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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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

Grand Rapids, MI building $38M biodigester
Grand Rapids has begun building a $38-million biodigester that will convert food waste into energy...Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss said the biodigester is part of the city's goal of using 100-percent renewable energy to power city buildings by 2025...Pasadena, California-based ABC member Tetra Tech is leading the design phase of the biodigester installation. More>>

There's No Time to Waste-Status of Cuomo's NY Food Recycling and Recovery Act
The 2018-2019 New York State Executive Budget is due out soon and one important new program NYLCV is expecting to see in there is the Food Recycling and Recovery Act...The program mandates large generators of food waste to donate edible food and recycle the rest through anaerobic digestion or composting. It also sponsors grants for the creation of food waste processing facilities, and it supports local food banks in collecting money and distributing food to those in need. More>>

Washington team aims to clean up human waste on Mount Everest
A Washington team is working to clean up a messy problem at Mount Everest. Their project could help park managers figure out a better way to dispose of thousands of pounds of human waste, left behind by hundreds of climbers. Currently, that waste must be hauled off the mountain. More>>

Waste Management gets nod to process Portland, OR food scraps
On Jan. 5, Metro picked ABC member Waste Management, the nation's largest garbage company, to build an anaerobic digester to process food scraps into energy. Waste Management is teaming with the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, which operates the Columbia Boulevard Wastewaster Treatment Plant, at 5001 N. Columbia Blvd. More>>

Basics Of Biogas Upgrading
Published in the January issue of BioCycle Magazine and written by founding ABC Chairman and current RNG Working Group chair, Paul Greene, this primer serves as an introduction for anaerobic digestion projects debating what type of gas upgrading system is right for their needs. More>>

Bacteria utilize chicken manure better
The Finnish company and ABC member Ductor, based in Helsinki, has now developed a process to remove nitrogen from the manure and slurry before the actual production of biogas, thus increasing the production of biogas in the digester. The process entails the nitrogen compounds undergoing further processing in order that the fertilizer ammonium sulphate forms. More>>

Anaerobic Digest: News from BioCycle Magazine's January Issue
San Francisco Bay Region, California: ABC Digester Operator Training Course; Washington, D.C.: Renewable Electricity Production Tax Credits; London, England, UK: AD Association Launches Certification Scheme; Durham, North Carolina: Swine Biogas-To-Energy Optimization Evaluation; and Dakota City, Nebraska: EPA, AD Facility Reach Settlement On Clean Air Act Compliance More>>

Missouri City could sell natural gas to offset sewer rate increases
The St. Joseph City Council gave the go-ahead for an engineering firm to study what the benefits of selling natural gas created at the Water Protection Facility could be for the city. At their meeting Tuesday, the council approved a $40,000 Renewable Natural Gas feasibility evaluation to be done by ABC member HDR Engineering. More>>

2018 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award Nominations Open till Feb 12
Help make sure the sustainability value of anaerobic digestion is recognized by nominating a dairy, business or community effort by Feb 12. Nominations are also being accepted in the categories of Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability and Outstanding Dairy Processing & Manufacturing Sustainability. More>>

Twin Cities, MN region struggles with organics capacity
Nora Goldstein, editor of BioCycle Magazine and Director Emeritus of ABC, told Waste Dive these kinds of capacity challenges can happen depending on how well cities or regions prepare their organics infrastructure before implementing diversion goals. "But it's not necessarily like you need to step in and build 500-ton-a-day facilities," she said. More>>

Waste Management shows reduced emissions, flat recycling in sustainability report
ABC member Waste Management operated 6,100 trucks that run on natural gas as of the end of Q3, according to the company's 2017 sustainability report update, compared to around 5,100 at the end of 2016. Already, Waste Management has surpassed its 2020 goal of reducing fleet emissions by 15%. Emissions had been reduced 26% in 2016 using a 2007 baseline. In addition, the company has set a goal of producing enough electricity from solar panels, landfill gas-to-energy, waste-to-energy, waste-based fuel and steam to power 2 million homes by 2020. More>>

How refiners can lower the high price of renewable fuel credits: Invest
A group of oil state senators is asking biofuel and agricultural producers to accept changes to the renewable fuel standard (RFS) that are intended to help a small group of refiners comply with the program. The bipartisan RFS program has been U.S. law since 2005, requiring production and use of annually increasing volumes of biofuel in the U.S. transportation market. More>>

California Piloting Biomethane-to-RNG Program
At least five pilot projects to capture and process biomethane gas to RNG were authorized unanimously by the five-member California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Regulators are touting RNG as a replacement for using traditional natural gas. More>>

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