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Digesters Growing With RNG
Renewable Fuel Credits Sparking Growth in Livestock Digesters

OMAHA (DTN) -- Methane digesters are the new growth wave in renewable energy for agriculture. The stick and the carrot are both at work here. As livestock operations work on ways to manage manure, the changing landscape of environmental regulations and legal challenges -- along with state and federal grants and energy credits -- are combining to start an uptick in methane digesters to produce renewable natural gas (RNG). More>>



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Festive Inauguration for the US' First Kompogas Plant in San Luis Obispo, CA
[Video] On 15 November 2018 North America's first Kompogas® plant was opened in San Luis Obispo. The dry anaerobic digestion plant marks the first DBFOO project for ABC member Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) and contributes significantly to California's sustainability strategy. Governmental representatives were present as well as delegates of the investor and operational companies and Bernie Sheff, Chairman of the American Biogas Council. More>>

SWEEP standard -- LEED for waste and recycling -- releases ambitious proposal
The Solid Waste Environmental Excellence Protocol (SWEEP) Municipal Standard has been published in draft form. Following the LEED model, its goal is to evaluate "the environmental, economic and social aspects of providing municipal solid waste services." The new municipal standard, as well as a forthcoming industry-specific standard, includes six categories – sustainable material management policy, waste generation and prevention, solid waste collection, post-collection recovery, post-collection disposal and innovation. More>>

Michigan governor's recycling plans fall short as term expires
A bill backed by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder proposing an increase in landfill tip fees did not pass the state legislature, according to the Associated Press. The most recent version of the proposal would have raised the state fee from $0.36 per ton to $3.99, generating an estimated $69 million in annual funding for brownfield remediation, recycling grants and other items. Legislators from both parties opposed the measure, with some suggesting that funding could be raised through other avenues. More>>

Reducing Cow Emissions with a Seaweed Diet
Could seaweed be the saving grace California dairy producers need to meet the State's demands in reducing methane emissions from dairy cattle 40% by 2030? Not necessarily, but check out this brief interview with Ermias Kebreab from the Department of Animal Science at UC Davis who provided an update at the inaugural California Dairy Sustainability Summit on their research that has proven a seaweed supplemented diet to reduce cow emissions. More>>

How one company's plan to turn pollution into a commodity could change an entire industry
The initial four projects by Smithfield's and Dominion's new venture, Align Renewable Natural Gas, will produce enough energy to power thousands of homes and the company is planning to expand from there. Biogas is also a potential new revenue stream for farmers who will receive incentives to invest in manure covers and digesters under a 10-year contract with the new Smithfield-Dominion venture. One North Carolina farmer estimated his annual revenue from biogas sales could be as high as $70,000. More>>

AD Project at CA Landfill: Largest GHG Reduction in County
The Tajiguas Resource Recovery Project, which is a DBO P3 between Mustang Renewable Power Ventures, through an affiliate MSB Investors, and Santa Barbara County, reached financial close last month. Mustang was selected as preferred developer under a DBO P3 contract via a 2010 RFP for the solid waste environmental infrastructure project now under construction at the County owned Tajiguas Landfill. This comprehensive solid waste project includes: a 66,500 SF Material Recovery Facility, a 68,500 SF Anaerobic Digester Facility, and related composting facilities. Once construction is completed, this Project will process 250,000 tons of mixed solid waste, 40,000 tons of commingled source separated recyclables, and 74,000 tons of organic waste annually. More>>

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1/15/2019 - 1/16/2019
2019 Value of Biogas West
This two-day event is western Canada's leading biogas/RNG event covering key topics affecting our industry and offering the best opportunity for networking among peers and industry representatives. Join us in Vancouver BC for facility tours, the Biogas Operator's Forum, Networking Reception, Exhibitor Showcase, high quality programming and more. More>>

2/26/2019 - 2/28/2019
ABC's West Coast Operator Training 2019
After the success of ABC's first 3-Day Operator Training Course last February in San Francisco, CA, we are bringing a second 3-Day Operator Training for 2019! This February the ABC is providing an intensive operator training class for digester operators, operations managers, owners and developers. This hands-on, 3-day class will take place at multiple locations throughout the San Francisco Bay area, from South San Francisco to San Jose and the East Bay. Each class day will be filled with both classroom training and hands-on participation at different operating digester sites. Transportation will be provided to each classroom and digester site from the preferred hotel. More>>

3/18/2019 - 3/20/2019
International Biomass Conference & Expo
IBCE is focused on all sectors of the biomass industry, usually with a track dedicated to biogas. ABC plans to participate in the 2019 and we hope to see you there! More>>

3/18/2019 - 3/20/2019
International Biomass Conference & Expo
For the biogas industry, this is one of the main events of the year. It's also a way to connect with the biomass industry that isn't yet focused on biogas business, but should be. The 2019 International Biomass Conference & Expo program will include more than 100 speakers on topics ranging from anaerobic digestion and gasification to pyrolysis and combined heat and power. More>>

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