American Biogas Council

Bankrupt Philadelphia refiner settles biofuel obligation with EPA: court filing
The refiner, Carlyle Group-backed Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES), filed for bankruptcy protection in January and asked a judge to waive some $350 million in compliance costs under the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS. The EPA and PES agreed on Monday that the refiner would only have to satisfy about half those costs, but would face more scrutiny moving forward, court documents showed. The settlement is facing early opposition from ethanol groups. More>>

Live Now: Introduction to Anaerobic Digester Operation
The American Biogas Council is bringing training about biogas system operation to the San Francisco Bay Area hosted by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Join us! More>>

Lisa Jacobson from BCSE testifies at Ways and Means hearing to support biogas
ABC and the trade associations for the other baseload renewables, biomass, hydro, geothermal and waste to energy, nominated Lisa Jacobson, Executive Director of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy to testify at today's Ways and Means Committee hearing in support of extending the Section 45 tax credits for our industries and HR4137. More>>

Farm Bill Put in Jeopardy Over Food Stamp Work Requirements
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway said he's delaying the release of a draft law renewing farm and nutrition programs to try and produce a bill with bipartisan support after intense Democratic opposition over cuts to the food-stamp program raised the possibility the bill could be imperiled.[The Farm Bill is important to the biogas industry because it funds several programs, especially through the energy title.] More>>

Add Cow Manure to Your List of Renewable Energy Sources
Methanation, as the process is called, can be viewed as a way to improve the performance of solar or wind power, according to Patrick Serfass, executive director of the American Biogas Council. Wind and solar power is intermittent and must be stored for use at times when there is no sun or wind. More>>

Codigestion At Water Resource Recovery Facilities
[BioCycle Magazine] In California, water resource recovery facilities have capacity to help provide food waste recycling infrastructure. Elsewhere in the U.S., facilities are ramping up to codigest these high strength feedstocks. Featuring ABC members CDM Smith, BioCycle, Water Environment Federation, Vaughan Company, and Waste Management. More>>

Can the advice the UK Biogas Association has for its government be translated to the US?
Putting AD on the Pathway to Zero Subsidy?...[This] would of course be helped by proper carbon pricing or some equivalent measure to penalise the fossil fuel competitor technologies. This carbon pricing would need to involve methane emission pricing from sources such as manure management. Fossil heating fuels would also need to be included. Assuming carbon pricing doesn't progress, what other options do we have as an industry? We've outlined in the past five areas that would help: More>>

Senate Democrats Release Infrastructure Proposal
Senate Democrats released their $1 trillion plan for rebuilding America's infrastructure last week, on the heels of the White House's infrastructure proposal that was released last month...The inclusion of water as a main pillar of both the White House plan and the Senate Democrat plan marks a major advocacy victory for the clean water community and is a directly result of hard work done by ABC member NACWA and its members. More>>

Snack Food Manufacturer Hungry to Become More Environmentally Friendly
In June 2017, Monogram Foods Solutions completed construction of a clean energy plan--adjacent to its production facility in Martinsville, Va.--that uses an anaerobic digester to treat its wastewater. Monogram's clean energy plant was named the 2017 project of the year by the American Biogas Council. More>>

ABC signs on to letter urging reauthorization of energy title in next Farm Bill
On March 6, a group of more than 200 companies and trade associations sent a letter to House and Senate Agricultural Committee leaders urging them to reauthorize and fund energy title programs in the next Farm Bill. "It is essential that a healthy, robust bipartisan energy title continue as part of new comprehensive agriculture legislation," they wrote. "We also strongly recommend common sense improvements to make these programs even more valuable in impacting a broader array of technologies." More>>

One way to get companies to care about food waste? Make it profitable
"There needs to be a plan in place to deal with the diverted organic waste." What Donaldson means is that governments are aware that private companies are trying to find ways to minimize food waste.They just haven't been properly incentivized to do so. At the level of industry, the authors encourage companies to invest in the infrastructure that supports the process of anaerobic digestion (AD) in large-scale containers. More>>

Iogen CEO Brian Foody gave this overview of biogas' promise and the technology's progress
America generates very large quantities of biogas. In total, almost 10% of America's gasoline consumption in terms of energy equivalent volumes. The largest sources of methane are landfills, followed by wastewater and then manure. It's an atmospheric problem and a carbon opportunity and in recent years Iogen, one of the world's cellulosic ethanol pioneers, has been active in developing and deploying biogas capture technology. [ABC note: We don't agree with all the data in this presentation, but the information on injection projects and the market projections for RNG are worth checking out.] More>>

Anaerobic digester being planned south of Yuma, CO
An anaerobic digester plant that would covert animal waste into a usable energy source, among other things, is being planned for south of Yuma. The project is set at $20 million, though Johnson said the hope is it will be a little less than that. Johnson said, when operational, the facility would employ approximately six full-time workers, with a total of 10-12 employees including part-time. More>>

Organic Waste to Watts in Wine Country
"To implement the project, each of the cities and the county agreed to 20-year waste collection contracts with Waste Connections, which would deliver the organics to the Kompogas facility, to be located at the Waste Connections yard near the city of San Luis Obispo," Worrell explains. "The plant would be designed, financed, built, owned and operated by ABC member Hitachi Zosen Inova, with a 20-year commitment from Waste Connections to provide the plant with the organic waste stream." More>>

European Biogas Association Statistical Report 2017 just published
The number of biogas plants in Europe has greatly increased. Between 2009 (earliest EBA data) and 2016, the total number of biogas plants rose from 6,227 to 17,662 installations (+11,435 units). Growth was particularly strong from More>>

Report: How gas can help achieve the Paris Agreement target in an affordable way (2018)
To achieve the Paris Agreement target of limiting global temperature increase to well below two degrees, a major redesign of the energy system is required. This study by Ecofys, a Navigant company, explores the role of gas in a fully decarbonised energy system by 2050. We conclude that it is possible by 2050 to scale up renewable gas (biomethane and renewable hydrogen) production in the EU to a quantity of 122 billion cubic metres by 2050. We also conclude that using this gas with existing gas infrastructure, smartly combined with renewable electricity in sectors where it adds most value, can lead to 138 billion Euros societal cost savings annually compared to decarbonisation without a role for renewable gas. More>>

Amazon pushed by investors to reconsider food waste opportunities
Investors, including Green Century Capital Management Inc., are pushing Amazon to publicly address how much food from its grocery operation goes to waste, according to The Wall Street Journal. Amazon told Green Century in January that food waste "wasn't material," and that food represented less than 1% of its operating expenses and assets in 2017, enabling the company to exclude the proposal under SEC rules. More>>

U.S. Agriculture Secretary seeks to calm farmers after Trump biofuel talks
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told an agriculture conference on Wednesday that he and President Donald Trump support the country's biofuels policy, and that any reports to the contrary are "fake news." "I will not support any policy that diminishes demand, undermines the RFS or is harmful to agricultural producers," Perdue said. More>>

The city (NYC) should consider biogas buses
The city needs to take action not only in the building sector but in the transportation sector, which is the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases in the U.S. and accounts for 25% of the city's. Buses and heavy-duty trucks are critical factors in those emissions. Align suggests electrifying the city's bus fleet, but there's another worthy option: converting it to run on biogas -- specifically, renewable natural gas fuel made from organic waste. More>>

Trump RFS meeting ends with no deal
Executive Director of the American Biogas Council Patrick Serfass told Waste Dive in an email the inconclusive meeting was "nothing new" in a way -- but the RFS remains a program worth investing in. "It's successfully incentivizing the production of renewable fuels which reduce the air emissions from vehicles while creating jobs and investment, much of it in rural America," Serfass wrote. More>>

EPA Unresponsive to Senators' Letter on Agency Position on RIN Prices
U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today issued the following statement on EPA's official position, restated as recently as November 2017 that, "high RIN prices do not cause significant harm to refiners." Grassley also commented on a previously unreleased letter that he, along with Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), wrote in January 2018 asking EPA about its previous assessments that RIN prices do not affect the success of refiners. EPA has yet to respond to the senators' letter, despite numerous staff follow-ups. More>>

Jobs are at stake, and not just in one refinery
Former Obama Labor Chief Seth Harris says the RFS is a "ray of hope" for middle-class workers. Attacks on American biofuels don't address PES issues, but they will kill jobs. More>>

Carbon-negative fuels in the spotlight as Ohio State, Argonne National Labs, Energy Vision make material progress
This week, we heard the "carbon-negative" magic words via ABC member Argonne National Labs, According to this source, Argonne National Labs GREET model is showing that under certain circumstances R-CNG produced from anaerobic digestion of food waste is net-carbon negative over its lifecycle, including production, use and avoided emissions. That means making and using it actually results in lower atmospheric GHG than if the fuel were never made or used. [Featuring ABC members Fair Oaks Dairy, Energy Vision, and Argonne National Labs] More>>

Hog manure to biogas to power plants in 30 seconds
Randy from ABC member Duke Energy explains how they're getting directed renewable natural gas to their power plants from biogas that's produced from hog farms in NC. More>>

Clean Energy Fuels Poised To Bounce After Earnings
Shares of Clean Energy Fuels (CLNE) have declined about 30% over the last quarter on very little news. When the company reports on March 13th, I expect we may see an increase in both fuel volume and earnings, and this may very well result in a bump in share price. More>>

Woodland, CA initiates organic recycling program for residential customers
Beginning Thursday, Woodland residents will join restaurants and other food providers in the city and across the state at being able to recycle their food and organic waste. The service begins with those city homeowners who have their trash, recyclables and yard waste normally retrieved by Waste Management, an ABC member. More>>

EPA: More than 1 million cellulosic RINs generated in January
The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for January, reporting that approximately 1.52 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 1 million cellulosic RINs. More>>

American Organic Energy CEO Charles Vigliotti Recognized as 'Global Game Changer'
A global nonprofit organization that promotes biogas as an alternative energy resource recently honored American Organic Energy (AOE) CEO and ABC member Charles Vigliotti with its 2018 Global Game Changer Award. The Swedish Biogas Academy (Biogasakademin) credited Vigliotti, also the CEO of Long Island Compost, for "turning Long Island and New York City into a model for every smart city concept in the world." More>>

Here's how the SE Ohio Public Energy Council could save taxpayer money
Another proposed SOPEC program is one that would hire a company to design, build and operate a biogas facility. The company, ABC member Quasar Energy Group, would transport organic waste from underground septic tanks to a facility at the Athens-Hocking Recycling Center. The waste from the septic tanks would break down into methane, which would produce a large amount of natural gas that could be used for power, Smith said. More>>

Cleveland's convention center is converting food waste to fuel
The Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland has implemented a large-scale food waste recycling system from ABC member Grind2Energy which grinds up the food into a semi-liquid mixture that is stored in a holding tank. Collinwood-based Quasar Energy Group, also an ABC member, then transports the material to its anaerobic digesters, which extract methane to convert the waste into renewable energy (such as electricity, natural gas, or nutrient-rich fertilizer). More>>

Connecticut to phase down value of biomass, landfill gas RECs
On Feb. 8, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection finalized its Comprehensive Energy Strategy, which aims to build an energy system that lowers costs for homeowners and businesses while reducing carbon emissions to help achieve the state's climate change goals. Regarding bioenergy, the CES includes a phase-down of biomass and landfill gas renewable energy credits (RECs) in Class 1 Renewable Portfolio Standard. More>>

American Institute of Architects released the Zero Waste Design Guidelines
In-sink Food Waste Grinders: Whether there is beneficial usage of the organic content depends on the WWTP: if it has anaerobic digestion and uses the biogas, or recycles biosolids or whether they end up in landfill. More>>

Action Alert: Please sign on to this Farm Bill support letter and share to encourage others to as well
The ABC has been very active working to get support for the Energy Title and now it's time for your organization to weigh in as well. We need the largest volume of support possible to get the attention to this issue we need. We are asking for you to show your support for these important clean energy programs and share this with others to encourage them to do the same. You don't need to put your a letter on letterhead, you only need to click on the link and fill out a couple fields on a form. More>>

Job Opportunity: DMT Clear Gas Solutions in Tualatin, Oregon
DMT seeks an Operations Project Manager. DMT is a frontrunner in the renewable energy and biogas treatment industry. We specialize in biogas upgrading; creating pure renewable natural gas out of waste which is then used as a vehicle fuel, for heating homes as well as for cooking. More>>

Waste giant gets whiff of London, ON odour bylaw, says it stinks
"It's targeting our type of business," said Brandon Moffatt, vice-president of development at ABC member StormFisher, noting the city-owned landfill isn't covered by the bylaw. "Let's actually deal with all odour sources in the city, rather than two or three different types of odours." The draft bylaw is limited to three odour sources: compost plants; anaerobic digestion facilities; and rendering facilities where animals are processed [not landfills and other odour sources in the city]. More>>

Green gas 'could save Europe 140bn Euros a year'
The smart use of renewable gas is needed for Europe to hit its climate goals and could save as much as 140 billion Euros (124bn GBP) each year. The CEOs of the organisations said: "We want to facilitate a large scale-up of EU-produced renewable hydrogen and biomethane that is transported, stored and distributed through existing gas infrastructure to be used in our energy system in a smart combination with renewable electricity. This will help Europe to meet the Paris Agreement target at the lowest possible costs while enhancing Europe's energy security." More>>

Trade Council of Denmark in North America hosting a Renewable Energy & Sustainability Planning Seminar
In cooperation with the City of Dallas, Eksportradet The Trade Council is hosting a Renewable Energy & Sustainability Planning Seminar with a strong focus on Biogas and Waste Management. There will be remarks from Denmark's Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs Brian Mikkelsen and from James McGuire, Managing Director of Environmental Quality in Dallas. More>>

"FARM" Act Introduced to Help Livestock Farmers and Ranchers
The Fair Agricultural Reporting Method, or FARM Act, was introduced on Tuesday by Deb Fischer (R-Neb). It is co-sponsored by 10 Democrats and 10 Republicans, including Pat Roberts (R-Kan), chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. The bi-partisan legislation would exempt air emissions from animal waste from being subject to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act... More>>

Biogas waste-to-energy plant proposed for Jessup
An Italian company that operates waste-to-energy plants around the world plans to build its first U.S. facility in Jessup near dozens of food distribution businesses that could supply its fuel. The plant would process 100,000 tons of organic material a year and employ 15 to 20 people. Last fall, Howard officials finalized a partnership with BTS that included bringing the headquarters to Columbia and committing to investing up to $40 million for two facilities in the county. More>>

This is what an RNG injection point from 5 hog farms in NC looks like
Kudos to ABC members Cavanaugh & Associates and Duke Energy for putting together this impressive project with Smithfield Foods and others. More>>

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Just Released Its Newly Fair Congressional Map
As expected, Pennsylvania's Supreme Court released a new congressional map on Monday that will be implemented in time for the 2018 election. The new map was mandated by the swing state's supreme court after it found the redistricting conducted by the Republican-majority legislature in 2011 unconstitutional due to the guarantee of "free and equal" elections in the state's constitution. More>>

Will The Tax Cuts Act Cut Back AD?
Despite fear and trembling across the industry as the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Bill" (H.R.1, P.L. 115-97) sped towards Presidential signature December 22, the results seem both mixed and better than expected for renewable energy projects. The Act bears good news and bad news for project developers. But its main message may be a big blinking "caution" light, for existing as well as new projects. More>>

Iowans to Ted Cruz: Blocking Northey nomination could harm future presidential aspirations
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's ongoing blockade against Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey's appointment to the U.S. Department of Agriculture could do lasting damage to his standing in the first-in-the-nation caucus state and perhaps imperil a future run for president, several leading Republicans said this week. More>>

Chairman Conaway says pathway to farm bill now easier
When Congress passed a supplemental disaster bill that included cotton and dairy as Title I commodities in the farm programs, the pathway to putting a new farm bill in place became a bit easier, says House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas. Chairman Conaway, in an interview with Delta Farm Press Thursday, said that the disaster legislation "set us up nicely to get a farm bill done on time." More>>

It's Like Deja Vu All Over Again: Small Refiners Use Biofuels Policy as Convenient Scapegoat
Sustainability experts at EESI deconstruct bogus Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) attack on the Renewable Fuel Standard. More>>

Welcome New Member: Chad Lipton Consulting
Looking to make productive use out of biogas from farms and landfills. More>>

Danish Biogas Alliance held Kick-Off Session for North America
The Biogas Alliance brings together a portfolio of leading Danish competencies and solutions within the Biogas space particularly well suited for the North American market including participation from ABC members Xergi A/S and the Royal Danish Embassy. More>>

What does the budget deal mean for the waste industry?
Executive Director of the American Biogas Council Patrick Serfass said in an emailed statement, "the Act will virtually kill the development of new biogas-electricity projects by giving a 30% advantage to many other renewable electricity projects." More>>

Construction underway for the largest on-farm dairy RNG project in the country
Construction is underway on the country's largest on-farm anaerobic digester-to-vehicle fuel operation. Located in Indiana at Fair Oaks Farms, an ABC member, the dairy project will be the company's second biogas facility producing renewable natural gas from dairy waste for transportation fuel. More>>

USDA and Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy Work Jointly to Meet Industry's Environmental Stewardship Goals
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and ABC member the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy to jointly promote and enhance environmental sustainability in the dairy industry. More>>

Even the Royal Family are getting into the AD spirit, with a plant at Buckingham Palace.
Buckingham Palace is currently undergoing a 10 year, £369 million, refurbishment programme which will make the royal residence far more green as well as replacing electrical cabling and heating systems which have not been updated since shortly after the Second World War. As part of the scheme to improve energy efficiency by 40 per cent, solar panels are being placed on the roof and an anaerobic digestion unit to generate biogas from good and organic waste. More>>

NREL Scientists Model Methane-Eating Bacteria
"Very little is known about methanotrophic metabolism in general," Henard said. "These are the first metabolic models generated for this particular organism, which is one of the most promising biocatalysts that can be used to make products from natural gas- and biogas-derived methane." Once the metabolism is defined, it can be manipulated and optimized for targeted production of fuel and chemical intermediates. More>>

Energy industry applaud budget legislation but call for longer-term commitments, parity between tax measures
"BCSE [of which ABC is a member] is pleased that Congress has enacted clean energy tax provisions as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act this week," Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) President Lisa Jacobson, said. "However, the lack of parity between clean energy tax measures continues to hinder investment and job creation in a number of sectors that contribute to a diverse, reliable and affordable energy system." More>>

RINs 101 Webinar: Get Paid for Your Biogas
Did you know you can sell your biogas to improve your bottom line? Join two of CDM Smith's top biogas utilization experts for a free webinar on Wednesday, February 21 at 2 p.m. Eastern and learn the keys to the renewable identification numbers (RINs) market. All participants will be awarded one professional development hour (PDH) for attending. More>>

American Biogas Council Statement on the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018
The American Biogas Council (ABC) released the following statement from Executive Director Patrick Serfass in response to passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. The legislation, passed today, only includes a one year retroactive extension of the Production Tax Credit for biogas and biomass through 2017 but extends similar credits for other renewable energy technologies. More>>

ABC's West Coast Digester Operator Training Kicks Off (Photos)
The American Biogas Council's Digester Operator Training School came to the San Francisco Bay Area this week to help elevate the knowledge of biogas system operators. Well functioning anaerobic digesters provide a waste management, nutrient recycling, fertilizer producing and renewable energy generating solution while protecting our air, water and soil. And knowlegeable operators make sure biogas systems are optimized to perform these duties. Day 1 of the 3-day training was hosted at the 2015 Biogas Project of the Year Blue Line Biogenic CNG Facility. More>>

ABC Hits 3,000 Followers on Twitter!
We reached a miletone this week, welcoming our 3,000th follower. Not only are we thrilled that more and more people are interested in biogas, but it means we'll be using this medium more and more to keep you up to date on what's happening in the industry. Follow us at @ambiogascouncil and tag us in your posts so we can like and retweet them to spread your messages further! This week, look out for photos of our Operator Training School starting today. More>>

Argonne, Energy Vision case studies show success of C-RNG
ABC members Argonne National Laboratory and Energy Vision recently released two case studies assessing the results of pioneering projects that were among the first to produce renewable compressed natural gas vehicle fuel, by using anaerobic digesters to capture the biogas from decomposing organic waste. More>>

Final Week for Early Bird Discounts to BioCycle WestCoast18
ABC is sponsoring BioCycle WestCoast18 next month in San Diego and we hope we'll see you there! If you've been procrastinating on registering, now's a good time to pull the trigger and save $50 off your registration with code SAVE50 (ends Friday, Feb 9). More>>

Anaerobic digestion facility nears completion in California
It is also noteworthy that the San Luis Obispo facility is the only dry anaerobic digestion plant in California that is designed, financed, built, owned and operated by an independent engineering company, separate from a government agency or waste collection contractor. That company is ABC member Hitachi Zosen Inova AG (HZI), Zurich, Switzerland, an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor that delivers turnkey plants and system solutions for recycling organic waste. More>>

HDR names new solid waste leads for Florida, Southwest US
HDR, an ABC member headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, has announced that two industry leaders have been appointed to lead the company's solid waste programs in Florida and the Southwest U.S., respectively. John Carlton has joined HDR as the solid waste consulting and planning practice leader...and comes to HDR from another ABC member, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc., McLean, Virginia, where he was a senior vice president and solid waste management consultant. More>>

GBB adds senior vice president to executive team
Gershman, Brickner and Bratton Inc. (GBB), an ABC member based in McLean, Virginia, is proud to announce that Thomas P. Reardon has joined the firm as senior vice president and member of the ownership group. "Tom has a wealth of strategic planning and hands-on operational experience both in the renewable energy arena and in the solid waste management industry," Harvey Gershman, GBB president, says. "We're excited to have him back with GBB as a valuable leader..." More>>

Wellesley, MA invites 300 more to participate in food waste pilot program
The town of Wellesley is inviting an additional 300 households to participate in its pilot program to assess the viability of a food waste drop-off program at the Recycling & Disposal Facility...To recap phase one, in the first 12 weeks of the pilot, over 10 tons of food waste was diverted from the landfill and sent to the CORe facility in Charlestown by ABC member Waste Management where it was made into a slurry and then sent to an anaerobic digester at the Greater Lawrence Sanitary District resulting in the generation of approximately 3,000 kwh of electricity. More>>

CGA's Board of Directors Appoints Union Gas President as Chair
Stephen W. Baker, President of Union Gas Limited, has been elected the new Chair of the Canadian Gas Association, an ABC member...The Board of Directors also elected Kelvin A. Shepherd, President of Manitoba Hydro, to serve as 1st Vice-Chair and Treasurer, and Leigh Ann Shoji-Lee, President of Pacific Northern Gas Ltd. to serve as 2nd Vice-Chair. More>>

A look at the past, present and future of the US biogas market
As 2017 drew to a close, Bioenergy Insight spoke with the American Biogas Council's executive director Patrick Serfass about the direction of the US biogas market...What's behind this shift from electricity generation to RNG and vehicle fuel?...Other than policies like the RFS, are there any other factors that affect the US biogas market?...What do you anticipate for the US biogas market in 2018? [This article originally appeared in Bioenergy Insight. Get the latest edition here: https://www.bioenergy-news.com/register_new_user] More>>

What's the real story behind Philadelphia Energy Solutions' bankruptcy, crude oil, and the Renewable Fuel Standard?
The question is, what is the real story? How could Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) have (mis) managed its business as to accrue an aggregate $832 million in RIN compliance costs in five years, over 3 times the value of the refineries themselves, while others in the independent petroleum refining sector were enjoying record high profits and earnings per share at the same time and under the same regulatory regime? More>>

Clean Energy's Redeem Sales Reports Double Digit Growth In 2017
ABC member Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (Nasdaq: CLNE) announced today that sales of Redeemâ„¢, its renewable natural gas (RNG) offering and the cleanest fuel commercially available today, grew by 32% in 2017, from 60 million gallons in 2016 to 79 million gallons in 2017. The 2017 volume from Clean Energy represents over half of the overall United States RNG production as reported by the Environmental Protection Agency through December. More>>

Welcome New Member: Quantalux, LLC
Quantalux provides R&D services for sustainable bioenergy systems. We have expertise in: strategies to maximize revenue for bioenergy systems, technology development for anaerobic digesters, and detailed financial modeling of renewable energy systems. Use us as your go-to R&D resource, or to augment your internal R&D capability. More>>

City of Ithaca named 17th Climate Smart Community in New York
"Since 2012, the city of Ithaca has purchased enough Green-E Certified Renewable Energy Credits to offset 100 percent of its electricity use in municipal facilities. As a result of these RECs and biogas from the local waste water treatment plant, about two thirds of the total energy used in city facilities comes from renewable energy," the DEC said in a news release. More>>

BP expects gas to overtake oil as main energy source in 2040
"We do see a very strong chance that (gas) is going to be the largest source of primary energy into the future... By gas we mean natural gas, but also ... we mean biogas, we mean biomethane, we mean power-to-gas..." More>>

Welcome New Member: Agra Energy!
Agra Energy is a project developer looking to own and operate gas to liquids units on site at biogas source locations. We are on track to deploy our first unit to the field in 2018. More>>

AgSTAR Just Updated Their Farm-Based Anaerobic Digester List
The Livestock Anaerobic Digester Database provides basic information on anaerobic digesters on livestock farms in the United States. At ABC's last count, we had 259 farm-based digesters currently operational. This latest update now shows 265. Dig in for the details and a much more easily searchable web-based version of the spreadsheet so you don't always have to download it! More>>

Clean Cities Coalitions Enlighten Local Fleets on Landfill Gas as Fuel
"But now, we are seeing third-party biogas companies selling landfill gas become more active in the Midwest," says Conley. "They are saying we will sell this renewable gas to any fleet for less than [conventional] natural gas. As a result we are seeing many conventional gas users seeking proposals to move toward landfill gas." More>>

Welcome New Member: Everflux Technologies
Everflux Technologies is a distributor/ developer of Impact Bioenergy Systems digesters in the San Francisco Bay Area. More>>

Kroger Subsidiary Completes Wastewater System Project
Cincinnati-based The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) says a new wastewater treatment system at its subsidiary's manufacturing facility in Greensburg is operational. The $9.5 million anaerobic digester at the K.B. Specialty Foods plant converts organic materials into renewable biogas. More>>

City digester receives 32% increase in biogas production
ABC member Environment Depot for Waste Water to Energy, (EDWWE) the parent company and manufacture of Hycura AD is pleased to announce the company's plan to carry out 10 full scale anaerobic digestion enhancement demonstration projects within the state of California. These 10 new full-scale projects will be run for a three to four-month period of initial treatment using Hycura "AD." This announcement comes after Hycura's earlier successful completion of a full scale anaerobic digestion enhancement project completed at the Springville, Utah wastewater treatment plant. More>>

R.I. green energy: The power of sludge
There's no question about it. This is a foul mix of the contents of tens of thousands of toilets from East Providence and the Blackstone Valley that has made its way through the Bucklin Point Wastewater Treatment Facility. It's dirty, unsightly and only a little less smelly than you'd expect. But don't dismiss it as merely waste. It's actually fuel. All the sludge collected here is used to create biogas, a renewable energy source that will soon be harnessed to produce a quarter of the power for this sprawling sewage treatment plant on the Seekonk River. More>>

Research project aims to turn excess wind energy into hydrogen
In Scotland the site is a fish farm where they use wind energy to split water but here they use both gases. The hydrogen provides an energy upgrade to improve methane coming from the biogas system that powers the farm, while the oxygen is used to improve the water quality where the fish are based. In the North it is wind power used to split water and capture the hydrogen gas for use in transport, heating and in fuel cells to generate electricity. More>>

Welcome New Member: DTE Biomass Energy
DTE Biomass Energy is a developer, owner & operator of renewable energy projects including AD gas to renewable vehicle fuel. More>>

NMPF January Dairy Market Report
From ABC member National Milk Producers federation: The January Dairy Market Report is now available. Looking back at 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates an average U.S. all-milk price of $17.65/cwt for all of last year. In terms of the extremes of the past 10 years, this will be $4.85 higher than the average price in 2009 and $6.35 lower than during 2014. The current Margin Protection Program (MPP) margin calculation should average about $9.70 in 2017, which would be the second-highest annual MPP margin over the past 10 years. It would be $3.60 below the highest, during 2014, and $5.12 above the lowest, during 2009. Monthly milk prices and margins both improved fairly steadily since last April, but federal order prices took a sharp drop at the end of the year, presaging a likely more difficult year ahead in 2018. More>>

Welcome New Member: Mendota Agri-Products Inc
Mendota Agri-Products is the premier recycler of foodservice waste oil and a leading source in the development of valuable by-products like animal feed and biofuels. Mendota Agri-Products is committed to making the planet more livable through responsible recycling. 99% of what comes into our facilities is transformed into useful products that help the environment. We currently treat all wastewater from our process in an anaerobic digester onsite. More>>

What the 2018 farm bill means for urban, suburban and rural America
When I became U.S. secretary of agriculture in January 2009, I learned quickly that the bill covers much more than farms and farmers. In fact, every farm bill also affects conservation, trade, nutrition, jobs and infrastructure, agricultural research, forestry and energy. More>>

Wisconsin Sensors and Controls Strategy Targets $1.4 Trillion Advanced Energy Sector
Wisconsin also has the potential to build a strong local market for Wisconsin-made sensor and control-embedded technologies in the biogas, efficiency, grid, and solar industries. In-state deployment of sensors and controls for safer and more efficiency technologies could not only bolster Wisconsin's energy economy, but also help to divert back into Wisconsin communities some of the estimated $14 billion currently spent on energy imports. More>>

Biogas in the USA: potential for approximately 14,000 new plants
According to data published by the American Biogas Council there are currently 2000 biogas plants operating in the United States, with a potential for up to 14,000 new installations over the next few years. Biomethane is also gaining popularity thanks to its proven benefits. However, renewable energies such as solar and wind power continue More>>

Maryland could generate electricity from ... chicken waste
CleanBay Renewables is seeking to construct an anaerobic digestion facility in Sussex County, MD, as reported by Delmarva Now. The location would be purposed to process chicken litter into methane. The proposed facility would have a yearly capacity of 90,000 tons and produce around 9.6 MW of energy from AD, Andy Hallmark, a spokesman for CleanBay, told Waste Dive. More>>

Cow power coming to California
Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), San Diego Gas & Electric, Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Southwest Gas jointly issued a draft solicitation this week for dairy biomethane pilot projects under California Senate Bill (SB) 1383. More>>

MD "Environmentalists" Push for Definition of Renewable Energy Excluding Biogas
The groups Assateague COASTKEEPER and the Assateague Coastal Trust are urging legislators in Annapolis to back the 100% bill, which does not include biogas in its definition of renewable energy, the type of energy that would have been created by the plant looking to set up shop in Crisfield. More>>

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