American Biogas Council

Roberts looks to make progress on farm bill talks
Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts plans to call the first formal meeting of the farm bill conference committee shortly after the Labor Day recess and hopes to make headway by then in settling differences with House negotiators. The House is not in session until September. "If all four of us were together we could close out fairly quickly," Roberts said, referring to the conference committee's four principals. More>>

Trump administration plans to reorganize agriculture research offices, alarming some scientists
Scientists are raising alarms over a Trump administration plan to overhaul two federal offices tasked with food and agriculture research, calling the move a ploy to slash funding to projects on climate change, nutrition and other top concerns. The plan, announced by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue last week, would relocate one top research office -- the Economic Research Service -- into the Office of the Secretary, a political branch of the Agriculture Department. It would also move ERS and a second scientific office, the National Institute for Food and Agriculture, out of Washington, D.C., by the end of 2019. The reorganization, one of several launched over the past 15 months, would streamline the USDA's operations, save taxpayer money and help the agency recruit and retain top staff, Perdue said in a statement. More>>

How to turn leftovers into electricity
[Facebook video, 4:34] This is one of the most fun biogas videos we've seen in a while. It features ABC member Impact Bioenergy. Ever wanted to the see the inside of a horse? Check it out. More>>

The First Years: Meet This Sustainability Focused Dairy Farmer
[Podcast, 21:06] First generation dairy farmer Austin Allred, has one thing on his mind most of the time: sustainability. Allred makes financial and environmental sustainability on his Washington farm a huge priority. Allred not only has a state-of-the-art waste management system on his farm (featuring anaerobic digestion), but he relies on byproducts to feed his cows as well. More>>

This Farmer Turns Manure Into Clean Water and It May Be the Future of Farming
It's not by using more water, though you'd be forgiven for assuming so. To most people, cow manure equals fertilizer. Take it, put it back into the fields, and you've got the circle of life, right? What we non-farmers don't realize is that manure and manure water are actually so nutritious for plants as to be damaging. More>>

Clean Energy lands first RNG customer in New York as fleet interest in the near-zero emissions fuel continues to grow
A renewable natural gas (RNG) headline that doesn't mention California? Seems strange, but it's true as natural gas leader and ABC member Clean Energy Fuels announced this week that it landed its first RNG customer in New York, a municipality that will be using its ultra-low emissions fuel, Redeem, in 80 refuse trucks. More>>

Plant That Turns Chicken Poop into Energy Comes to Georgetown
A new renewable energy plant is coming to the Georgetown area next year. Though people who live nearby worry the new plant will bring increased traffic and a strong odor along with it. The plant, owned by CleanBay Renewables will recycle 90,000 tons of chicken litter annually, and transport nearly 300 tons daily. More>>

Farm groups urge quick finish to new farm bill
More than 150 farm and agribusiness organizations are appealing to congressional farm bill negotiators to finish their work quickly. "Americans must have a five-year farm bill ahead of the September 30 expiration of the Agricultural Act of 2014," the groups said in a letter Monday to leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture committees. "We urge you to quickly reconcile the bills' differences and pass a conference report so that it can be enacted into law." More>>

Fueling station in Dallas now dispensing RNG
In partnership with Independence Fuel Systems (IFS), GAIN Clean Fuel announces the opening of a new public natural gas fueling station in Dallas, Texas, that will dispense premium, renewable natural gas (RNG). More>>

Could Dairy Cows Make Up for California's Aliso Canyon Methane Leak?
State and local officials reached a $119.5 million settlement with the Southern California Gas Company on Wednesday to mitigate climate impacts and address ongoing health concerns from one of the largest natural gas leaks in U.S. history...The settlement, which is subject to approval by the Los Angeles Superior Court, would ensure that methane is collected at 12 or more dairies and fed into the state's existing natural gas pipeline and storage network and then used as transportation fuel, according to a California Air Resources Board document about the settlement. More>>

Renewable natural gas facility to be built at Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy
By the end of January, manure produced by cattle in Kewaunee County is expected to be fueling semi-trucks and buses in California, the result of a facility now under construction at Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy. Ground was broken Wednesday for a processing facility that will convert the gas from Pagel's biodigester system into what's being called renewable natural gas, which burns much more cleanly than diesel fuel, said Mark R. Hill Jr., vice president of operations for DTE Biomass Energy, an ABC member. More>>

Mentz manure lagoon part of Cayuga County biogas digester's growth plan
Confusion over whether the correct permits were drawn and some misunderstandings with nearby residents is causing all parties to double check project plans. At an Elbridge-based dairy farm a combination of manure and both liquid and solid organics materials, such as food processing waste, is processed twice under many specific conditions -- once in the digester, and again in a post-digester. The process produces gas that is then cleaned by a biological scrubber and subsequently pumped through a generator to produce electricity. More>>

State Permitting Of Anaerobic Digestion Infrastructure
This BioCycle REFOR18 Conference Session, on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, will focus on various states' approaches to regulatory oversight of anaerobic digestion facilities. Who falls under solid waste rules? Who falls under water rules? Who falls under both or neither? Panelists include: Christine Lawson and Donna Wilson, North Carolina Dept. of Environmental Quality Kathryn Perszyk, Virginia Dept. of Environmental Quality Robert Wadley, Tennessee Dept. of Environmental Conservation BioCycle REFOR18, the 18th Annual Conference on Renewable Energy From Organics Recycling, takes place October 15-18, 2018 in Raleigh, North Carolina and is the Official Conference Of The American Biogas Council. More>>

Cow Bingo Anyone? 10 Brillant Way Dairy Cow Manure, Biogas and Cheese Go Together
4. From Poo to Powder – Skiers at Vermont's famous Killington Resort can ride to the top of the mountain on the iconic K-1 Express Gondola, secure in the knowledge that their ride is powered by 10,000 healthy, happy dairy cows from a collection of farms throughout the state, including two Cabot farms. Cow Power from methane digesters has been transporting skiers up the mountain since 2012. More>>

North Carolina pork industry appeals order suspending new biogas projects
The North Carolina Pork Council filed a motion Thursday asking state regulators to reconsider a freeze on new renewable natural gas projects. The ruling suspends new renewable natural gas projects, which purify methane captured from waste and inject it into pipelines, where it's blended with conventional gas and burned to generate power. More>>

Position Opening at Milton CAT: Business Development Manager - Power Systems
Milton CAT is seeking an experienced Gas Business Development Manager. The Business Development Manager is responsible for sales leadership of engine and associated equipment into the Combined Heat and Power (CHP), Landfill Gas (LFG) and Distributed Generation (DG) industries. This position requires an individual with a detailed knowledge of products, services and markets of the gas application business. More>>

First renewable natural gas project on a dairy farm starts in Kewaunee County
Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy, a dairy farm in Kewaunee County, will now be making renewable natural gas from its dairy cow manure as fuel to power vehicles all across the country. Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy just broke ground on the rewewable natural gas project, partnering with DTE Energy, an ABC member based out of Detroit, Michigan. More>>

Momentum Building for Mid-Atlantic Bioenergy Conference & Expo
This week, the Mid-Atlantic Bioenergy Council, an ABC member, reported that momentum is building quickly for their annual conference that will focus on biogas, woody biomass and other biofuels. For example, only two booths are now available in the nearly sold out Expo in Philadelphia, Sept 12-14. More>>

Breaking up 'fatbergs': Engineers develop technique to break down fats, oil and grease
Cooking oil and similar waste can clog pipes, harm fish and even grow into solid deposits like the "fatbergs" that recently blocked London's sewage system. But UBC researchers may have found a way to treat these fats, oils and grease -- collectively called FOG -- and turn them into energy. "The principle would be the same: you pretreat the FOG so it doesn't clog the pipes, and add it to sewage sludge to produce methane from the mix," said Lo. More>>

Biogas plan headed for vote on final approval
After nearly two years in the works, the plan to repurpose a byproduct gas from Englewood's and Littleton's wastewater-treatment plant to reduce pollution and potentially make millions in profit heads for a vote on final approval this month. A factor in the plan's ability to bring in profit is a federal program that allows for selling renewable energy credits, called RINs, or "renewable identification numbers." RINs are assigned to batches of renewable fuel that are sold in the energy market. More>>

Catalyzing The Biogas Economy
BIOCYCLE REFOR18 Conference Sessions kick off wIth this Think Tank Session: "Catalyzing The #Biogas Economy" on Oct. 16, 2018. More>>

Jury awards hog farm neighbors their biggest verdict yet
A federal jury on Friday awarded more than $470 million to six neighbors of a hog farm in Pender County who complained of excessive noise, odor, flies, buzzards and other disruptions to their quality of life. The stunning verdict, reached after just three hours of deliberation, came against pork producer Murphy-Brown, and marked the third time that juries have ruled against the company in a nuisance lawsuit. At $473.5 million, this was the largest of the three. The first two verdicts were reduced in line with state law capping punitive damages. The cap will lower the amount to $94 million in total damages in this case. More>>

Verdict #3: Statement of North Carolina Pork Council
The verdict is outrageous. The farms on trial were constructed in the mid-1990s. Since then, each of the six plaintiffs in this case either moved to the farms or built new homes in that farming community. None had made any complaints of nuisance until 2014, when the lawyers arrived to bring these lawsuits...We urge prompt appellate review of the unfair and unjust judicial decisions that have shaped and fostered this outcome. More>>

Wheeler: EPA to create public "dashboard" on RFS waivers
Fischer asked Wheeler about the EPA's process in quantifying the disproportionate economic hardship that is required as part of the small refinery waiver process. He again discussed the agency's work towards developing a dashboard to provide information to the public on small refinery hardship waivers, noting the data included in the dashboard will include information on the EPA's process...."While we appreciate Acting Administrator Wheeler is looking into how EPA might reallocate the SREs and intends to publicize a ‘dashboard' to provide more transparency about the circumstances around why refineries receive exemptions from RFS compliance, farmers and biofuel producers are suffering the consequences of demand destruction and collapsed RIN and commodity markets," said Brian Jennings, CEO of ACE. "We need reallocation sooner rather than later." More>>

'Powered by Poo': How One of the World's Biggest Dairies Finds Energy in the Unlikeliest of Places
They like to say they are "powered by poo". Fair Oaks Farms, an ABC member and mammoth dairy operation in central Indiana, prides itself on high-tech farming operations which are open for the world to see. But behind the scenes, Fair Oaks has created an energy operation which has become a model for farms around the world. More>>

Montauk Energy collaborates with a US dairy farm to produce biogas
Montauk Energy, has inked a deal with a California-based dairy farm aiming to convert cow manure into natural gas for the first time. As per sources, the company mainly extracts & converts methane gas from waste landfills across the U.S. and is benefitted from subsidies provided through a federal program, RFS (Renewable Fuel Standards). More>>

DOE, SoCalGas fund project using microbes to convert CO2 into RNG
On Aug. 1, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced grant funding has been awarded to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Stanford School of Engineering's Spormann Laboratory to conduct new power-to-gas research. The initiative will research the use of microbes to convert carbon dioxide directly to methane using renewable electricity, a process known as microbial electromethanogenesis (ME). If developed as envisioned, ME could become a highly efficient, large-scale storage technology for excess wind and solar energy [and encourage more biogas systems]. More>>

New Biomethane Analyser from QED for Anaerobic Digestion Gas Upgrading Applications
Michigan based environmental product manufacturer, Q.E.D. Environmental Systems, Inc., has launched a fixed analyser designed for high-accuracy methane and oxygen readings for biomethane applications. The analyser is said to provide quality readings above the 95% methane level and below a 1% oxygen level at first stage production. More>>

Special ABC Discount this Week for September's Mid-Atlantic Bioenergy Conference & Expo in Philly
If your business is in biogas, biomass or biofuels and you're interested in projects in the Mid-Atlantic plan now now to attend MABEX, in just a few weeks! It's the annual conference and expo hosted by ABC member, the Mid-Atlantic Bioenergy Council. The program covers how to generate RINs, poultry litter biogas and digestate, organics recycling policy, the effect of federal policy on regional bioenergy, and designated networking events--lots of opportunities for you to boost your business this Sept. 12-14. And just for you, we have a discount worth 25% off if you register this week: use the code ABC18. See you there! More>>

McConnell Hopeful Farm Bill Conference Report Ready for Vote After Labor Day
The Senate agreed by voice vote Tuesday to go conference with the House to negotiate a new version of the farm bill before the current legislation expires, even if that means working through the summer recess. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he was hopeful the farm bill conference report would be ready for a vote after Labor Day. The Senate is expected to name nine negotiators, five Republicans and four Democrats. More>>

Portland, Oregon regional government approves commercial organics mandate
Congratulations, Metro Council (Portland, OR) for unanimously passing your new food waste recycling law! You're now the 13th city/regional government to pass an organics recycling policy in the US. Here's more from BioCycle magazine More>>

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

NC Site Tours Announced for BioCycle REFOR18/ABC's Annual Conference
Here's one, featuring several ABC members: Optima KV, Kenansville, NC. Optima KV, a collaborative venture between Smithfield Foods, two swine herd farmers and Cavanaugh Associates, is comprised of covered in-ground digesters at 5 contiguous farms housing a total of 60,000 pigs. Biogas produced at each farm is preconditioned and routed to a central gas clean-up facility through low-pressure piping. The gas clean-up system consists of pressure-swing absorption to remove carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide and other constituents. The cleaned biomethane (renewable natural gas) is pressured for injection into the Piedmont Natural Gas pipeline. More>>

This Week in Dairy Interview with CEO Steven Rowe of Newtrient
Joel Hastings of DairyBusiness News interviews Steven Rowe of Newtrient LLC. Stimulating new technologies in manure management is what Newtrient LLC is all about. CEO Steven Rowe explains how this joint venture by leading dairy co-ops is turning dairy farm nutrient management from a problem to an opportunity. More>>

EPA: 25.57 million cellulosic (D3) RINs generated in June
The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for June, reporting that more than 1.6 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 25.57 million cellulosic RINs [which is just above average for the 288 million cellulosic gallons required for 2018]. More>>

Meet the Candidates Running for the ABC Board This Year
Get to know the candidates running for the American Biogas Council Board this year--voting for members begins tomorrow. Can you guess who on the slate was nominated 5(!) times? We are ecstatic to see a diverse group of exemplary individuals on this year's slate. More>>

Portland, OR regional government to vote on commercial organics mandate tomorrow
The Metro Council (Metro) -- the regional governing body for the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area -- is scheduled for a July 26 vote on a proposed ordinance that would require municipalities to enforce source-separation of scraps from commercial and institutional generators for donation or processing. Establishments that generate 1,000 pounds or more of organics per week would have to comply by March 2020. Generators of 500 pounds or more would be phased in by March 2021, followed by those with 250 pounds or more by Sept. 2022. More>>

Legislation Ushers in New Era for Light Duty Natural Gas Vehicles
Legislation introduced by Sen. James Inhofe would direct EPA to incentivize natural gas vehicles to maximize the nation's economic, environmental, energy independence and global energy leadership objectives, while offering consumers a lower cost and more stable priced fuel. ABC member Ariel Corporation and others applauded Senator Inhofe's introduction of this legislation and his support of natural gas as a transportation fuel and natural gas vehicles. [More natural gas vehicles would increase the demand for biogas, RNG and RINs.] More>>

EPA signs off on rule exempting farmers from reporting emissions
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Tuesday that it is implementing recently passed legislation that exempts farmers from having to report emissions derived from animal waste and other pollutants. The final rule, signed by EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Monday, codifies the most recent version of the FARM Act, which exempted many farmers from reporting air releases of hazardous substances from animal waste. Environmentalists argued against the provision, saying that farmers should have to take responsibility for the emissions coming from their livestock and crops. U.S. cattle and their byproducts are a major source of the greenhouse gas methane. More>>

Agriculture Leadership Likely to Meet Wednesday on Farm Bill
House and Senate Agriculture Committee leadership will probably meet on Wednesday ahead of a conference on the farm bill, the Senate panel's chairman said. The House appointed 47 conferees to the farm bill (H.R. 2) conference committee July 18 and the Senate is expected to name its conferees this week. More>>

EPA to keep pursuing biofuel changes under new leadership: Wheeler
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's acting administrator said on Tuesday he would follow up the work of his predecessor to overhaul the nation's biofuel policy, including pursuing changes strongly opposed by the powerful corn lobby like counting ethanol exports toward annual biofuels quotas. The biofuel industry [including ABC and biogas] had been hoping that Andrew Wheeler would drop some of former Administrator Scott Pruitt's overhaul efforts, which were aimed at helping the oil industry, and instead prioritize the interests of farmers in the U.S. heartland to expand domestic markets for corn-based fuel. More>>

Clean Energy Project Assistant - Position Available
Interested in Beginning a Career Growing Clean Energy? The management company of the American Biogas Council, Technology Transition Corporation (TTC), has an immediate full-time opening for an energetic entry-level individual that is motivated to promote clean energy technologies and build a career in the clean and renewable energy sphere. This position will support the American Biogas Council (ABC), the premiere non-profit association promoting the anaerobic digestion and biogas industry, and the Mid-Atlantic Bioenergy Council (MABEC), a non-profit association representing the use of biomass to produce clean heat, power, biogas and soil amendments throughout the Mid-Atlantic region of the US. More>>

Landia AD pumps and mixers take to World Biogas stage
Landia, inventors of the chopper pump, pioneers of the acclaimed GasMix digester mixing system and an ABC member, has become the newest members of the World Biogas Association. [The ABC is a member of WBA and sits on its Board.] More>>

New Digestate Product: Trashcan All-Purpose Natural Fertilizer
Many of you know that ABC Director and NEO Energy COO Tony Callendrello has been creating new products from food waste digestate for a few years. His team's latest innovation is really cool and available on Amazon: Trashcan All-Purpose Natural Fertilizer. For $6 for 0.5 lb or $10 for 2 lbs, you too can own a milk-carton shaped box of food waste digestate derived fertilizer for your home or office plants and gardening. Check it out! More>>

Air Liquide officially opens first biomethane production plant in the US
ABC member Air Liquide was joined by stakeholders, local officials and members of the community at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of its landfill gas (LFG) to renewable gas (RNG) purification plant in Walnut, Mississippi. The biomethane plant purifies household waste gas provided by the landfill and converts it into a renewable natural gas that is reintroduced back into the energy grid to provide renewable energy for surrounding communities. More>>

Ariel Compressors Used In Fourth Columbus CNG Station
A new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station has opened in Columbus, Ohio. The station, the city's fourth for public use, contains several ANGI Energy System packages powered by Ariel JGQ/2 compressors--both ABC members. Congrats! More>>

Is Renewable Natural Gas a Fossil Fuel?
Of course not! But you knew that already. Load this article and share it with folks outside the biogas industry to help spread knowledge of renewable natural gas. A big thanks to Todd Campbell from ABC member Clean Energy for penning this piece for all of us to use! More>>

Reps. Peters, Young Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Incentivize Carbon Capture Technology
Today, U.S. Congressmen Scott Peters (CA-52) and David Young (IA-3) introduced the bipartisan Carbon Utilization Act of 2018, which promotes biogas and carbon capture utilization and sequestration (CCUS) technologies to increase biogas production as part of a diverse mix of energy sources, from natural gas to nuclear, to wind and solar, and even algae, to meet our future energy needs. More>>

Andrew Wheeler must reverse damage to American heartland
Now it is up to Wheeler to reverse the damage. Going forward, the EPA needs to be transparent in administering the RFS. Wheeler should consult with supporters of the RFS, including Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa). There should be no more gimmicks, strained interpretations, covert waivers, or search for loopholes to undermine the law in favor of refiners. More>>

House tees up farm bill negotiations
The House approved by unanimous consent a motion to go to conference with the Senate, and House leaders later named the House members of the conference committee that will negotiate with the Senate. The Senate vote to go to conference with the House on farm the bill is expected next week, at which time the seven Senate negotiators will be announced. They are expected to include Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. More>>

Portland, OR's Metro Council to consider proposed food scraps policy Thursday
If approved, the required collection of food scraps from businesses would roll out over five years starting in March 2020, with businesses that generate 1,000 pounds or more per week of food scraps – the inedible stuff like eggshells, bones and peels. Eventually nearly 3,000 businesses, including schools, would be affected. Those that generate less than 250 pounds of food scraps per week will not be subject to the requirement. More>>

Best in biogas celebrated at industry awards ceremony
16 different awards were presented to the companies and individuals who have made the greatest contribution to delivering the benefits of AD and biogas across the UK and around the world. The ceremony was jointly organised by the UK Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA) and the World Biogas Association (WBA), and was held at the end of the first day of UK AD & World Biogas Expo 2018. The American Biogas Council is a member of and sits on the Board of the WBA. More>>

Farm-bill deal slipping to fall
Lobbyists have long thought that the House and Senate would not be able to reach agreement on the farm bill until fall. But now the idea is circulating that President Trump and the Republicans will want to turn the conference report into a five-year law quickly to show they can do something for agriculture before the House leaves town. Farmers and ranchers need courting, the theory goes, because they are upset about tariffs on U.S. farm products that other countries have imposed in retaliation for the Trump administration's tariffs on steel and aluminum. More>>

Clean Energy lands first RNG customer in New York as fleet interest in the near-zero emissions fuel continues to grow
A renewable natural gas (RNG) headline that doesn't mention California? Seems strange, but it's true as natural gas leader and ABC member Clean Energy Fuels announced this week that it landed its first RNG customer in New York, a municipality that will be using its ultra-low emissions fuel, Redeem, in 80 refuse trucks. More>>

How Renewable Natural Gas Fits Into The Energy Equation
Adding biogas to the mix allows the industry to resolve more issues than just supplying fuel. More>>

Report assesses specifications for biomethane in pipelines
Responding to a request from the California State Legislature (Senate Bill 840, 2016), the California Council on Science and Technology has issued the report "Biomethane in California Common Carrier Pipelines: Assessing Heating Value and Maximum Siloxane Specifications." More>>

Why President Trump Hates Canadian Dairy -- And Canada Insists On Protecting It
President Trump has railed against Canada for taking advantage of the U.S. when it comes to trade. A particular point of criticism is the dairy industry. Canada slaps steep tariffs on imports of milk, cheese and butter from the U.S., something Trump has called a "disgrace." Trump may not like it, but those tariffs are part of a politically sensitive, decades-old policy to protect Canada's dairy farmers. The system is called "supply management" and it sets production quotas for the country's dairy, poultry products and eggs. More>>

Duke Energy Betting on Pig Power
Though RNG now represents just a tiny portion of U.S. gas output, it's gaining traction given the easy availability of its source material and its promise to cut how much methane -- a greenhouse gas more potent than carbon dioxide -- slips into the air from pigs, cows and chickens, labeled the "big three" of manure production by the environmental nonprofit and ABC member Energy Vision. An added benefit: Farmers could get new revenue, according to Patrick Serfass, executive director of the American Biogas Council. More>>

US dairies turning manure into 'brown gold'
A growing number of U.S. dairy producers are realizing innovative income streams from what they are calling "brown gold." They are using digesters to turn manure into biogas, which is later converted into compressed or liquefied natural gas, electricity or other fuels. The leftover liquids and solids can then be made into scores of products including fertilizers, plastic, biodegradable flowerpots, cow bedding and a peat-moss substitute...Patrick Serfass, executive director of the American Biogas Council (ABC), says that adding just 10 percent food waste to manure can double a digester's gas output. "Investment groups are watching this space," More>>

CalRecycle funds 3 anaerobic digestion projects
The California Department of Recycling and Recovery has awarded more than $25 million to 10 projects to bolster organics recycling and rescue edible food for those in need. Three of the awards support anaerobic digestion projects. More>>

CR&R Environmental renewable natural gas pumped into SoCalGas pipelines
Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and waste management company and ABC member CR&R Environmental (CR&R) announced this week that they introduced renewable natural gas produced at CR&R's anaerobic digestion facility into SoCalGas pipelines. This is the first renewable natural gas produced in California to be introduced into SoCalGas' pipeline system, SoCalGas said. More>>

Codigestion Of Food Waste In The U.S.
In 2017, EPA surveyed U.S. operators of anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities that accept food waste to identify the number of facilities in the U.S. and their locations, and to learn about their operations. A report on the findings, Anaerobic Digestion Facilities Processing Food Waste in the United States in 2015, was released by the U.S. EPA Region 3 office in late May (2018). Melissa Pennington of U.S. EPA Region 3 conducted the survey and analyses of the results, and authored the report. This is the first of three annual data collections EPA will make through 2019, and covers data for calendar year 2015. Future reports will summarize data for 2016, 2017, and 2018. This article is based on excerpts from the full report. More>>

Energy Vision applauds New York City Councilmembers for calling on Mayor de Blasio to adopt renewable natural gas
In a joint letter, New York City Councilmembers are urging Mayor de Blasio to "show environmental leadership by exploring the use of biomethane fuel." Twelve members of the City Council's Progressive Caucus signed the letter, which argues "Ultra-low emissions biomethane could be used both by NYC's surface transit and in our City fleets, further aligning the City's procurement practices with our climate and clean air goals." More>>

CA CST Releases Pipeline Biomethane Recommendations
The California Council on Science and Technology has released its long-awaited report on the heating value (BTU) and siloxanes requirements for pipeline bio methane. They recommend that the CPUC consider reducing the BTU requirement to as low as 970. For more detail, ABC members received an alert Monday morning. More>>

California Department of Food and Agriculture Awards $69.9 Million for Dairy Digester Projects
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has awarded $69.9 million in grant funding to 40 dairy digester projects across the state. These projects, part of the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP), will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from manure on California dairy farms. More>>

Surf And Turf: To Reduce Gas Emissions From Cows, Scientists Look To The Ocean
Scientists think they can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by tweaking the food that cows eat. A recent experiment from the University of California, Davis suggests that adding seaweed to cattle feed can dramatically decrease their emissions of the potent gas methane. More>>

UK to have nationwide food waste collections
The UK will have nationwide food waste collections by 2023 after a new EU recycling directives becomes binding next month. The EU's Circular Economy Package published in their Official Journal this week will require member states to meet recycling targets of municipal waste of 65 per cent by 2035. The package will be binding on member states from 4th July, after which they will have two years to transcribe it into their own national laws. More>>

Jurors slap pork giant Smithfield with $25M for nuisances
Despite decades of complaints from neighbors and environmentalists, the predominant method of handling hog waste in North Carolina is collecting it in open-air pits that are emptied by spraying liquid excrement on farm fields. Smithfield has continued using the low-cost method because it helps the company produce pork for less than in China, lawyers for the neighbors said. Smithfield began covering its waste pits on Missouri farms to reduce odors under pressure from that state's attorney general more than a decade ago. More>>

Sioux City leaders: Natural gas project to make wastewater plant greenest in U.S.
A $9.1 million project set to break ground this August will install new equipment to capture, clean and compress the gas and turn it into renewable fuel to be sold on the national market for use in vehicles. The city has purchased equipment including a chemical scrubber, moisture removal system and carbon dioxide removal system through a $2.25 million contract with ABC member DMT Clear Gas Solutions. More>>

Biogas Council Applauds Senate Passage of the Farm Bill
Today, the American Biogas Council (ABC) applauded the recent passage of the Farm Bill by the Senate. The legislation passed on a vote of 86-11 and is the outcome of bipartisan efforts to craft policies that will help the on farm economy. "Chairman Roberts (R-KS), Ranking Member Stabenow (D-MI) and their staff have worked together brilliantly over the past two years to craft legislation that will encourage a strong rural economy and biogas industry," said Patrick Serfass, Executive Director of the ABC. "We were especially pleased to see... More>>

National Milk Praises Senate Passage of 2018 Farm Bill
The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) today lauded passage of the Senate version of the 2018 Farm Bill by a bipartisan vote of 86 to 11. With the House having adopted its version of the Farm Bill on June 21, the two chambers must now reconcile differences in the two bills in a conference committee later this summer. More>>

Senate passes 2018 Farm Bill
On June 28, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill with a strong bipartisan 86-11 vote. The legislation, titled “The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018,” includes mandatory funding for Energy Title programs. The Agricultural Energy Coalition, of which the ABC is a member, has spoken out to applaud the senate for its action. More>>

NC protects pork producers against nuisance complaints
North Carolina lawmakers are making it harder for neighbors of agribusinesses to file complaints about smells and other nuisances. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the wide-ranging farm bill, which contains language sought by pork producers after numerous lawsuits. The Senate overrode the veto on Tuesday; the House did so on Wednesday. More>>

Digesting the Facts About Renewable Natural Gas
[Video] Introductory video explaining what renewable natural gas is. "Renewable energy is an increasingly important part of California's clean energy future. You've probably heard of renewable energy sources like solar and wind, but you may not have heard of renewable natural gas (RNG)." More>>

When Does It Make Sense to Invest in RNG?
Fleet owners switching from diesel to these RNG trucks are doing it to save in fuel and maintenance costs, to tap into Renewable Identification Number credits (RINs) or Low-Carbon Fuel Standard credits (LCFS) and/or for more leverage to win municipal contracts. In this Q&A, Brad Douville, president of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada-based and ABC member Greenlane Biogas, a biogas-to-biomethane upgrade company, advises on fleets' main considerations before buying into RNG. More>>

Biogas Council Statement on EPA's Proposed Renewable Fuel Volumes for 2019
Yesterday, EPA released its 2019 draft renewable fuel targets for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) on time, calling for a 30% increase in biogas-related fuel but continuing to take no action to activate the renewable electricity pathway. Specifically, EPA's proposed rule calls for 381 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel in 2019. The EPA estimates that the vast majority -- 358 million gallons -- will be compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG) derived from renewable biogas. More>>

City of Ferndale, MI will plan a food-based campus
The Michigan Municipal League has contracted with Carlisle/Wortman Associates to help the city of Ferndale develop a food-based campus on vacant industrially-zoned land on the east side of the city. In a closed-loop system, all waste is contained and re-used on a property. This project will explore building a biodigester on the site to convert food waste from a kitchen incubator on-site, downtown restaurants, and yard waste into methane, providing energy for the building. More>>

Senate farm bill vote sets up clash with House and Trump
The Senate is planning to vote on a farm bill that sets up a clash over food stamp reform with President Trump and House Republicans. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he'll hold a vote this week on the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, a five-year authorization of farm programs and policy, as well as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) otherwise known as food stamps. More>>

NYC Councilmembers Fight for RNG as Transportation Fuel
In a joint letter, New York City councilmembers are urging Mayor Bill de Blasio to "show environmental leadership" by encouraging the adoption of renewable natural gas (RNG) as a transportation fuel. Specifically, they encourage the use of biomethane fuel, RNG made from organic waste. According to ABC member Energy Vision, New York City generates 1.2 million tons of food waste annually, which could produce enough RNG to fuel all heavy-duty vehicles in NYC fleets. More>>

EPA: 22.23 million cellulosic RINs generated in May
Nearly 22.07 million D3 cellulosic biofuel RINs were generated in May, bringing the net total for the first five months of the year to 84.48 million. Since the beginning of the year, approximately 5.03 million D3 RINs were generated for ethanol, with 55.71 million generated for renewable compressed natural gas and 23.74 million generated for renewable liquefied natural gas. More than 71.24 million D3 RINs have generated domestically, with 13.24 million generated by importers. More>>

$3.8 million awarded for innovative dairy nutrient management projects
The Washington State Conservation Commission (SCC) has awarded $3,880,000 in grants for projects that will evaluate the use of innovative technology in reducing potential environmental impacts and costs associated with manure management. Each project will be conducted in partnership with at least one dairy. Awards were made to five grantees, including two to ABC members, Regenis and DVO. More>>

House will vote on farm bill and immigration measures Thursday
The House of Representatives on Thursday will take up the 2018 farm bill, alongside immigration reform bills authored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. and Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., which would include a measure aimed at fixing the controversial family separation policy. More>>

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