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Florida Regulators OK RNG for Utility Pipes
The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) on Tuesday approved integrating renewable natural gas (RNG), or biomethane, with traditional gas utility pipeline supplies. The RNG program was authorized for Peoples Gas System, which would be the first utility in the state to offer biogas producers the option of delivering RNG through the utility distribution pipeline system, similar to action taken in other states. More>>

Residential Food Waste Collection Access In The U.S.
This BioCycle Magazine report covers the states with the most #foodwaste dropoff programs. Get the big picture on the state of food waste collection in the U.S. More>>

CDFA Announces Funding For CA Dairy Digester Development Program
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting applications for the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP). The program, which is funded through California Climate Investment dollars, provides financial assistance for the installation of dairy digesters in California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. More>>

House Agriculture Committee launches Farm Bill webpage, videos
On Dec. 13, the House Agriculture Committee launched a landing page for the 2018 Farm Bill that is designed to provide updates and information related to development of the legislation. "I'm committed to completing a farm bill on time," said House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway, R-Texas. More>>

ABC and 90+ organizations applaud Trump support for biofuels & rally against refinery gimmicks to cut RFS
Recently, the EPA finalized the RVO volumes for 2018 better than expected, but still not to our satisfaction. (See the ABC press releases page for our statement and more detail.) Since then, the refineries have been asking for relief to help their oil profits and Senators like Grassley and Ernst have been pushing back to help our industry and others in biofuels. Now industry is jumping in. See who ABC allied with to create the most leverage possible to support the RFS and our industry. More>>

New app goMkt will connect consumers with excess food in NYC
A new mobile app, goMkt, is launching this week in New York City to connect consumers with restaurants, grocers, cafes and other food service businesses which have excess food product. Retailers can offer "flash sales" to consumers when they have excess food product or if that product is about to pass a "best by" or "use by" date. Users purchase products through the app before picking them up at a retailer. More>>

Dane County, WI leads switch to selling gas made by manure and garbage
On Wednesday, John Haeckel, CEO of ABC member Clean Fuel Partners, joined a group that met with the county's natural gas consultant. Haeckel said if his initial calculations on gas sales hold up, he hopes to purchase gas purification and compression equipment as soon as the county is ready to begin accepting gas. And he wants to increase gas production by 50 percent by activating an idle 1.25-million-gallon digester if he can find farmers to supply more manure, obtain regulatory approvals and secure a market for byproducts. More>>

Welcome New Member: EA Tanks, Inc.
Since 1980, EA Tanks has operated in the municipal, industrial and agricultural marketplace offering complete and comprehensive storage tank solutions, proudly building & maintaining bolted storage tanks, domes and covers. Our experienced crews have installed over 1,800 bolted storage tanks nationwide, providing you with a one-source solution for your storage needs. More>>

Welcome New Member: Stone Hill Contracting Co. Inc.
Established in 1981, Stone Hill Contracting is proud of their heritage, and their "commitment to excellence". Specializing in water and wastewater treatment facilities. Stone Hill has performed work throughout the Mid-Atlantic region from Virginia to Northern New Jersey. Although the majority of their work over the years has focused on the treatment plant field, they have also completed bridge, landfill and water control projects. With a client base mostly in the industrial and municipal markets, Stone Hill is proud to have numerous repeat clients, who have found Stone Hill's teamwork concept of working with the Owner, Design Professional, Suppliers and Subcontractors to be beneficial to all involved parties. More>>

EPA RFS: 2018 Cellulosic Waiver Credit Price Set: $1.96
For any calendar year for which the projected volume of cellulosic biofuel production is less than the applicable volume of cellulosic biofuel set forth in Clean Air Act (CAA), EPA must reduce the required volume of cellulosic biofuel for that year to the projected volume, and must provide obligated parties the opportunity to purchase cellulosic waiver credits (CWC). This document serves the required notice that the Cellulosic Waiver Credit price for 2018 is $1.96. More>>

Trump confirms RFS commitment, Pruitt concerned over fraud, enforcement issues
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said he thought that the RFS needed some work due to issues of fraud, enforcement and fluctuating prices for Renewable Identification Numbers. More>>

North American Demand for Offsets Analysis
With California's cap and trade system in place through 2030 and explicit demand for offsets in the legislation, ABC member The Climate Trust (The Trust) forecasts that North American carbon markets will demand a cumulative $4.86 billion of offsets from 2017 through 2030. More>>

Andgar/Regenis Wins 2017 Green Business of the Year from Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce
[Video | 2:09] The 2017 Green Business of the Year was awarded to Andgar Corporation by the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce. More>>

Hennepin County plans to reach zero waste to landfills
The board adopted the Solid Waste Management Master Plan for 2018-2023 from ABC member Hennepin County in MN. State statute requires metro counties to prepare master plans every six years that identify strategies to meet the state's goal of zero waste landfilled by 2030. The county has made steady progress toward these goals and diverted 82 percent of waste from landfills in 2016, a rate on par with national leaders. A primary focus of the plan is diverting organics from the trash by proposing requirements for cities and certain businesses, increasing local capacity to manage organics and working to prevent food waste. More>>

Seven States Take Big Next Step on Climate: Here's the What, Why, and How
On Monday, November 13, a bi-partisan group of seven states (NY, MD, MA, CT, RI, DE and VT), and the District of Columbia announced that they will seek public input on how to craft a regional solution to greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, now the largest source of CO2 emissions in the region. An announcement to conduct listening sessions may not sound like a big deal, but it is. Here's why: More>>

ABC remains disappointed over EPA's final rule on RFS volumes
The American Biogas Council is glad to see that in keeping with Administrator Pruitt's statement earlier this year, the final volumes for 2018 have been released on time and are not as bad as initially proposed, regarding both the actual volumes for biogas and the counting methodology to derive them. However, we remain disappointed about several elements in the final rule said Patrick Serfass, Executive Director of the American Biogas Council (ABC). More>>

EPA Chief Touts Optimism, RFS Rules And Different Regulatory Philosophy Under Trump
The RFS decisions came after major concerns over the summer by the biofuels industry that the Trump administration would reverse course on biofuels at the behest of the oil industry. Instead, Pruitt was able to tell the Iowa crowd that one of his missions at EPA is to ensure regulatory certainty to industries and states. "When an agency doesn't do its job under the statute, and it doesn't do it for years, you don't know how to allocate capital and you don't know how to make decisions," Pruitt said. More>>

Renewable gas: the hot new fuel from animal waste?
Renewable natural gas is an increasingly popular fuel for transportation companies, thanks to valuable renewable energy credits that can be sold separately, and gas prices that have stayed well below those of diesel. UPS said it has signed agreements buy 11.5 million gallons a year of renewable natural gas (RNG) through 2024, from ABC member Big Ox Energy and AMP Energy. More>>

California's Holy-Cow Idea
"California Regulates Cow Farts," is how a New York Post headline put it, implying it was a wacky move by Governor Jerry Brown. In fact, California's methane law represents a serious attempt by America's biggest dairy state to come to grips with a potent greenhouse gas. More>>

Welcome New Member: Hangzhou Energy & Environmental Engineering Co., Ltd (HEEE)
As the true leader of the biogas industry of China, HEEE offers comprehensive solutions for organic waste management. With more than 200 biogas plants designed and built in China, Thailand, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, and Denmark, we have installed a total of 400 million m3/a biogas production capacity. HEEE developed the largest mixed feedstock co-digestion biogas plant in China as EPC general contractor, producing 100,000 m3/day RNG using cattle manure, straws, vinasse, and fruit/vegetable waste. Founded in 1992, HEEE offers advanced and robust AD technology, equipment, and high quality professional service. HEEE is committed to provide its customers with diversified renewable bioenergy and organic fertilizer products, so the project value can be maximized. Please visit our website for more information. More>>

Welcome New Member: Solutions 4Earth
Solutions 4 Earth is a soil health and environmental science company specializing in next generation, non-toxic nutrients for maximum plant growth and production with favorable ecological impact. More>>

EIA Report: Biogas Made About 0.5% of Total US Electricity Generation in 2016
Biomass and waste fuels generated 71.4 billion kilowatthours of electricity in 2016, or 2% of total generation in the United States, according to EIA's recently released annual electric power data. Of this, 21% came from landfill biogas and biogenic fuels such as biogas from anaerobic digestion. More>>

American Biogas Council Statement on EPA's Final 2018 Fuel Targets
WASHINGTON, D.C.--The American Biogas Council (ABC) released the following statement in response to EPA's final rule on 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard volumes - the Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2018 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2019. More>>

Finalized RFS volumes higher than initially proposed
While the volumes are higher than initially proposed, Midwestern lawmakers aren't entirely satisfied. Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst said she would press the EPA on increasing cellulosic requirements and Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley said the required volumes "fall short of the full potential of the U.S. biofuels industry." More>>

Scott Pruitt's favorite piece of Disney magic: Florida park's anaerobic digester
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt visited Disney World early this week to highlight the park's commitment to sustainability, as reported by The Wall Street Journal. The Disney anaerobic digester, built and operated by ABC member Harvest Power, can process 120,000 tons of food waste annually. Pruitt spent time touring a greenhouse facility and a restaurant kitchen in the Magic Kingdom to observe Disney's food sustainability practices. More>>

E&R Sales, LLC announces name change to Skinner AgSolutions LLC--Effective January 2, 2018
E&R Sales, LLC, a leader in the sale and distribution of agricultural waste management equipment and long-time ABC member, announced today that their name will change to Skinner AgSolutions LLC. This change will become effective January 2, 2018, when they will also unveil their new company web site and brand identity. More>>

Welcome New Member: Duke University!
Duke University, located in Durham, NC, has committed to one of the most aggressive of university climate neutrality commitments, pledging to cancel out its emissions of greenhouse gases by 2024 and every year thereafter. Part of that commitment includes campus energy reduction and efficiency measures, but also includes efforts to replace fossil-fuel use whenever possible. Recognizing the abundant supply of biogas in North Carolina (NC is ranked third nationally in terms of potential biogas production) and a need to catalyze biogas demand, the University has joined the ABC as part of an effort to make biogas available to meet its goal of replacing all campus use of fossil-derived natural gas with renewable natural gas. This effort is in keeping with a long-held commitment to the pursuit of biogas capture, methane destruction and energy production from NC hog farms and other state sources of methane, which started with the installation of the first innovative hog waste management system to qualify for carbon offsets, renewable energy certificates and meet NC's stringent environmental performance standards for new and expanding hog farms. See our website to learn more about the project. You can also access Duke's analysis of the use of directed biogas to meet the NC REPS' swine waste carve out at https://forms.hr.duke.edu/media/sustainability/SwineBiogas.pdf. More>>

Town of Yarmouth RFP to Lease Town Property for Development of an Organics Processing Facility
The Town of Yarmouth, Massachusetts requests proposals to lease, with facility development rights, Town-owned land at 50 Workshop Road in Yarmouth, for the purposes of (a) developing a facility for on-site treatment or handling of residual sludge materials; (b) providing capacity to manage other organic wastes generated on Cape Cod, including biosolids and food waste; and (c) providing other benefits to the Town. The Proposed Facility might utilize anaerobic digestion or composting technology, or other approaches. More>>

Welcome New Member: CommonWealth Resource Management Corporation
Since its founding in 1991, CRMC has developed or provided professional services in support of the development, acquisition and financing of a wide range of landfill gas, waste management, biomass and related resource conservation and utilization projects across the United States. Through a subsidiary, CRMC owns and operates the 3.3-MW Greater New Bedford LFG Utilization Project at the Crapo Hill Landfill in Dartmouth, Massachusetts plus an anaerobic digester co-located with the landfill gas project. Currently, CRMC is in the process of developing an expansion to the AD facility to enable processing and digestion of up to 30,000 gallons per day of feedstock (over a 30-day retention period) in a digester with 1.0 to 1.2 million gallons of holding capacity. More>>

UPS Dramatically Increases Use Of Renewable Natural Gas
In deals that include 3 ABC members, Big Ox/Environmental Energy Capital, Ariel Compressors and Fair Oaks Dairy, UPS signs its biggest RNG contract to date and raises the amount of amount of RNG used in their natural gas vehicles from 8 to 23%! Details... More>>

Novato landfill assists in fighting climate change
With backing from Waste Management, the nation's largest environmental services provider, Redwood Landfill has invested millions of dollars to create programs, modify operations and test new technologies that are already reducing our community's carbon footprint. More>>

Using biogas to clear the air near hog farms
North Carolina tries to mine its swine and deal with a poop problem that keeps piling up. [Featuring ABC Members Gus Simmons from Cavanaugh & Associates, Duke University] More>>

Middlebury College Looks to Food Waste and Manure as New Energy Source
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. --Middlebury College will significantly reduce its carbon footprint thanks to an innovative partnership with Goodrich Family Farm in Salisbury, VT. and two ABC members: Vanguard Renewables, and Vermont Gas. Under the terms of a recently signed agreement, Vanguard Renewables will construct, own, and operate a facility at Goodrich Family Farm that will combine cow manure and food waste to produce Renewable Natural Gas (RNG). Gas produced by the Farm Powered* anaerobic digester will travel by pipeline to Middlebury College's main power plant. Middlebury has agreed to purchase the bulk of the facility's output. More>>

Welcome New Member: Petawawa Biofuel LP
Petawawa Biofuel LP, located in Ontario, Canada, is an independent developer of renewable natural gas projects. Currently Petawawa is developing cellulosic biogas projects in Ontario and British Columbia. Petawawa's first project is undergoing design engineering and permitting. It is located in Dundalk, Ontario. Over 3.7 million cubic meters of pipeline-grade RNG will be available in 2019. More>>

Dane County leads switch to selling gas made by manure and garbage
Dane County plans to stop making electricity with natural gas extracted from heaps of garbage and manure so that it can sell the gas through an interstate pipeline for use as environmentally-friendly automobile fuel. [Featuring ABC members Dane County and Clean Fuel Partners.] More>>

BPA, ABC ask for parity in tax reform package
The Biomass Power Association and American Biogas Council recently partnered with the Energy Recovery Council and National Hydropower Association to ask Congress for tax parity for all renewable technologies in tax reform. On Nov. 7, the four trade groups sent a letter to Rep. Kevin Brady, chairman of... More>>

Biofuel Advocacy Coalition Launches Ad Lauding Trump for RFS Support
Liquid biofuel friends of the ABC have gone on the offensive this week to hold President Trump to his vow to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), particularly now in the face of pressure being mounted by lawmakers from oil-rich states. Renewable fuel advocates launched a new television ad recognizing Trump's "steadfast support for rural communities, farmers, and workers in the biofuel sector," said a press release from Fuels America, a coalition of biofuel-related interests brought together to protect the RFS. "The ad responds directly to oil industry attacks on the president for his long-standing commitment to growth under the [RFS]." More>>

ABC Members DC Water and CDM Smith win award for Innovative Biosolids Management Program
This award is the latest in a number of honors that recognize DC Water for its exemplary biosolids management program. CDM Smith's design of the District's Blue Plains advanced wastewater treatment plant utilized a leadingedge biosolids treatment technology that worked to reduce operating costs, improve energy efficiency and enhance the biosolid product quality and marketability. The facility was the first in the United States to incorporate the thermal hydrolysis process technology from another ABC member, Cambi, to more easily capture and reuse methane from the wastewater treatment process into clean energy. More>>

Xylem's Godwin NS1505 Dri-Prime Pump
Kevin Snow discusses the first-in-series Godwin NC1505, a member of the Godwin S Series from ABC member Xylem that offers unmatched control an piece of mind anytime and anywhere you want to pump. More>>

Groups push for energy incentives in upcoming Senate bill
Arguing they provide "baseload" renewable power, the groups are seeking "parity and a level playing field for all renewable energy technologies" in any tax overhaul, they wrote. The letter, sent by the National Hydropower Association, Biomass Power Association, American Biogas Council and Energy Recovery Council, notes that their facilities previously qualified for half the ITC, as well as the production tax credit for "baseload technologies" that lapsed last year. More>>

Big Ox and its affiliates are hiring
Twenty eight positions currently open between WI, NE and IA. More>>

With Murphy win, N.J. signals left turn on energy
With his victory Tuesday over Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, and with Democrats holding firm majorities in the Legislature, Murphy arrives with the means and will to deliver what greens have wanted for years: to make New Jersey a clean energy leader, in league with California, Massachusetts and New York. More>>

Welcome New Member: Colorado Springs Department of Utilities
Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Utilities is a community-owned enterprise with a 100 year reputation of excellence. As a pioneer in providing four utility services (electric, gas, water, and wastewater) in one enterprise, Colorado Springs Utilities cultivates a work culture dedicated to innovation, collaboration, and work-life balance. More>>

BIOCYCLE WEST COAST18 Call for Papers Open
BIOCYCLE WEST COAST18 is accepting abstracts for conference presentations. BIOCYCLE WEST COAST18, March 26-29, 2018 in San Diego, California, is the only National Organics Recycling Conference focused on accelerating adoption of composting and anaerobic digestion to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate impacts. More>>

WE&RF Enters Research Contract for Food Waste Co-Digestion
The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) recently awarded a contract to ABC member Environmental Law Institute to begin Food Waste Co-Digestion at Wastewater Resource Recovery Facilities: Business Case Analysis (ENER19C17). The project goal is to develop alternative sustainable business cases for wastewater resource recovery facilities to co-digest food waste, including fats, oil, and grease (FOG), food manufacturing residuals, and source separated organics. More>>

Welcome New Member: Sophance, LLC
Sophance is a project development company, focused on AD facilities that generate electricity or RNG. Sophance provides the funds to design, build, own, operate, and maintain its facilities. More>>

DuPont launches biogas enzyme Optimash AD-300
ABC member DuPont Industrial Biosciences recently announced a new enzyme product designed to improve biogas production during anaerobic digestion in the waste water industry: DuPont Optimash AD-300. The announcement comes at the Aquatech Amsterdam conference, where DuPont will be launching the enzyme offering to the industry. The enzyme is immediately available to producers in markets around the world. More>>

American Biogas Council Disappointed by House Tax Reform Package
The American Biogas Council (ABC) released the following statement in response to the introduction of H.R. 1, the House's Comprehensive Tax Reform proposal. The legislation is the first attempt since 1986 to reform both the individual and corporate mandate. More>>

Republican Tax Package Leaves Out "Orphaned" Renewables, Biodiesel
On November 2, House leaders announced their Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1). Among the major proposed changes to the U.S. tax code, there are significant changes to the tax incentives offered to the renewables sector which would chill investments in solar and wind technologies. However, most notably for biomass supporters, the plan does not address the "orphaned" technologies, so-called because they were left out of the last production tax credit (PTC) extension in 2015. More>>

Major US Waste-To-Energy Project Honored For Green Energy Innovation
A major waste-to-energy project in the USA incorporating GWE RAPTOR anaerobic digestion technology has been honored as a Finalist in this year's American Biogas Council Industry Awards. More>>

Renewable energy advocates want to boost the use of biogas
As New York State moves toward its goal of getting 50 percent of the state's energy from renewable sources by 2030, much of the focus is on wind and solar energy. But there's another energy source out there that boosters want to shine a light on. More>>

Memphis-based food maker wins biogas award
Memphis-based Monogram Foods recently won a national clean energy award. The company's biogas system in Martinsville, Viginia, was named "project of the year" by the American Biogas Council. "Monogram Foods takes great pride in winning this prestigious award by being on the cutting edge of generating renewable biogas energy," Monogram CEO Karl Schledwitz said in a news release. More>>

Waste-to-Energy Systems Need to be Valued Fully, Fairly
Congress also has a role to play. Legislation has just been introduced in the House that will extend the renewable electricity tax credit for open- and closed-loop biomass systems and other waste-to-energy technologies, as well as for hydropower and geothermal systems. Tax incentives for biogas and anaerobic digestion technologies expired at the end of 2016, while tax credits for wind and solar electricity resources were continued. With tax reform on the table this year, lawmakers need to remedy that disparity. More>>

California bets on Trump continuing to pay subsidies for Renewable Natural Gas
From the blog of ABC member Climate Trust: Last week, California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced $35 million of grants to build 18 new dairy digesters. This will almost double the number of California digesters. CDFA prioritized the funding of projects that clean biogas and inject it as Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) into the pipeline. Of the 36 grant applications submitted (requesting $75 million in funding), only RNG projects were funded. Nine projects that planned to generate electricity did not receive funding -- even those that promised retrofits on the farm that would lower NOx emissions overall. More>>

Latest Public-Private CNG Transit Fueling Station Opens In Beaver County, PA
Department of Transportation representatives Friday joined officials from ABC member Trillium CNG, Beaver County Transit Agency and local officials in Beaver County to mark opening of the facility at 131 Pleasant Drive, Aliquippa. "This P3 CNG program will make our transit agencies more efficient, saving resources and helping our environment," Gov. Wolf said of the opening. "I'm pleased that with this station, we now have seven CNG stations open." More>>

American Biogas Council Applauds the Introduction of Renewable Electricity Tax Credit Equalization Act (H.R. 4137)
WASHINGTON, D.C.--The American Biogas Council (ABC) released the following statement in response to the introduction of Congresswoman Elise Stefanik's bill, the Renewable Electricity Tax Credit Equalization Act (H.R. 4137) which will extend the renewable electricity tax credit (Sect. 45) for open-loop biomass, closed-loop biomass, hydropower, geothermal and waste to energy technologies. More>>

Lincoln, NE Expects Major Savings by Turning Biogas into Vehicle Fuel
The City of Lincoln, NE has announced it is upgrading its technology to allow the biogas produced by wastewater treatment to be processed into vehicle fuel. Nebraska-based HDR Inc., an ABC member which conducted the preliminary engineering and financial analysis, will proceed with final design work at a cost of $700,000. Total construction cost is estimated at $8 million, with a project payback period of as little as two years. More>>

Clean Energy Expands Fueling Agreements With New And Existing USPS Fleets
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.--ABC member Clean Energy Fuels Corp., (Nasdaq: CLNE) announced that it has signed multiple fueling agreements with United States Postal Service contract-carriers in Florida, New York, Oklahoma, and Texas, increasing the total number of USPS carriers fueling with Clean Energy now to 15. More>>

Generate Capital Raises $200 Million to Back Clean Energy
Generate Capital, an ABC member, is consistently at the new frontier of energy infrastructure, announcing recently one of the market's first solar-plus-storage deployments as part of a program with Sharp Electronics Corporation. Other recent projects include community solar assets in Minnesota, innovative wastewater treatment projects in Northern California, energy-efficient battery storage roll-outs across the U.S., and waste-to-energy facilities in the Midwest and Northeastern U.S. More>>

FERC Commissioner Gives Perspective on the Energy Markets in Light of NOPR
On Friday at the Pierce Atwood Energy Infrastructure Symposium, keynote speaker and FERC commissioner Cheryl LaFleur offered insight into how she would be considering the recently proposed rulemaking (NOPR) that the secretary of Energy issued last month. More>>

ABC Member Air Liquide Credits Biogas Sales Growth in Q3 2017 Report
Global Markets & Technologies revenue amounted to 82 million euros this quarter. This represented an increase of +13.2% on a comparable basis, in line with the two previous quarters. Sales were particularly strong in the maritime and biogas sectors. Moreover, the Group made an acquisition in the biogas sector in Norway this quarter. More>>

Trailer for the documentary: WASTED! The Story of Food Waste
Because of innovative work General Mills is doing at their Murfreesboro, Tennessee, plant, including a digester designed and developed by ABC member H&V Consulting, General Mills was invited to be included in "WASTED! The Story of Food Waste." Wasted! is a documentary, narrated by chef Anthony Bourdain, that recently made its debut in theaters and online. More>>

Examining the efficiency of biofilters for anaerobic digestion
Biofilters are a simple technology commonly used to remove pollutants and odors from air impacted by anaerobic digestion processes. The method has been in use for decades but is it really the best solution? More>>

Palo Alto, CA, Works to Achieve New Organics Waste Diversion Targets
Seven years ago, Palo Alto, Calif., was trying to determine how to manage its organic waste, anticipating the looming closures of its landfill and compost facility. By July 2015 the city had a full-scale residential curbside program to collect yard waste, food scraps and soiled papers. In 2016 it implemented mandatory commercial collection as well, with that program expanding to more businesses annually. Organics collected in the city are sent to Zero Waste Energy Development Co. (ZWED) in San Jose, an ABC member which uses dry anaerobic digestion to process the waste. More>>

Stefanik Introduces Renewable Electricity Tax Credit Equalization Act
Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) introduced the Renewable Electricity Tax Credit Equalization Act legislation to extend tax credits for electricity produced from closed-loop biomass, open-loop biomass, geothermal, municipal solid waste, qualified hydropower facilities and marine and hydrokinetic facilities. More>>

Council Approves Resolution to Declare Lake Erie Impaired
The western basin of Lake Erie, specifically, suffers from pollution. Allegedly, agricultural runoff causes algal blooms in the lake. Although, council members are worried that local wastewater discharge regulations may change due to this issue. The designation would allow EPA to identify the nonpoint sources of pollution in watersheds that drain to the lake. More>>

UPDATE: In letter from Pruitt, EPA says no further lowering of RFS required volumes
The back-and-forth over the RFS will be a debate to watch. Here's some of the latest (as of Monday). More>>

Welcome New Member: Genesis Industrial Group
Genesis Industrial Group is a developer of renewable energy plants, with a strong emphasis on sustainable biogas plant projects. We have aggressive growth plans and are developing projects from the ground up, as well as seeking acquisition targets and additional organic sources for the new development sites. More>>

Welcome New Member: Nacelle
Nacelle is a gas upgrading and services business providing turnkey solutions for biogas projects. More>>

Trident Processes Inc. Receives Prestigious 2018 Canadian Business Excellence Award for Private Business
ABC member Trident Processes has received the prestigious Canadian Business Excellence Award for Private Businesses for 2018. This award is given annually to 25 private businesses across Canada. Trident has commercialized a unique process for recovering and repurposing valuable resources from livestock manure and municipal wastewater. Its technologies recover nutrients and other resources which is a growing focus of agricutural, municipal and industrial wastewater industries. More>>

Monogram's new bioenergy project helps both the company and Martinsville
A local company has been recognized for its efforts to improve the environment. Monogram Snacks in the Patriot Centre industrial park has been named a 2017 finalist for "Project of the Year" by the American Biogas Council. Biogas is a type of fuel generated from decomposing organic waste, such as that produced by food products manufacturers. More>>

Pruitt commits to strong RFS, maintaining the point of obligation
[ABC note: This is a good signal, but not yet cause for celebration. Let's see what the final rule says.] On Oct. 19, U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt sent a letter to seven senators indicating the agency is expected to set final 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard blending obligations at or above proposed levels. Pruitt also said the EPA will issue a final rule maintaining the current point of obligation within 30 days. More>>

Metro (Oregon) narrows down list of processers to firms proposing to build in Portland and Wilsonville
The Portland area is in line to get its first plant that recycles food scraps by converts it into energy, either in the city of Portland or in Wilsonville. Metro, which received seven proposals this summer to build such a plant, has narrowed the contenders down to two: Waste Management of Oregon Inc. and SORT Bioenergy LLC, according to Ken Ray, Metro spokesman for solid waste matters. More>>

DMT Upgrades Biogas to RNG in Hawaii
DMT Clear Gas Solutions is going to supply the biogas upgrading technology for the waste water treatment plant on Hawaii. 2.8% of the gas used in Hawaii will now come from a renewable source and is upgraded using DMT Clear Gas Solutions Upgrading technology. This project is equivalent to reducing the need for nearly 15,000 barrels of oil and reducing greenhouse gases produced by 400 cars annually. More>>

U.S. Forest Service, Biomass Power Association Mark Fifth Annual Bioenergy Day with Record Participation
In honor of the Fifth Annual Bioenergy Day, 60 organizations across the United States and Canada are participating in events today to recognize the economic and environmental benefits of using organic materials (also known as biomass) to produce heat, power and fuels. More>>

Native American Leaders Meet In Milwaukee, Push For Climate Action
Frustrated by the lack of action at the federal level, Jodi Gillette, former senior policy advisor for Native American Affairs in the Obama administration, said some tribes aren't waiting for Washington. One example being the low-carbon energy generation by the Forest County Potawatomi, an ABC member. "They have 30 kilowatts of solar on top of their tribal building. They're adding 5 megawatts of power to power their casino. And they're piping in the biogas generation plant heat back into their water system to do their laundry," Gillette told the convention Tuesday. More>>

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