficient biogas is now being produced by UK anaerobic digestion plants to power over 1 million homes, according to a new report from ADBA, the biogas trade association for the UK. More>>

Q&A: Clean energy pioneer sees potential in using food waste for renewable energy
Jigar Shah, the founder of solar company SunEdison, is credited with helping transform the industry in the early 2000s by allowing customers a pay-as-you-go model for installing solar panels, opening the door for widespread adoption. After leaving SunEdison, Shah in 2014 co-founded his latest venture in San Francisco-based Generate Capital, a specialty finance company focused on sustainable infrastructure within the food, energy, water and materials sectors. More>>

ABC Praises House Introduction of the Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act (H.R. 2853)
The American Biogas Council, the trade association for the U.S. biogas industry, praises the recent introduction of the Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act (H.R. 2853), House companion legislation to Senate bill 988. The House bill was introduced by Congressmen Ron Kind (DWI-3) and Tom Reed (R-NY-23) with 22 original bipartisan cosponsors. That list of supporters recently grew to 25. This bill, along with the Senate companion bill, (S. 988) introduced in early May, will increase agricultural viability by helping to deploy new nutrient recovery and biogas systems that recycles organic material into baseload renewable energy and healthy soil products. The Act provides a 30 percent investment tax credit (ITC) for qualifying biogas and nutrient recovery systems. More>>

Second waste-to-energy plant by Charlotte's Blue Sphere, Entropy is producing power
The Orbit Energy Rhode Island waste-to-energy plant, owned by Charlotte companies Entropy Investment Management and ABC Member Blue Sphere, has been connected to the grid and is producing electricity for initial testing. David March, a managing partner with Entropy, says the interconnection testing will continue for about 60 to 90 days. “Then it will be operational,” he says of the 3.2-megawatt project. More>>

Veolia Water Technologies' 2016 Accomplishments
A short video highlighting ABC Member, Veolia Water Technologies' accomplishments in 2016. More>>

Waste Management gets approval for 20-year biogas deal at Wisconsin landfill
The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) will construct a $11 million gas treatment plant at the landfill. ABC member Waste Management will maintain its gas extraction system and build a pipeline to the Emerald Park Landfill operated by Advanced Disposal. From there, the gas will be transported to the MMSD's Jones Island water treatment facility for use in powering the plant and drying sludge into Milorganite fertilizer. More>>

Marshfield wastewater plant uses microbes to clean water
Treating wastewater from nearby residents, businesses and industry users of the sanitary sewer system is the mission of the Marshfield Wastewater Treatment Plant, said plant Superintendent Sam Warp during a June 21 water tour organized by Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin and UW Discovery Farms. Using the natural microbes in the waste, the facility is able to remove phosphorus, nitrogen and other nutrients from the waste before it is released into a local creek. More>>

Bill aims to provide tax incentive for biogas investments
Reps. Rom Reed, R-N.Y, and Ron Kind, D-Wisc., recently introduced the House version of the Agricultural Environmental Stewardship Act (HR2853), which provides incentives to invest in biogas and nutrient recovery technology. More>>

TTcogen Enters US Wastewater Treatment Facility Biogas CHP Market
WALTHAM, MA--TTcogen LLC, a 50/50 joint venture of combined heat and power (CHP) experts Tecogen Inc. and TEDOM a.s., is pleased to announce the expansion into the US Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) Biogas CHP market. Through TEDOM, TTcogen has experience with several hundreds of WWTF in Europe and is poised to bring that experience to the US market. While the product line includes units from 35 kW to 4 MW, TTcogen sees tremendous opportunity in the underserved market for smaller CHP projects between 60 kW and 500 kW. More>>

CT SB943 will help spark development of anaerobic digesters, enabling farmers to become the newest renewable energy producers.
From the Senator: Connecticut farmers will now have the opportunity to join the green energy revolution, thanks to legislation championed by Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr. (D-Branford). Senate Bill 943 promotes the use of cow manure and food waste as a renewable energy source through the process of anaerobic digestion. The bill also creates an easier, cheaper and faster regulatory permitting process for farmers who are interested in adopting this technology. More>>

LA Metro Awards Contract for 295 New Natural Gas Buses Fueled by RNG
Today the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) voted to purchase 295 40-foot compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, which will be fueled by renewable natural gas (RNG). The contract includes an option for the purchase of 305 additional 40 foot CNG buses. Previously, LA Metro awarded an RNG contract to ABC member Clean Energy Fuels Corp. to fuel its fleet of transit buses. The deal calls for Clean Energy to provide Metro its Redeem brand of RNG, the first renewable and commercially available vehicle fuel made entirely from 100% organic waste. More>>

Plate to Power, Oregon: Urban Food Policy Snapshot
Gresham, OR has a food waste recycling program that makes sure food waste gets to a local digester to make biogas and soil amendments. Schools and businesses in Gresham that want to participate receive free internal collection containers -- bins for tossing food scraps inside the schools or business -- free signs that explain how to separate waste, and free training. More>>

LA Metro Awards Multi-Year Contract For Clean Energy's Redeem Renewable Natural Gas To Fuel Nation's Largest CNG Bus Fleet
Clean Energy Fuels Corp., announced today that the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has awarded Clean Energy a renewable natural gas (RNG) contract to fuel its fleet of transit buses. The deal calls for Clean Energy to provide Metro its Redeem brand of RNG, the first renewable and commercially available vehicle fuel made entirely from 100% organic waste. More>>

Water Environment Federation and American Biogas Council partner on organic waste conversion
The Washington-based associations, Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the American Biogas Council (ABC) are partnering to expand the conversion of organic waste into renewable energy and valuable soil products at facilities across the U.S. More>>

Dane County might sell the methane its landfill produces to California
ABC Member Dane County was one of the first in Wisconsin to begin using the methane its landfill produces to generate electricity. However, this is not what the electricity is used for. Dane County has a 10-year contract with Madison Gas and Electric, selling the electricity to it for about $3 million a year, John Welch says. As that contract comes to an end, Dane County is hoping to get a better deal. A proposed $18 million project in the 2017 budget would allow the county to turn the methane the trash produces into compressed natural gas, or CNG. That fuel could then be sold. It might even get piped to California, which is the leading market in the United States for the gas. More>>

EPA just gave notice to dozens of scientific advisory board members that their time is up
The Environmental Protection Agency has given notice to dozens of scientists that they will not be renewed in their roles in advising the agency, continuing a scientific shake-up that has already triggered resignations and charges from some researchers that the administration is politicizing the agency. More>>

WEF, American Biogas Council to Accelerate Generation of Renewable Energy and Soil Products
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the American Biogas Council (ABC) are partnering to expand the conversion of organic waste into renewable energy and valuable soil products at facilities across the U.S. More>>

[Press Release] U.S. Renewable Energy Groups Share a Vision of the 21st Century Power Grid
Eight national business groups representing the diverse spectrum of renewable energy technologies (wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, hydro, biogas and waste-to-energy) today released a first-of-its-kind joint statement outlining a positive vision for the future of America's power grid. In “A Shared Vision of the 21st Century Grid,” the groups highlight mutual support for market structures that appropriately value new and existing technologies, tax policy continuity and parity for all renewable technologies, and the expansion and modernization of the electrical grid to support the proper operation and integration of clean power sources. More>>

Request for Information for the Acceptance of Pre-Processed Food Waste for The City of Philadelphia
PWD is requesting interested vendors to submit a response detailing the process they would use to obtain, process, and deliver a liquefied food waste stream. Creative solutions that can be easily scaled are encouraged. More>>

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