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Majority of VT residents manage food waste with composting or animals
Related to the recent news that VT is considering revising their organics recycling law, a survey of 583 Vermont households conducted by Meredith Niles at the University of Vermont, found that the majority of respondents (out of a total of 583) currently manage their own food waste through backyard composting or feeding food waste to pets or livestock (72.4% of respondents). For future food waste management strategies, 76 percent of respondents are likely to manage their own food waste through backyard composting to comply with Act 148. [Thanks BioCycle for pointing out this study!] More>>

Smithfield Foods Goes Big On Biogas
A commitment to anaerobic digestion on 90 percent of its hog finishing farms in 3 states was followed by formation of a joint venture with Dominion Energy, called Align Renewable Natural Gas. More>>

More Republicans Than You Think Support Action on Climate Change
Democrats and Republicans have clashed fiercely on many issues -- the Mueller investigation, immigration, gun control -- but can the two parties come together on climate change, the biggest issue of all? Most analysts say no...But how many of his fellow Republicans agree? If we compare the extremes in each party -- liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans -- as the media often does, the split is clear. But if we compare all Republicans with all Democrats, we see a new and encouraging overlap. More>>

Vermont may walk back statewide organics collection requirement
Vermont's Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) is asking the state legislature to amend a law requiring that service providers offer organics collection to every resident by 2020. Instead, ANR proposes raising the threshold to multi-family buildings with four or more units and maintaining a blanket commercial requirement. More>>

Wastewater Treatment Plants Could Become Sustainable Biorefineries
In the future, wastewater treatment plants can have a broader function by being converted into biorefineries. All of the world's wastewater treatment plants treat large amounts of sewage, used today to produce biogas. In the future, treatment plants can have a broader function by being converted into biorefineries for the production of everything from biogas to different new materials, according to new research out of the University of Boras, Sweden. More>>

Wheeler: E15, RFS rulemakings could be delayed by shutdown
During a senate hearing Jan. 16, Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler confirmed that the agency currently plans to complete a rule allowing year-round E15 by June 1, but cautioned it will be unable to meet that deadline if the government shutdown continues. More>>

'Poop to Power' won't include food scraps
Portlanders may be speaking a lot about Poop to Power this summer, when the city treatment plant expects to begin converting sewage into renewable natural gas. But eggshells, chicken bones and rotting produce won't be part of the mix, now that Metro has scrapped talks with Waste Management Inc. to collect the region's food scraps and turn it into energy at the same city plant. In December, Metro ended nearly a year's negotiations with Waste Management -- which was partnering with the city Bureau of Environmental Services -- after failing to reach agreement on the price and volume of food scraps to be processed at the bureau's Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant in North Portland. More>>

NYSERDA offers $16M in funding for anaerobic digestion projects
The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority announced it is making $19 million available to accelerate the use of clean energy technologies on farms. Most of that funding will support anaerobic digestion projects. According to NYSERDA, $16 million will be offered to accelerate the anaerobic digester sector. Of that $16 million, nearly half is for proposals to install new anaerobic digester systems in ways that demonstrate replicable business models or strategies to expand the anaerobic digester marketplace. More>>

Overseas Freight will use Redeem RNG to lower emissions at ports
ABC member Clean Energy Fuels Corporation plans to supply Redeem renewable natural gas (RNG) to intermodal trucking company Overseas Freight as part of an emissions reduction initiative in the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles...Redeem allows customers to achieve a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 70% versus diesel. More>>

2019: BioCycle Celebrates 60 Years
With VOL. 60, BioCycle celebrates its 60th year of publishing! A 60th Anniversary Commemorative issue is in the works for July, and you can sign up for the Celebrating BioCycle 60 Dinner on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, during BioCycle's 32nd Annual West Coast Conference in Portland, Oregon. Registration is open for the Conference, including the dinner. The final agenda will be posted soon at BioCycleWestCoast.com. More>>

To win the race against catastrophic climate change, we need to go carbon-negative now
We are not on pace to keep warming below 1.5 or 2 degrees, past which we can expect massive sea level rise, floods, fires, droughts, disruptions in food production, species extinctions, etc. To avoid that, making the emissions reduction math work requires subtraction. We can't just slow the rate at which we add greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. We must also accelerate ways to effectively remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, using what are called "carbon-negative" strategies. More>>

Faith-Based Social Entrepreneurs Bank Puerto Rico Trash Will Fuel Island's Growth
According to the Energy Department's Energy Information Administration, petroleum supplies just under half of the island's electricity, and natural gas nearly one-third. Coal supplies about one-sixth of electricity, while renewables supplied about 2.4%. "When you process biogas, it's exactly like natural gas, and we call that renewable natural gas," Serfass said. Presumably, biogas could be used by natural gas plants run by Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority. More>>

Maximizing Opportunities of Anaerobic Digestion from Wastewater
The wastewater treatment sector has used both aerobic and anaerobic treatment for many years; therefore, it is not surprising that it is one of the largest generators of biogas from anaerobic digestion in the U.S. The solids from more than 1,200 plants are treated via anaerobic digestion. Despite these impressive figures, the sector has not yet maximized the potential of this technology. More>>

Trump nominates Wheeler as permanent EPA administrator
On Jan. 9, President Trump formally nominated Andrew Wheeler to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA. Wheeler has held the post of acting administrator since July 9, 2018, following Scott Pruitt's resignation earlier that month. More>>

Could Virginia lead the nation in poo power?
Virginia-based companies, Dominion Energy and Smithfield Foods, announced a multi-million dollar partnership Tuesday to convert methane into natural gas. The $250 million initiative is called Align Renewable Natural Gas. This endeavor is bringing us together to build more sustainable future," Dominion Energy President and CEO Thomas Farrell said. More>>

NMPF Thanks President Trump for Signing Farm Bill
The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) thanked President Donald Trump for signing a farm bill that enacts necessary reforms for dairy farmers. The organization looks forward to working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to quickly implement several new programs. With NMPF Chairman Randy Mooney in attendance, Trump praised the hard work of American farmers and noted Congress's efforts to assist them. Dairy has been noted as a big winner in the bill, with new programs that assist dairy producers facing low prices More>>

EPA: 8 new small refinery waivers filed in past month
On Dec. 20, the U.S. EPA released updated data on small refinery hardship waivers filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard, reporting that seven new waivers for the 2018 compliance year and one new petition for the 2017 compliance year were filed between Nov. 10 and Dec. 18. As of Dec. 18, the EPA has received 22 petitions seeking small refinery waivers for the 2018 compliance year, up from 15 petitions that had been filed as of Nov. 10. All 22 petitions are still pending. More>>

Trump signs 2018 Farm Bill
On Dec. 20, President Trump signed the $867 billion 2018 Farm Bill into law. The bill, titled the Agricultural Improvement Act, or H.R. 2, reauthorizes several Energy Title programs, including the Rural Energy for America Program and the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. Trump's signing of the bill caps a nearly nine-month effort to enact the legislation. More>>

Turning Liquid Gold Into Green Energy
For several years, Smithfield Foods has been partnering with ABC member Roeslein Alternative Energy (RAE) at nine locations in northwest Missouri to capture methane gas from hog lagoons to create renewable natural gas. [Also] in 2017, Smithfield, along with several of its contract farmers, spearheaded a pilot program known as Optima KV in North Carolina [by ABC member Cavanuagh & Associates]. Optima KV uses five anaerobic digesters to capture and clean biogas collected from in-ground digesters and is then transported to a central facility to be converted into renewable natural gas (RNG). Both efforts are part of Smithfield Renewables, a platform announced in October 2017 to help meet the company's goal of carbon reduction and renewable energy efforts. More>>

Trio of RNG Fueling Stations
Three new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations have been built along Ontario's Highway 401. Located at Flying J and Husky travel centers, the facilities were built in partnership with ABC member Clean Energy Fuels Corp. and Union Energy Solutions, an unregulated affiliate of Union Gas Ltd., an Enbridge company [with biogas from ABC member StormFisher]. More>>

ABC Digester Operator Training Comes Returns to CA in February
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 will offer 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. More>>

EPA sets 2019 cellulosic waiver credit price at $1.77
The U.S. EPA has published a notice on its website setting the cellulosic waiver credit (CWC) price for 2019 at $1.77. The price is slightly lower than the CWC price for 2018, which was set at $1.96 in December 2017. [This sets the price differential between D3 and D5 RINs for 2019.] More>>

Judge rules no punishing Smithfield Foods for hog complex
A federal judge in North Carolina is shutting down a lawsuit against a Smithfield Foods hog feeding operation by some neighbors who complained of odors, flies and noises. U.S. District Judge David Faber on Thursday declared there wasn't enough evidence for those neighbors to pursue punitive damages. More>>

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>>

DVO Selected for California Dairy Biomethane Project at JG Weststeyn Dairy
DVO, Inc., the nation's largest anaerobic digester designer, in conjunction with JG Weststeyn Dairy, a dairy farm located in Willows, California, was awarded funding for one of the pilots. The manure from JG Weststeyn Dairy's 2,200 milking cows and support stock will be anaerobically digested in a patented DVO digester. Biomethane generated by the digester will be injected into PG&E's natural gas transmission system. This biomethane will subsequently be used as vehicle fuel in California, replacing approximately 1.25 million gallons per year of fossil fuels. More>>

American Biogas Council Praises Passage of the 2018 Farm Bill
The American Biogas Council (ABC) applauds the four principal negotiators, members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, and House and Senate leadership on the final passage of the 2018 farm bill. We are grateful that the Committees were able to work through a bipartisan process to pass legislation that not only contained an Energy Title but also mandatory funding for many programs that support the biogas industry. In particular, we were pleased to see that the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), the Biorefinery Assistance program, the BioPreferred program, and the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuel were reauthorized and provided with critically important mandatory funding. However... More>>

Agriculture Energy Coalition Congratulates and Thanks Congress on 2018 Farm Bill
The following statement was issued by the Agriculture Energy Coalition on the 2018 Farm Bill: “The Agriculture Energy Coalition congratulates and thanks the four principal negotiators, members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, and House and Senate leadership on bringing the Farm Bill to completion. We greatly appreciate the continuation of the jobs producing, innovative energy title's suite of programs. We are particularly pleased that the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), the Biorefinery Assistance program, the 'BioPreferred' program, and the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuel were reauthorized and provided with critically important mandatory funding. [The ABC is a member of the Ag Energy Coalition] More>>

Largest-Ever USDA Grant To Grow Vegetables With Wastewater
"Don't forget to eat your fruits and vegetables," mom always said. The latest advice for healthy living may be growing those berries and greens with wastewater...Of course, the wastewater will be cleaned up first via an anaerobic membrane biological treatment process to transfer organic contaminants into biogas remove pathogens like E. coli. But nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, which plants need, will remain. More>>

Food waste may achieve an unprecedented level of attention in the Farm Bill
Regardless of the current political tensions, this new Farm Bill text can be taken as yet another sign that addressing topics such as food waste can help mitigate the climate crisis while simultaneously presenting new economic opportunities. As with any legislation of this size, the full nuances still need to be parsed out, and language could change before a version arrives at President Trump's desk. But barring any major surprises, it appears food waste will receive an unprecedented level of attention in this new Farm Bill. More>>

U.S. lawmakers agree on Farm Bill, aiming for vote this week
U.S. lawmakers have reached an agreement on the Farm Bill that drops a proposal to tighten food stamps restrictions backed by President Donald Trump, and are looking to vote on it this week, according to congressional staffers...Committee staffers expect the conference report to be out later on Monday or Tuesday. The final bill could move to the House floor for a vote as early as Wednesday, potentially followed by a vote at the Senate on Thursday. Once the votes are completed, the bill goes to Trump for final signature. More>>

Xebec Acquires Ontario-Based Air and Gas Service Company
"This acquisition will set Xebec on a path of significant growth in its industrial compressed air treatment business, while also providing future Canada-wide service, support and operations capabilities for its cleantech and renewable gas segment. Being able to provide local service, maintenance and operational support to our cleantech customers in Ontario, especially biogas upgrading customers, is a critical component to our value proposition..." More>>

Renewable Fuel Standard volumes for 2019 give biogas a big boost
ABC praised the EPA's move in increasing the volume of request biogas, but said it was "disappointed" that the 2019 rule "shows zero progress" in incentivizing electricity generation from biogas. "This important part of the RFS has remained fallow since its inclusion in EPA's 2014 Final Rule," the council said. More>>

Algal Flow Way Technology to Remove Nutrients from the Bay
[Video] Researchers at the University of Maryland are encouraging the growth of algae on land to remove nutrients from waterways and create a new feedstock for anaerobic digesters to produce renewable energy. More>>

PSE renewable energy program turns problem into power
Utility companies are always searching for new sources of renewable energy. Puget Sound Energy found one in a field full of cows (built by ABC member Regenis). More>>

Chuck Schumer: No deal on infrastructure without addressing climate change
[Op-ed by Senator Schumer] Now that Democrats will soon control one branch of Congress, President Trump is again signaling that infrastructure could be an area of compromise. We agree, but if the president wanted to earn Democratic support in the Senate, any infrastructure bill would have to include policies and funding that help transition our country to a clean-energy economy and mitigate the risks the United States already faces from climate change. More>>

EPA recognizes biogas projects under PISCES program
In November, the U.S. EPA recognized 30 clean water infrastructure projects for excellence and innovation within the Clean Water State Revolving Fund program. Two biogas projects were among the five projects named as exceptional projects under the 2018 PISCES program, including a renewable energy facility in Delaware and a biogas project in Kansas. More>>

The freshman farm caucus
While congressional leaders are getting closer to passing a farm bill this year, wise eyes are already looking at who might serve on the House Agriculture Committee next year when the Democrats take over the chamber. House Agriculture ranking member Collin Peterson of Minnesota, who is expected to become chairman, has already said he wants to organize the committee quickly. If the current ratio of 26 Republicans to 19 Democrats is reversed, Peterson will face the challenge of finding new members with an interest in and knowledge of food and agriculture. More>>

EPA, USDA encourage voluntary nutrient reduction
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have been working for decades to reduce nutrient losses from agricultural lands and improve water quality. The agencies issued a letter to state and tribal co-regulators Dec. 4 that encourages increased engagement and a reinvigoration of state, tribal and federal efforts to reduce excess nutrients in waterways, with a focus on market-based and other collaborative approaches. More>>

Key congressman optimistic about passing farm bill soon
Peterson, the top Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, who's expected to become chairman next year, was heavily involved in negotiations that produced an agreement in principle last week among the top committee leaders in both the House and Senate. He said at a news conference that the final bill will get filed Monday, that he expects the House will take it up next Wednesday or Thursday, and that the Senate could then take it up the next day. More>>

Can We Grow More Food on Less Land? We'll Have To, a New Study Finds
If the world hopes to make meaningful progress on climate change, it won't be enough for cars and factories to get cleaner. Our cows and wheat fields will have to become radically more efficient, too. That's the basic conclusion of a sweeping new study issued Wednesday by the World Resources Institute, an environmental group. The report warns that the world's agricultural system will need drastic changes in the next few decades in order to feed billions more people without triggering a climate catastrophe. More>>

Farm bill delayed, but Perdue signals administration support
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Monday that he would recommend President Donald Trump sign the new farm bill that congressional negotiators agreed on even though it wouldn't tighten work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. However, the House and Senate will not act on the final legislation until at least next week. Lawmakers had planned to file the conference report on Tuesday, but that step has been delayed until next week because of the cancellation of votes to mourn the late President George H.W. Bush. More>>

Farms are going carbon-neutral -- and cows are leading the way
[By ABC member Michael McCloskey] Going carbon-neutral is an ambitious goal for even the greenest food business -- and exponentially more so for a 37,000-cow dairy farm. But that's the goal we at Indiana-based Fair Oaks Farms have set. And we have a message for the governors, mayors, CEOs, producers and others who gathered in San Francisco this fall for the Global Climate Action Summit: It isn't just possible to slash carbon emissions -- it is happening. More>>

Don't curb gas utilities; clean them up
[Boston Globe] If anything good comes out of the trouble with gas utilities this year, it should be a commitment to move toward a cleaner future now, even as they continue to convert oil-heating homes.It's unlikely the heavily-regulated utilities will all do so on their own. So while federal officials tackle safety concerns raised by the explosions -- there was a US Senate committee hearing in Lawrence on Monday -- the state should also be prodding the gas utilities in a greener direction, in the same way the Commonwealth nudged electric utilities to source power from wind and solar generators. More>>

American Biogas Council Reacts to EPA's Final Renewable Fuel Volumes for 2019
On November 30, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Renewable Fuel Standards Program: Standards for 2019 Biomass-Based Diesel Volume 2020 which sets the final volumes for renewable fuels in the Renewable Fuel Standard. The American Biogas Council (ABC), the trade association for the entire US biogas industry, released the following statement in response. Biogas systems recycle organic material like food and yard waste, sewage sludge and animal manure, producing renewable energy in addition to valuable soil products. More>>

Farm Bill deal 'very close,' senators say
"We have finally reached a point where I think we're very close and very encouraged," Republican Senator Pat Roberts from Kansas, who heads the Senate's Agriculture Committee, told reporters. Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow from Michigan said at the same briefing that she was very encouraged by the progress made. More>>

ABC Press Release: Climate Report Provides Reminder of Biogas' Wide-Ranging Environmental Benefits
Today, the American Biogas Council released the following statement in response to the fourth National Climate Assessment released Friday. The American Biogas Council is the trade association for the US biogas industry. Biogas systems recycle organic material like food and yard waste, sewage sludge and animal manure, producing renewable energy in addition to valuable soil products. More>>

Is pig poop the next fracking? Smithfield Foods about to put energy goals to the test.
A pledge by Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork producer, to transform hog manure into a clean natural gas aims to mint hundreds of pig farms in North Carolina into renewable energy gold mines. The scale envisioned by Smithfield aspires to go far beyond the roughly 40 hog farms in the United States that currently convert swine waste to energy. The concept has been tinkered with for several decades, but it has never taken off on a grand scale because the technology and logistics have been considered too expensive and too experimental for widespread adoption. More>>

Michigan governor pushes tip fee increase as a final priority
Michigan governor Rick Snyder is attempting to pass his Renew Michigan legislation, which deals with solid waste management and recycling, before his term expires at the end of the year, reports WOOD-TV. The proposal, which serves as a replacement for the Clean Michigan Initiative Bond, seeks to raise the current state-mandated landfill tip fee from $0.36 per ton to $4.75 per ton. According to the governor's office, the price hike would generate $79 million annually to fund brownfield site clean-up, waste management initiatives and recycling efforts. More>>

Extending Expired Tax Incentives Creates U.S. Jobs
The American Biogas Council joins 60 organizations to push for extensions of key tax credits that support a range of biogas projects. Take a look a the new website supporttaxextenders.com to learn why it's so critical that Congress create parity in the marketplace so biogas projects can compete fairly with other renewable energy projects. More>>

Companies launch plan to capture methane from hog manure lagoons
The world's largest pork producer is teaming up with a Virginia-based energy company to harness methane gas from thousands of malodorous hog lagoons to both heat homes and combat climate change. Food giant Smithfield Foods and Dominion Energy, a large electric and gas utility, have agreed to spend $125 million each over 10 years to cover hog lagoons in North Carolina, Virginia and Utah, capture methane gas and feed that into Dominion's pipeline network, the companies said. More>>

Hennepin County, MN requires organics recycling for cities and certain businesses
On Tuesday, the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners approved revisions to the county's recycling ordinance. The changes require businesses that generate large quantities of food waste to implement food waste recycling by January 1, 2020 and cities to offer organics composting service to residents by 2022. In addition to requiring organics recycling, the ordinance was revised to improve conventional recycling at businesses, apartments, and other multifamily dwellings. More>>

Air Liquide to build first world scale liquid hydrogen production plant dedicated to the supply of Hydrogen energy markets
Air Liquide, an ABC member, will build the first world scale liquid hydrogen production unit dedicated to the hydrogen energy markets, located in the Western U.S., and has signed a long-term agreement with FirstElement Fuel Inc (FEF), a leader in retail hydrogen infrastructure in the U.S., to supply hydrogen to FEF's retail liquid hydrogen fueling stations in California. These new commitments will serve the growing needs of the hydrogen mobility market in California and help enable and complement the deployment of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles and support the hydrogen merchant market across the state. [ABC note: We don't know yet whether there's a commitment to make the liquid hydrogen renewably using biogas, but CA has incentives in place to favor the production of renewable hydrogen and separately, FirstElement has announced an agreement to buy renewable hydrogen from Air Liquide for their hydrogen fueling stations.] More>>

Dominion Energy and Smithfield Foods Partner to Transform the Future of Sustainable Energy
The joint Dominion Energy and Smithfield Press Release leads with these bulleted statements: Dominion Energy and Smithfield Foods form joint venture, Align Renewable Natural Gas (RNG). Initial projects announced in North Carolina, Virginia and Utah will capture waste methane from hog farms and convert it into renewable natural gas to heat homes and power local industries. Transformational partnership will dramatically reduce methane emissions from the agriculture and energy industries in support of state greenhouse gas reduction initiatives. RNG enhances fuel diversity for natural gas utilities and provides a waste management solution and new revenue stream for family farmers. [The biogas project OptimaKV, developed by ABC member Cavanaugh & Associates, is held up as an example of what's likely to come.] More>>

Waste Management to move headquarters location
The company will remain in Houston but move to a more sustainable building. "The move to a new corporate headquarters is one part of our overall efforts to create great spaces for our employees to thrive, and to demonstrate our continued commitment to sustainability," says Jim Fish, the president and chief executive officer of Waste Management, an ABC member. "This new work space is one of the many ways we are focused on investing in our people. Additionally, the building will be one of the most sustainable office buildings in Houston and supports our company commitments to conserving natural resources." More>>

Butterflies and Biogas A Focus Of Smithfield Foods
Hog farms in Missouri are planting prairie grasses that double as habitat for monarchs and feedstock for digesters. Three years ago, Smithfield teamed up with ABC member Roeslein Alternative Energy (RAE) to install biogas infrastructure across all company-owned finishing farms in Missouri. In addition to using manure, the project will harvest prairie grass from this field and others for methane generation. More>>

Can Food Waste Fuel Cities?
We are gathering interest in funding, constructing and operating several proposed $10,000,000, one-megawatt anaerobic digestion systems in Nevada. This system will enable Las Vegas businesses to profit from food waste for generations to come. We're starting in Las Vegas because it has the largest landfill in the nation, but your community can be next. More>>

How The Midterms And Lame-Duck Session Are Pushing The Farm Bill To A Deal
House and Senate negotiators are reportedly close to finalizing a framework on a farm bill compromise in hopes it will pass both chambers of Congress and be on the president's desk by the end of the year. According to a spokesperson for Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., House and Senate committee staff worked through the weekend and again on Monday "exchanging offers daily" as last details are being ironed out. More>>

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