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10/19/2018
ABC announces 2018 Biogas Industry Award winners
Tuesday, at its annual conference, the American Biogas Council announced the winners of the Biogas Industry Awards, presented at a sold out dinner celebration at BIOCYCLE REFOR18. Thirty-three awards were presented to exceptional technology innovations and biogas projects across the industry in the agricultural, municipal and merchant sectors. More>>

10/17/2018
Welcome New Member: Live Oak Bank!
Live Oak offers debt financing for bioenergy, biofuel and bioproduct projects. The bank lends exclusively to small businesses nationwide, lending nearly two billion dollars since inception. More>>

10/17/2018
Welcome New Member: BCCY Environmental Energy Co.!
BCCY Environmental Engineering's main business covers landfill biogas power generation, carbon emissions trading, ecological restoration and other renewable energy development and utilization of landfill site. We can meet customer needs in solid waste treatment, resource recovery and environmental management. We own more than 40 developed emission reduction projects such as CDM project, gold VER project and CCER project. More>>

10/17/2018
American Biogas Council Announces 2018 Biogas Industry Award Winners
Tuesday, at its annual conference, the American Biogas Council announced the winners of the Biogas Industry Awards, presented at a sold out dinner celebration at BIOCYCLE REFOR18. Thirty-three awards were presented to exceptional technology innovations and biogas projects across the industry in the agricultural, municipal and merchant sectors. More>>

10/16/2018
AD Owners/Operators: Please answer this survey for UMD
You are invited to participate in a research study about anaerobic digestion adoption in the US. The purpose of the research is to better understand financial and policy barriers to anaerobic digestion implementation in the US. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. More>>

10/16/2018
Amp Americas opens country's largest dairy renewable natural gas project
Jasper County site will convert 945 tons of manure per day generated from 16,000 head of milking cows into 100% renewable transportation fuel...Executive Andy Dvoracek from ABC member Camco Clean Energy Joins ABC member Amp Americas as VP Business Development. More>>

10/16/2018
MN county commissioners expected to consider a new organics ordinance
[Video report] The Minnesota Hennepin County Board of Commissioners is expected to consider a new ordinance by the end of the year to require businesses to recycle organic waste. More>>

10/16/2018
Welcome New Member: WorleyParsons!
WorleyParsons is a global EPCM firm with a broad background of experience in energy and minerals.We provide our customers with a wide range of consulting and advisory services, and deep technical expertise across multiple projects. Our integrated offerings cover full asset management services and engineering, procurement and construction capability. We deliver these outcomes through our four business lines: Advisian, Major Projects, Integrated Solutions and Services. More>>

10/15/2018
As New Jersey rethinks food waste policy, role of landfills a key question
Between an overdue reduction plan and a unique proposed diversion mandate, the state is on a different path than many of its Northeast neighbors. [This is the most comprehensive summary of the attempts to develop an organics recycling policy in NJ we've seen.] More>>

10/15/2018
Benson, MN working with renewable energy firm to purchase former Fibrominn facility
City officials in Benson, Minnesota will be learning soon how much of the former Benson Power biomass facility will be dismantled and removed, but they are hoping that a large portion remains. ABC member Brightmark Energy is working with the city of Benson in hopes of converting the site to a refinery to make biogas using animal waste and possibly other organic material as the raw material, according to Rob Wolfington, Benson city manager. The company would supply the biogas to either of two, large-capacity pipelines that are in close proximity to the plant. More>>

10/15/2018
Bio gas systems offer a fix to hog waste problems
[Op-Ed by ABC member Duke University] The vulnerability of hog lagoons is not news. In Hurricane Floyd, six lagoons were damaged and 55 others flooded. We spent $1.5 billion cleaning up after Hurricane Matthew. Now we will have to spend billions more, some of which could have been avoided. Let's heed Florence's message by using limited cleanup dollars proactively to prepare farmers for future emergencies with a solution that benefits everyone now. More>>

10/14/2018
GESS International Caps String of Biogas Announcements in NC with Lead Sponsorship of Renewable Energy Conference
Having announced plans for seven biogas and other renewable energy projects throughout North Carolina, ABC member GESS International is the lead sponsor of 2018's BioCycle conference in Raleigh, Oct. 15-18. The event brings together business people and thought leaders from around the country working to advance the economic and environmental benefits of bioenergy. More>>

10/14/2018
Green Energy Sustainable Solutions commits to 4th biogas plant in eastern NC
Green Energy Sustainable Solutions, which established its corporate headquarters earlier this year in Raleigh, is moving ahead with plans to build a fourth biogas plant in eastern North Carolina. Also known as GESS International, the company said earlier this week a $35 million plant would be constructed in Robeson County. The facility will create more than 30 jobs, it says. More>>

10/14/2018
Ohio waste authority adopts 'collaborative initiative' to tackle food waste
The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) announced on Oct. 9 the launch of its Central Ohio Food Waste Initiative, a program that intends to bring together business leaders and other stakeholders to develop an action plan for reducing and diverting food waste. More>>

10/12/2018
Anaerobic Digest from BioCycle Magazine's October Issue
Montpelier, Vermont: Phosphorus Innovation Challenge Awards; Boston, Massachusetts: Permitted Food Waste Digestion Capacity; Salem, Oregon: Biogas And Renewable Natural Gas Inventory; Los Angeles, California: RNG Role In Clean Air Goals More>>

10/12/2018
PAYT Paves Way To Zero Waste
[BioCycle Magazine] Pay As You Throw (PAYT), a proven global waste metering system, is the vital first step to reaching Zero Waste. PAYT, or unit-based pricing, is the single most effective way to educate and motivate residents to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost. After all, what is the difference between unit-based pricing for electricity, water and/or natural gas in our households and doing the same for garbage? More>>

10/12/2018
2018 Energy Vision Awards Honor Leading Adopters and Advocates of Renewable Natural Gas
At its awards reception in Manhattan this week, the NGO and ABC member Energy Vision honored business and government leaders and advocates who are speeding adoption of renewable natural gas (RNG) made from organic waste. RNG is the lowest–carbon fuel available, and net carbon-negative as a transportation fuel. More>>

10/12/2018
Minnesota Utility Proposes Biogas Pilot Program
CenterPoint Energy of Minnesota filed a request with the Minnesota Public Utility Commission for a new pilot program in which its natural gas customers could purchase renewable natural gas, also known as biogas, as fuel for home heating and cooking... If approved, the pilot program CenterPoint requested on August 23 could begin as early as the spring of 2019 and would make the utility one of the first in the country to offer its customers the option of purchasing renewable natural gas for a higher rate, or "green tariff," than traditional natural gas...Although the program would help the utility meet Minnesota's renewable energy mandate, the company's decision to incorporate RNG into its energy mix was not driven by that mandate but is in response to customer demand, particularly requests from Millennials. More>>

10/11/2018
GESS International Caps String of Biogas Announcements in NC with Lead Sponsorship of Renewable Energy Conference, Oct. 15-18
Having announced plans for seven biogas and other renewable energy projects throughout North Carolina, GESS International is a lead sponsor of 2018's BioCycle conference in Raleigh, Oct. 15-18. The event brings together business people and thought leaders from around the country working to advance the economic and environmental benefits of bioenergy. With their contributions to biogas utilization expanding across four other states -- Missouri, Texas, Illinois, and Colorado -- GESS is poised to be a leading presence at the conference.In 2007, North Carolina required utility companies to draw 0.2 percent of their power from swine biogas as part of the state's push towards a clean energy initiative. As we move closer to the BioCycle Conference, GESS is focused on the future of renewable energy, and with support from the American Biogas Council, Biogas, and Capstone Turbine, GESS International is working towards helping the state fulfill the energy initiative. More>>

10/11/2018
Regenis' Projects Finalists For Biogas Industry Awards
Ferndale, WA--Two Whatcom County dairy digester projects built by agricultural waste solutions company, Regenis, have been nominated as finalists for the American Biogas Council's Project of the Year Awards, which will be handed out at a ceremony on October 16th in Raleigh, North Carolina...Regenis installed the FPE digester at the Vander Haak Dairy in 2004. It was the first dairy digester in Washington State and has had a historic 13-year runtime until this past year when upgrades to its roof were completed...The Edaleen mixed plug-flow digester was installed in 2012 and also has a 100 percent runtime. More>>

10/11/2018
Welcome New Member: Womble Bond Dickinson!
Womble Bond Dickinson is a transatlantic law firm with more than 1,000 lawyers based in 26 UK and US office locations. The firm provides core legal services including: Commercial, Corporate, Employment, Pensions, Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Finance, Banking, Restructuring, Insolvency, IP, Technology and Data, Private Wealth, Projects, Construction and Infrastructure, Real Estate and Regulatory Law. The firm has a particular focus in Energy & Natural Resources. More>>

10/11/2018
Clean Energy And BP To Expand Renewable Natural Gas Supply Agreement
BP and Clean Energy Fuels Corp today announced an agreement which will secure an increased supply of renewable natural gas (RNG) for Clean Energy through Clean Energy's extensive fueling infrastructure as more fleets are requesting the clean fuel. The agreement enables BP to flow larger volumes to Clean Energy stations as the supply of RNG is expected to rapidly grow over the next several years with a number of new RNG production facilities under construction and more announced. More>>

10/10/2018
Looking for an experienced Professional Engineer (PE)--Biogas & Anaerobic Digestion in Warrenton, VA
ABC member ITility is looking for a Professional Engineer with experience in design and development of anaerobic digesters. The Principal Engineer will occupy a unique role as the ITility's Renewable Energy team keeps growing. The PE will have the creative freedom to develop innovative technologies that promote sustainable organic waste management and harness biomethane energy potential. More>>

10/9/2018
Waste Company is First to Inject Biogas into California Pipeline
Waste management company and ABC member CR&R Environmental has launched the first commercial-scale California operation to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) for injection into that state's pipeline. And there are other "firsts" associated with the $55 million project. More>>

10/9/2018
Using the food wasted in New York City
Some of the collected food waste is sent to the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Brooklyn. At this treatment plant, the food is combined with traditional sludge from the wastewater treatment process in order to be digested and to create methane. About 40 percent of the methane produced is used to run the plant, and the remaining methane produced is currently being burned off. However, Newtown Creek Plant is partnering with National Grid in order to process the extra methane into biogas that can be used in pipelines for both businesses and residents. The plant processes about 250 tons of food waste a day but has the capacity to process 500 tons per day. More>>

10/9/2018
2018 Biogas Project of the Year Finalists Unveiled
Today, the American Biogas Council announced the 2018 finalists for the biogas industry's Project of the Year Awards. These finalists each offer a unique example of how innovative approaches, technologies, or partnerships with biogas systems can create new investments and jobs while protecting our air, water and soil and producing renewable energy and soil products. Winners will be announced at the ABC Biogas Industry Awards & Dinner Tuesday, October 16 at BioCycle REFOR18 in Raleigh, NC. A few tickets are still available. More>>

10/9/2018
After delays, Rhode Island's first anaerobic digester set to open [in a few months]
Once operational, the facility will have capacity to process up to 249 tons of organics each day. The biogas generated from the digester will produce 3.2 MW of electrical output. Orbit Energy Rhode Island, which is co-owned by ABC member Blue Sphere and Entropy Investment Management, runs the project. Both are based in Charlotte, North Carolina. More>>

10/8/2018
Synergy Biogas Welcomes the Public to Tour Facility
Covington, NY--ABC member Synergy Biogas opened its doors and welcomed the Wyoming County community to its anaerobic digestion plant on Saturday, September 29th. Tours of the facility were given by staff members and students from RIT were on hand to present the research work pertaining to anaerobic digestion. More>>

10/6/2018
Toter expands organics line
Toter announced that it has introduced two new products to its full line of organics carts, containers and bins: a 32-gallon organics caster cart and a 32-gallon organics two-wheel cart with rotationally molded lids for commercial use. These products were designed specifically to withstand the added burden of collecting heavy, wet organic waste, while being designed to fit in tight spaces. More>>

10/6/2018
Closure of burner could send Twin Cities trash back to the dump
Great River Energy says it will close its Elk River waste-to-energy operation if no one steps forward to buy it by this fall. The two likeliest bidders -- Minnesota's Anoka County and Hennepin County -- aren't interested. If the incinerator and metal recovery facility close, more than 250,000 tons of extra trash will likely head instead to the region's landfills. More>>

10/4/2018
Inside WM's new $30M RNG facility
In 2014, the company commissioned its first "pipeline-quality" renewable natural gas (RNG) facility at its Milam Landfill in East St. Louis, Illinois. Then, in June, the company made news with the opening of its $30 million Outer Loop Recycling and Disposal Facility in Louisville, Kentucky, where methane produced by its Outer Loop Landfill is converted into pipeline-quality RNG. More>>

10/4/2018
NMPF Announces Staff Changes to Help Reinforce Organization's Reach and Impact
The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), an ABC member, today announced several staff changes that will strengthen and expand NMPF's services to its members and the nation's dairy producer community. Chris Galen, NMPF's long-time head of communications, is assuming a new role as Senior Vice President of Member Services and Strategic Initiatives...Alan Bjerga, formerly a journalist with Bloomberg, joins NMPF as its new Senior Vice President of Communications...Mulhern also announced that Jaime Castaneda, NMPF's long-time head of strategic initiatives and trade policy, will become Senior Vice President of Policy Strategy and International Trade...In addition, Nicole Ayache has joined National Milk as Director of Sustainability Initiatives. More>>

10/3/2018
Cows To Cars? It's Happening
Creating a highway humming with hydrogen cars has been a dream of scientists, policymakers and environmentalists for decades. Today, thanks to the dairy cow, we are closer than ever to making it a reality. [By ABC member, Craig Frear, Regenis] More>>

10/1/2018
Con Edison Proposing New 'Smart' Solutions for Gas Reliability, Environmental Benefits
Con Edison is proposing to invest in renewable natural gas and offer new incentives for customers who upgrade their heating equipment or install heat pumps to reduce natural gas usage. The company's proposal comes at a time when the need for natural gas has grown rapidly in New York City and Westchester County. More>>

10/1/2018
Cow Power - The Film
Can digesters can make sense for SMALLER dairies? An innovative "opt-in" program in Vermont paved the way for over a dozen digesters at farms that milk less than 800 cows... [Video, sponsored by DVO. 55:24] More>>

9/30/2018
Letter urges EPA to process eRIN applications
The owner of a biomass power facility in California is asking the U.S. EPA to process applications from biomass power producers who want to participate in the Renewable Fuel Standard program..."Our plant is the only facility in the region, other than out-of-state landfills, that is able to receive high fire-risk biomass," More>>

9/28/2018
Oregon could produce one-fifth of its natural gas with renewable green energy
State Department of Energy issues report charting the potential for developing the industry here. Oregon could meet as much as one-fifth of its current natural gas needs with locally produced renewable natural gas, according to a new report by the Oregon Department of Energy. More>>

9/27/2018
Farm bill negotiators eye lame duck for deal
The four lead farm bill negotiators failed to reach a deal in time to avert Sunday's expiration of the 2014 law, but they emerged Wednesday from their first face-to-face meeting in nearly two weeks to say they are committed to finalizing an agreement that Congress can consider following the mid-term elections. More>>

9/26/2018
What's next for the farm bill?
It's now clear that Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway will not be able to live up to their promises to pass a new farm bill before the 2014 law expires Sunday. That might be considered a failure of Republican leadership, but Congress has failed so often to pass a five-year bill on time that it's no big deal. The major farm and nutrition programs will still function, at least until December, although some smaller programs will lose their authorization Sunday. More>>

9/26/2018
Moving The Biogas Needle In North Carolina
BioCycle Editor Nora Goldstein took the pulse of the anaerobic digestion and biogas sectors in North Carolina ahead of BioCycle REFOR18. Could North Carolina serve as a national model for how to catalyze the biogas economy? More>>

9/26/2018
Organic Waste Bans And Recycling Laws To Tackle Food Waste
The Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC), with support from the Center for EcoTechnology (CET), conducted an analysis of existing and proposed organic waste bans, studying the policies themselves as well as the experiences of states and localities in implementing and enforcing these policies. A toolkit presenting this research will be released in fall 2018. More>>

9/25/2018
Natural Gas Utilities And RNG -- State Of Play
The BioCycle REFOR18 Conference Wednesday, October 17 agenda includes this session organized by the American Biogas Council: Natural Gas Utilities And RNG -- State Of Play Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Quality Specifications Karen Crippen, Gas Technology Institute Utility RNG Program, State RNG Interconnect Guide McKenzie Schwartz, National Grid Requirements To Connect RNG To Natural Gas Distribution Systems David Nestor, Piedmont Natural Gas More>>

9/25/2018
Welcome New Member: CleanBay Renewables
CleanBay Renewables is a renewable natural gas (RNG), power and nutrient recovery company focused on the development, and long term operation of RNG, electricity and nutrient recovery plants in the U.S. We are an early leader in establishing projects that combine anaerobic digestion and nutrient recovery technologies with a focus on poultry litter. More>>

9/24/2018
Detroit Dirt Turns Detroit Zoo Digestate into Compost.
Detroit Dirt also takes solid, organic waste from the Detroit Zoo, a product derived from food and herbivore manure that's already begun breaking down after going through a biodigester to produce methane gas and bio fertilizer for the zoo. Typically, the waste that comes from the zoo every other week is ready to go in someone's garden after another 30-40 days of decomposing on Detroit Dirt's property, Murray said. More>>

9/24/2018
Why Anaerobic Digestion Is Becoming the Next Big Renewable Energy Source
"Anaerobic digestion is fascinating because it's a relatively easy, natural way of turning a broad variety of complex waste into a simple fuel gas," says David Babson, a technology manager at the U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office. "Closing waste loops and recovering energy from waste presents a profound opportunity to simultaneously improve waste management and address climate change." More>>

9/23/2018
Biogas Producer Sees RNG Gold in Kansas, Proposes $100M Complex
A Michigan-based biogas producer with European ties thinks there is gold in the agricultural waste of Kansas, where it is proposing to build a $100 million production complex in the heart of the Heartland to produce renewable natural gas (RNG). More>>

9/21/2018
How would the widespread adoption of lagoon digesters change the impact from hurricanes?
With all the rain on the east coast recently, this is a good time to recall the main benefits of covering manure lagoons: produce more biogas, prevent GHG emissions, kill odor, keep the rain out. Here's an example of a project the American Biogas Council awarded in 2016 for setting an excellent example for how farms with manure lagoons can upgrade their facility to generate more revenue and make their operation more resilient and environmentally friendly. More>>

9/20/2018
California Commits To 100 Percent Clean Energy By 2045
The bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown makes California the second U.S. state to make such a bold pledge. Hawaii made the same pledge in 2015 More>>

9/20/2018
Changes to Clean Energy Board of Directors
Clean Energy Fuel Corp today announced that it has added two senior executives from Total S.A. to its Board of Directors. Total, one of the largest energy companies in the world, purchased a 25% stake in Clean Energy through Total Marketing in June of this year. [Clean Energy is an ABC member] More>>

9/20/2018
Florence Flooding Hits North Carolina Hog Farms Hard
More than 5,000 animals have died and dozens of waste lagoons have overflowed....Mr. Curliss said farmers moved 20,000 hogs to higher ground, which prevented a higher death toll. "From our point of view, there's a lot of heroics," he said, adding that media reports of damage to several of the state's 3,300 active hog-waste lagoons was exaggerated. More>>

9/20/2018
Time is Running Out: The U.S. Landfill Capacity Crisis
The first, the growing crisis in the US recycling industry precipitated by the closure of China's market to materials recovered from other parts of the world, has been reported extensively. What is not receiving as much attention is the looming shortage of landfill capacity in the United States. Based on data collected by Waste Business Journal, over the next five years, total landfill capacity in the U.S. is forecast to decrease by more than 15%. This means that by 2021 only 15 years of landfill capacity will remain. However, in some regions it could be only half that. More>>

9/20/2018
Biogas plant beefs up dairy farm's green credentials
A new biogas upgrading plant is expected to significantly reduce methane emissions from a dairy facility in the US. Wartsila's Puregas Solutions has signed a contract to supply a turnkey biogas upgrading plant to an Oregon site, with plans to upgrade an existing anaerobic digester (AD) to produce biomethane. More>>

9/20/2018
Plants growing at Ohio medical marijuana company, first crop expected in February
Since Ohio weather isn't as mild as places such as California or Mexico, the farm is all indoors. It is not using greenhouses, either, and must rely on lights to initiate photosynthesis. It uses a unique form of energy - generated from food, oils and even sewer sludge - from a nearby biogas plant built and run by ABC member quasar energy group. More>>

9/20/2018
Study Shows Long-Term Viability of RNG in California
The University of California-Riverside's Center for Renewable Natural Gas (CRNG) issued a glowing report on California's potential for producing RNG through an extensive network of landfills and dairies. "The study shows that RNG from existing resources can play a key role in helping the state achieve its climate and renewable energy goals," said lead author Arun Raju. [Featuring ABC members CR&R and Energy Vision] More>>

9/19/2018
Florence Engulfs Hog Farms And Chicken Houses, Thrashing North Carolina Agriculture
Before the hurricane, many were worried about thousands of open-air ponds where farmers store manure from their hogs, allowing the waste to decompose. According to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, as of noon on Sept. 18, the walls on four of these "lagoons" had failed, allowing manure to escape. More>>

9/19/2018
Pennsylvania announces $5M for dairy farmers
The funding was made available under the Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program, which helps farmers to modernize or expand their operations. Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said the grants will help dairy producers diversify their businesses and strengthen operations to keep up with the increasingly competitive market. More>>

9/19/2018
Lawmakers struggle to finish farm, spending bills
Farm bill negotiators are in danger of missing their deadline for agreeing on a new measure before the 2014 farm law expires Sept. 30 after failing to reach a deal last week. Meanwhile, House and Senate appropriators are struggling to wrap up negotiations on some key policy disputes in order to get a package of appropriations bills important to agriculture on President Donald Trump's desk by Oct. 1, the start of the 2019 fiscal year. Complicating lawmakers' plans: The House is not in session this week, and the Senate will be out on Wednesday for Yom Kippur. More>>

9/19/2018
Welcome New Member: Green Energy Sustainable Solutions, Inc. (GESS)
Green Energy Sustainable Solutions, Inc. (GESS) develops Biogest anaerobic digesters and is a distributor of Capstone micro-turbines. GESS' team has been in the energy industry since 1997 with over 350 implemented projects worldwide including distributed generation, demand side efficiency, and alternative fleet fueling solutions. More>>

9/19/2018
SoCalGas to Offer Renewable Natural Gas at its Fueling Stations for the First Time
Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced it will soon begin using renewable natural gas for the first time at the 25 utility-owned natural gas vehicle fueling stations across its service territory, as well as at six fueling stations in the San Diego area. Last month, the utility received approval from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for a pilot program to purchase the renewable fuel and capture the additional environmental credits generated. Today, it published a Request for Offer (RFO), and expects to complete gas purchase agreements in the near future. More>>

9/18/2018
BIOCYCLE REFOR18 Conference Updates: Join us for ABC's Official Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, October 15-18, 2018
Raleigh fared much better than initially expected from Tropical Storm Florence, according to news reports. The Conference hotel, Raleigh Marriott Crabtree, is ready to host the 18th Annual BioCycle Conference on Renewable Energy from Organics Recycling. Please note the hotel room block will be released on Monday, September 24, so book your room at the special Conference rate of $149/night today. Use the hotel link on the conference website or call (919) 781-7000 BIOCYCLE REFOR18 is organized by the Editors of BioCycle magazine. And is also the Official Conference of the American Biogas Council. This is the only national biogas conference for the biogas industry, featuring hands-on information and tools on advancing production of renewable power, fuel and soil amendments, food waste management. Make valuable connections and take advantage of many networking opportunities to maximize your success in biogas, anaerobic digestion, and composting. Register now while space is still available. Contact ABC for special Member Discount on Conference registration. More>>

9/18/2018
Can Sanitation go green?
Compared to ordinary diesel, biomethane, when produced from food waste or cow manure, can cut greenhouse gas emissions from 125% to 300%. That's because it diverts waste that would otherwise give off methane -- a potent greenhouse gas -- as it decomposes. [Featuring ABC members Energy Vision and Waste Management] More>>

9/17/2018
Xebec's Biogas Upgrading System Selected for Toronto RNG Project
In July, Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc (Enbridge) announced a joint project with the City of Toronto to construct the City's first Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) facility, located at the Dufferin Solid Waste Management site. Further to that announcement, ABC member Xebec is pleased to add that we will be the supplier for the turn-key biogas upgrading system that will help turn the City's organic waste into clean energy. More>>

9/16/2018
What's going down in west central Wisconsin's dairy industry
Finding a definitive solution or even a definitive reason for the depressed milk market might mean wading through a big pile of manure. In the mix is a confusing and volatile milk pricing system, tight farming budgets, newly imposed tariffs, contradictory farming regulations and a weary outlook on dairy farming's future. The life of a price-taker. "Farmers are in a unique spot, in that they get what's left over. I don't think people understand that," Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery CEO Paul Bauer said. More>>

9/14/2018
Wartsila/Puregas Solutions' biogas upgrading plant from will significantly reduce methane emissions from US dairy facility
Puregas Solutions, a part of the technology group Wartsila, has been contracted to supply a turnkey biogas upgrading in Oregon. The Puregas solution will process 3100 cfm (cubic feet per minute) of biogas from the anaerobic digestion of manure from more than 50,000 dairy cows. More>>

9/14/2018
Trump says Democrats stalling farm bill, work requirement a must
"Senator Debbie Stabenow and the Democrats are totally against approving the Farm Bill. They are fighting tooth and nail to not allow our Great Farmers to get what they so richly deserve. Work requirements are imperative and the Dems are a NO. Not good!" Trump wrote on Twitter. [BUT] The U.S. Senate in June passed a sweeping bipartisan farm bill [with Sen Stabenow co-leading that effort]. More>>

9/13/2018
Reminder: Sunday is the last day to apply for Biogas Project of the Year!
The American Biogas Council's annual awards are coming up next month. Nominate a project, product, technology, or special individual to win an award at ABC's Biogas Industry Awards Dinner at BIOCYCLE REFOR17. More>>

9/13/2018
Hog Farmers in Florence's Path Working Overtime to Prepare
With Hurricane Florence headed toward North Carolina and the largest concentration of hog farms in the nation, hundreds of farmers are hastily trying to stave off disaster by stockpiling feed, draining waste lagoons and moving animals to higher ground....He estimated that today, lagoons at farms across the state can handle 25 inches of rain. Up to 40 inches of rain could fall in some areas of the state, according to the National Hurricane Center. More>>

9/12/2018
D.C. Water aims to redefine meaning of 'sludge'
The digesters at DC Water, an ABC member, convert organic matter into methane, which is used to generate electricity to power the plant, and Class A biosolids, marketed by the name Bloom, which are applied to the land. Bloom is sold in small quantities to homeowners for garden and lawn use and in bulk quantities to soil blenders, landscapers, governments and farmers... In Maryland, Charles County farmer Steve Walter began using Bloom on his crops last year. He said so far, he's been pleased. More>>

9/12/2018
Livestock producers need help to expand biofuel production
A Des Moines Register op-ed by Bryan Sievers, a farmer, former Republican politician, ABC member and new ABC Director: President Trump and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue have professed to be champions of rural America, promoting economic development and revitalization, job growth, infrastructure, innovation and improving our quality of life. Recently, in Iowa, Perdue pledged on behalf of the president, to "Make the RFS Great Again," reaffirming their promise to American agriculture. I've got an idea of how to do just that. More>>

9/11/2018
Human wastewater valuable to global agriculture, economics
It may seem off-putting to some, but human waste is full of nutrients that can be recycled into valuable products that could promote agricultural sustainability and better economic independence for some developing countries... "Most of the population centers we looked at throughout the U.S. don't appear to be the best candidates," Trimmer said. "For example, places like New York and Boston are too far from intense agriculture areas. However, the Midwest -- Chicago in particular -- did a bit better in our analysis." More>>

9/11/2018
Bloom Energy to Preview Solution for Generating Clean Electricity From Landfill, Waste Water and Agricultural Biogas
Bloom Energy will preview a new high-efficiency, Bloom Energy Server-based solution for generating clean electricity from waste biogas at the CA Bay Area Air Quality Management District Climate Tech Marketplace in San Francisco on September 13th. Bloom will show how a standard Bloom Energy Server integrated with a new biogas clean-up module can generate clean electricity from biogas emitted by landfill, agricultural, waste and water treatment processes. More>>

9/11/2018
Moving The Biogas Needle
Can North Carolina serve as a national model for how to catalyze the biogas economy? BioCycle Editor Nora Goldstein took the pulse of the anaerobic digestion and biogas sectors in North Carolina in advance of BioCycle REFOR18, the only National Conference for the Biogas Industry, Oct. 15-18, 2018 in Raleigh. Also, the Official Conference of the American Biogas Council. The answer? YES -- North Carolina has all the ingredients to move the biogas needle, including organic waste in need of alternative management solutions, and a Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard with a carve-out for poultry and swine waste-derived energy. How much delay in progress will be caused by a June ruling by the NC Utility Commission? Will this ruling throw a temporary wrench into project developers' plans to inject Renewable Natural Gas into the grid? Are the right stakeholders at the table to keep moving the biogas needle ahead? Join us in Raleigh during Conference sessions on October 16 and 17 to get the inside scoop. More>>

9/11/2018
Biogas Safety: Worker's torch set off methane explosion at water treatment plant, injuring 10
When accidents happen, it's a good time to remind ourselves of the need to always stay vigilant on safety and to set that example for others. If you're interested in providing digester safety training to your personnel, please contact us for the next training we will offer. More>>

9/10/2018
CA Governor Brown Signs 100 Percent Clean Electricity Bill, Issues Order Setting New Carbon Neutrality Goal
CA Governor Brown has signed SB 100 (de León) which increases the state's renewable electricity (RPS) requirement from 50 to 60 percent by 2030. SB 100 also requires the CA PUC to plan for 100 percent renewable and/or zero carbon power by 2045, but that is a planning goal and not a mandate. The Governor has also issued an Executive Order calling on the state to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045. More>>

9/10/2018
Biogas projects popping up everywhere--are they the magical solution we've been looking for?
It's not just you...it's true, talk of gas is popping up everywhere. But it's no longer a ssshh'd conversation whispered in the bathroom of a Mexican restaurant after eating too many bean burritos. It's mainstream conversation now thanks to the growth of biogas around the world. And thanks to rainbow-farting unicorn memes of course. More>>

9/9/2018
From pigs to prairie grass: Missouri company seeks new biogas feedstock
A St. Louis alternative energy company has started the second phase of an ambitious biogas project in northern Missouri that aims to turn prairie plants from marginal farmland into renewable natural gas. ABC member Roeslein Alternative Energy, in a partnership with Smithfield Foods and a group of Midwest universities, has begun converting the first of a thousand acres of lower quality farmland to prairie grasses. More>>

9/7/2018
Welcome New Member: Xebec Adsorption Inc.!
Xebec Adsorption Inc. is a global provider of biogas upgrading equipment. Xebec's mission is to ensure their customers receive the maximum revenue from their biogas stream whether it is from a landfill, wastewater plant, or anaerobic digester. Xebec offers skid or containerized upgrading systems, and with their partners, engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM). Xebec's technology is based on a proven, rapid cycle PSA system which delivers high recovery and gas purity to pipeline specification. Benefits of Xebec's second generation upgrading technology include a one-step process to remove CO2, N2, O2, and H2O. Xebec's upgrading systems ensure low installation and operating costs while at the same time optimizing system uptime and availability. More>>

9/7/2018
EPA asked to process RIN applications for biomass, biogas power
This morning, 111 organizations sent a letter to the EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging the immediate inclusion of renewable electricity in the Renewable Fuel Standard. In 2007, Congress approved the participation in the RFS of electricity produced using renewable feedstocks as fuel, including certain types of biomass, biogas and the biogenic portion of municipal solid waste. Despite this approval and EPA's approval of renewable electricity in 2014, EPA has yet to register facilities and recognize RINs for electricity producers, also known as "eRINs." More>>

9/6/2018
Farm bill joint conference committee meets
The need to provide certainty for farmers and pass an on-time farm bill was repeatedly stated as being the goal when the joint farm bill conference committee -- made up of members from both the House and Senate -- met Wednesday morning for their first joint meeting. No significant headway was made on the differences that exist between the chambers' respective versions of the farm bill, although it was noted that the ability to bridge those differences is manageable, as all of the conferees were allowed time to express their priorities and concerns in three hours of opening statements. More>>

9/6/2018
Welcome New Member: Brazilian Association of Biogas and Biomethane!
The Brazilian Association of Biogas and Biomethane is the ABC's counterpart in Brazil: the trade association for the Brazilian biogas industry. Our mission is promote the definitive insertion of biogas and biomethane in the Brazilian energy matrix, through the development of the various segments involved in its production, regulation and use. More>>

9/6/2018
111 Organizations Sign Letter Urging EPA to Process RIN Applications for Electricity Generated Using Biomass and Biogas Fuel
This morning, 111 organizations sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging the immediate inclusion of renewable electricity in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In 2007, Congress approved the participation in the RFS of electricity produced using renewable feedstocks as fuel, including certain types of biomass, biogas and the biogenic portion of municipal solid waste. Despite this approval and EPA's approval of renewable electricity in 2014, EPA has yet to register facilities and recognize RINs for electricity producers, also known as "eRINs." More>>

9/6/2018
Trump says Congress should pass farm bill with food stamp work requirements
The latest statement from President Trump may help the Farm bill conference committee reach a compromise between the Senate and House versions. More>>

9/5/2018
"Show Me The Money"--RINS and LCFS Credits
A Renewable Natural Gas session at BioCycle REFOR18 called "Show Me The Money": Tapping Lucrative RIN And LCFS Credits will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 16. The session dives into the status and future trends in the RFS RIN market and the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard market, and reviews the content of a good offtake agreement, and how to use RIN and LCFS credits as secure revenue to finance a project. Moderated by Paul Greene of CDM Smith (an ABC Board Director), panelists include Craig Murphy, Brightmark Energy; Paul Niznik, Argus Consulting Services; John Haeckel, Clean Fuel Partners; and Brad Pleima, EcoEngineers. More>>

9/5/2018
Gresham, OR's wastewater treatment plant turns waste into sustainable, money-saving energy
The city of Gresham, OR's wastewater treatment plant, an ABC member, is turning human waste, along with oil, fat and grease from local businesses and restaurants, into pure energy gold. "Several years ago we were really looking at our rising utility costs and limited funds and decided that something really needed to be done to help save taxpayer money and make the plant more sustainable and environmentally friendly," said city spokeswoman Elizabeth Coffey. Coffey said that in three years, the plant has saved the city $1.5 million and been recognized as the first wastewater treatment plant in the U.S. to be certified as Energy Net Zero. [The project also received ABC's Project of the Year award in 2015!] More>>

9/4/2018
Department of Energy Announces 36 Projects for Bioenergy Research and Development
This R&D will enable cost-competitive, drop-in renewable hydrocarbon fuels, bio-based products, and power from non-food biomass and waste feedstocks. At least two projects utilize biogas: High-efficiency Process for RNG Production from Biogas using MOF-based Solid Adsorbents; Cool GTL for the Production of Jet Fuel from Biogas; and Intensified biogas conversion to value-added fuels and chemicals. More>>

9/4/2018
Raleigh company proposes $200M worth of swine-gas plants in NC
A Raleigh company with plans to build seven swine and agricultural waste plants in North Carolina -- including one near Monroe -- has asked regulators to allow it to participate in a pilot biogas program. GESS International Inc., a new ABC member, which moved its headquarters from California to Raleigh last year, says in filings with the N.C. Utilities Commission that each plant would cost about $30 million to build and would employ 16 to 19 workers, once they are in operation. More>>

9/4/2018
Governor recognizes Vermont's top sustainability projects
Vermont Business Magazine What do a brewery, a coffee company, and a semiconductor facility all have in common? These businesses represent some of this year's winners for the Governor's Award of Environmental Excellence. Winner Vermont Coffee Company installed over $1 million in new, energy-efficient equipment and switched from propane to renewable natural gas and Cow Power. Vermont Coffee is now the first U.S. coffee company to use 100% renewable biogas to roast its coffee. More>>

9/4/2018
Welcome New Member: Womble Bond Dickinson!
Womble Bond Dickinson is a transatlantic law firm with more than 1,000 lawyers based in 26 UK and US office locations. The firm provides core legal services including: Commercial, Corporate, Employment, Pensions, Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Finance, Banking, Restructuring, Insolvency, IP, Technology and Data, Private Wealth, Projects, Construction and Infrastructure, Real Estate and Regulatory Law. Womble Bond Dickinson has a particular focus on eleven key sectors: Energy & Natural Resources, Financial Institutions, Healthcare, Insurance, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Retail & Consumer, Transport & Infrastructure, Pharmaceuticals Biotechnology & Life Sciences, Communications & Technology and Private Wealth. More>>

9/2/2018
New Study Advises Policymakers to Consider Renewable Natural Gas for Low-Carbon Buildings Strategy
The analysis forecasts that replacing just 16 percent of the traditional natural gas supply with renewable gas (RNG) captured from sources like dairies, wastewater treatment plants, and landfills, can achieve GHG reductions equivalent to converting 100 percent of buildings to electric only energy by 2030. By using a mix of both in and out of state resources, the renewable natural gas strategy is 3 times more cost effective in reducing GHGs than an electrification pathway. More>>

9/1/2018
Hog-waste plant clears hurdle, but new NC rule threatens future development
Wilmington's Optima BioEnergy, an ABC member, operates North Carolina's only swine-waste biogas plant and had plans for more. Then regulators three a wrench into those plans. More>>

8/30/2018
Letter urges Trump to direct EPA to complete RFS electric pathway
On Aug. 17, the owners of nearly 60 anaerobic digestion (AD) projects sent a letter to President Trump asking him to tell the U.S. EPA to prioritize the development of an electric pathway under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The letter cites efforts by members of Congress to encourage the EPA to take action on an electric pathway under the RFS, and notes that farmers from across the U.S. have testified at two EPA hearings in the past year on the issue and continue to engage the agency on the matter. More>>

8/30/2018
Progress Made on Farm Bill, Including SNAP, Ag Chairman Says
The chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee said lawmakers made progress on the farm bill's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program language, long seen as the bill's biggest stumbling block, after leaders of the House and Senate agriculture panels met today. The full farm bill conference committee will hold its first public meeting Sept. 5. Lawmakers will be racing the clock to get the new farm bill enacted by the Sept. 30 expiration date of the current farm law. The farm bill has 12 titles, including commodity, conservation, and nutrition programs [and the energy title which most directly impacts biogas]. More>>

8/29/2018
Sale of Rosendale Digester at UW-Oshkosh Approved to PA-based REV LNG, LLC
The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Foundation, an ABC member, has sold its Rosendale digester to a Pennsylvania energy company. Fond du Lac County Circuit Judge Richard Nuss today approved the Foundation's plan to sell its Rosendale Biodigester, which converts animal waste into energy, to REV LNG. The sale price was good news for the foundation as the $8.25 million offer is approximately $1.5 million above the $6.75 million it owed on the digester project. More>>

8/29/2018
Welcome New Member: EnviTec Biogas AG!
EnviTec Biogas is committed to quality: As a versatile biogas all-rounder with more than 600 renewable gas projects implemented in 16 countries, EnviTec scores for its customers through efficient and reliable technology, the entire concept engineering, as well as the entire support and maintenance of its custom-tailored biogas and RNG plants. EnviTec also offers its clients the EnviThan upgrading system as an independent system for the production of RNG. More>>

8/28/2018
ABC and BPA Organize Sign-on Letter to Activate eRIN Pathway
Biogas businesses, if you care about EPA activating the already approved eRIN pathway in the RFS, please click on the link below to add your company's name before this Friday, Aug 31. ABC and BPA have expanded this opportunity beyond their membership to include any businesses that want the renewable electricity pathway to be activated by EPA. More>>

8/28/2018
Final Opportunity To Save $50 On Your BioCycle REFOR18 Two-Day Registration
BioCycle REFOR18, The Official Conference of the American Biogas Council, will take place in Raleigh, North Carolina on October 15-18, 2018. Save $50 on your two-day registration by inserting discount code SAVE50 on the payment page during registration. This offer expires Friday, August 31. More>>

8/28/2018
Welcome New Member: Natural Gas Fueling Solutions (NGFS)
NGFS develops, engineers, procures and constructs production and delivery infrastructure for CNG, LNG, Bio Gas, Hydrogen, Electric and Renewable energy as well as traditional fueling sources. Our business initiatives and activities have always focused on and continued to advocate the support and deployment of alternative and renewable fueling infrastructure throughout the USA. We are one of the most active companies building Hydrogen, CNG, LNG and other energy fueling infrastructure coast to coast. Our experience spans across a broad range of industries including Transit Agencies, Waste Management, Public & Government Agencies, Education, National & Private Carriers, and Retail Fuelers to name a few. - (ABC) Energy EPC Development, Development, Design, Construction. Biogas Conditioning projects, downstream fueling projects serving the vehicle industries for production, sale and use of renewable natural gas. More>>

8/28/2018
Philly refiner plans $120M plant to convert food scraps to fuel for trucks and buses
RNG Energy, announced Monday it has formed a joint venture with Philadelphia Energy Solutions, which operates the giant South Philadelphia refinery complex, to build a $120 million digester that can convert more than 1,100 tons of food waste a day into methane gas. More>>

8/28/2018
BioCycle's Anaerobic Digest
A collection of AD news highlights over the last month: Toronto, Ontario: RNG From Green Bin Organics; Detroit, Michigan: First Digester At A North American Zoo; Sacramento, California: Biomethane Specifications; and Olympia, Washington: Manure Management Grants Awarded. More>>

8/28/2018
City of Gresham Wastewater Treatment Plant first in Oregon certified for thermal renewable energy certificates
The Oregon Department of Energy today announced that the City of Gresham Wastewater Treatment Plant, an ABC member and Biogas Project of the Year winner, is the state's first facility to be certified as eligible to earn renewable energy certificates for producing thermal energy. A renewable energy certificate, or REC, is used to certify and track the generation and consumption of renewable energy in Oregon. Tracking RECs helps ensure electric utilities are complying with Oregon's Renewable Portfolio Standard, which requires that at least half the electricity from our largest utilities come from renewable resources by 2040. The Oregon Legislature added thermal energy to the list of eligible resources for RECs in 2016; facilities that produce thermal energy while they generate electricity using biomass can request certification from the Oregon Department of Energy. More>>

8/27/2018
Hennepin County AD RFQ - Deadline Extended to October 5
The due date for responses has been extended to October 5, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. to allow additional time for the County to review and respond to questions posed by prospective responders. Questions will be addressed in a subsequent addendum. For the RFQ, addenda, and other info, view "More." More>>

8/27/2018
8 US cities join global reduction pledge
Intriguing news about 8 US cities joining the list of 23 to make big C40 waste reduction pledges. A lot of the usual suspects (NY, SF, DC) along with at least one surprise. Newburyport, MA. More>>

8/26/2018
New MRF in Maine will include Anaerobic Digestion
Earlier this summer, CP Group, broke ground on the installation of the material recovery facility that will be the front-end system for Fiberight's waste processing and refining facility that features Fiberight's first full-scale biofuels and biogas processing systems. Fiberight's proprietary anaerobic digestion and biogas technology converts organic waste to biofuel and refined bioproducts. Residual waste at the facility will be processed by Fiberight's technology, upgrading the municipal solid waste residue into industrial bioenergy products. More>>

8/26/2018
Welcome New Member: ITility LLC
ITility, LLC is 250+ employee company that operates in the National Capital Region as a Federal Government contractor. We service 8 agencies, both defense and civilian, and hold 29 current contracts. We place high value on innovation and strive to develop new ideas into viable and meaningful enterprises. One area we devote much of this energy to is sustainability, including food waste and animal waste recovery into renewable energy sources. We currently hold a Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) grant to convert chicken litter into energy and reduce the nutrient loading of the Chesapeake Bay. More>>

8/24/2018
Trash talk
What if you could transform sewage and garbage into clean renewable energy? Would you even hesitate? Now a proposal by ABC member Genesis Industrial Group could help Yarmouth reach something akin to the Holy Grail of trash transformation, perhaps even providing the town with an economic incentive as part of the package. The concept is to build a multimillion-dollar anaerobic digestion facility on the same site as the Yarmouth Transfer Station and the town's sewage treatment plant. More>>

8/24/2018
EPA: 26.35 million cellulosic RINs generated in July
The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for July, reporting that nearly 1.71 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 26.35 million cellulosic RINs. [With 288 million cellulosic RINs required for 2018--24 million/month--that's right on pace.] More>>

8/23/2018
MD WRRF biogas system will include Cambi's advanced thermal hydrolysis process
The design-build team has been selected for the first phase of Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission's $250 million Piscataway Water Resource Recovery Facility Bio-Energy Project in Prince George's County, Maryland. Upon completion, the facility is projected to help save WSSC customers approximately $3 million per year while vastly expanding the commission's green energy capabilities through increased production of renewable biogas. The facility will be among the first in the country to incorporate the advanced thermal hydrolysis process (THP) from Cambi,Inc., an ABC member. More>>

8/23/2018
Hennepin County exploring anaerobic digestion for organics
Hennepin County, MN, an ABC member, is exploring the potential of processing organic waste through anaerobic digestion. The county is looking to find an entity that could process at least 25,000 tons of organic waste annually via anaerobic digestion. It's requesting that potential vendors for the project submit their qualifications and preliminary plans for anaerobically digesting the waste by early September. More>>



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