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Hitachi Zosen to build waste-to-energy plant in California
Hitachi Zosen will become the first Japanese company to enter the biogas power generation business in the United States next year, transforming food waste into energy. The facility will be built in San Luis Obispo County, California, and cost $22 million. It will collect, process, and compost 30,000 tons of household and farm waste per year, with the emitted methane powering the 730kW plant. The generated electricity will be sold to 600 nearby households through a local energy company. More>>

Council continues to weigh contracting with a single waste-hauler as residents speak out on issue
That group determined new state legislation regarding organic and food waste recycling, methane emissions reductions and landfill diversion could potentially complicate any new single-hauler agreement, and so recommended the council hold off on any new arrangements until 2019 or 2020. More>>

HRS Heat Exchangers USA Seeking Sales Engineer
Due to increasing sales and inquiries for our technology, and to enhance our position as the market leader in the USA for tubular and scraped surface heat exchangers; HRS Heat Exchangers are currently recruiting a Sales Engineer to expand our Latin America sales team (based in Mexico). More>>

Streamlining Collection: Putting Organics in a Compostable Bag with the "regular" trash
“There has to be a better way to collect organics other than a separate truck.” The next day, he went to Mark Stoltman, Randy's CEO, and they devised a plan to develop a compostable bag. Instead of using a separate cart, the bag would be collected with the trash in the same cart. More>>

Preliminary Trump Budget Cuts EPA Funding by 31%, But Fully Funds SRFs
The Trump Administration released its preliminary Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget numbers on March 16 for all federal agencies, including EPA. The EPA proposal slashes the Agency's funding by 31% - the biggest cut of any federal department – but also would fully fund the State Revolving Funds (SRFs). Maintaining SRF funding levels represents an important advocacy achievement for ABC Member, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies. More>>

Would you participate if Frederick County (MD) collected food waste curbside, separate from trash and recyclables?
Answer this one question survey and see the results after you vote. More>>

[Shortsighted] OR lawmakers consider limiting biodigester tax credits
Oregon's anticipated budget shortfall has prompted lawmakers to consider limiting tax credits for processing livestock manure into energy in biodigesters. Under House Bill 2853, tax credits would only be available for manure processed in biodigesters that were operational before the end of 2016. More>>

FL Republican Rep. Curbelo Discusses Climate Resolution and Explains "Conservative Environmental Stewardship"
Earlier today, Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) appeared on CBS This Morning to discuss the Republican Climate Resolution and his efforts to build consensus for market-based solutions to mitigate the effects of climate change. Curbelo highlighted the real-life impacts climate change is having on South Florida and the Everglades, and once again reiterated his disapproval of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt's comments earlier this month questioning carbon dioxide emissions' impact on climate change. More>>

Southington, CT Food-To-Energy Biogas Plants Coming Soon!
Last month's leftover casserole, rotting vegetables and other food waste will fuel two new facilities here to generate enough electricity to power thousands of homes a year. Gases created as bacteria decomposes food waste is the key to both projects, one built off DePaolo Drive by Quantum Biopower, the other to be built off Spring Street by ABC Member Turning Earth LLC. More>>

Anaerobic Digest: Biogas project updates from around the US
[BioCycle Magazine] Waikoloa, Hawaii: County Approves New AD Plant; Southington, Connecticut: Anaerobic Digestion In Connecticut; Modesto, California: Crystal Creamery Anaerobic Digester Partnership Honored; Chino, California: Food Waste Digester Upgrade; Washington, DC: Rural Support For New Administration May Be Key For Biogas. More>>

Managing Odors At Anaerobic Digestion Plants
[BioCycle Magazine] Experiencing odors and complaints at its AD operations, ABC member quasar energy group spent 10 months dissecting the situation and coming up with a suite of solutions. More>>

New report from IRENA: "Biogas Cost Reductions to Boost Sustainable Transport
While most people will identify electric vehicles as a sustainable form of transport, particularly when paired with renewable electricity generation, biogas also holds great potential to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector. More>>

The Business Case and Sustainability Story Behind Magic Dirt, a product from digestate.
What looks like peat, acts like peat but isn't peat? That's the sustainability story behind Magic Dirt made from anaerobically digested dairy manure fibers. Plus an interview with Cenergy USA President, Bob Joblin. More>>

Calculating the Economic Impacts Of MA's Commercial Organics Ban
[BioCycle Magazine] Quantitative and qualitative analysis conducted in Massachusetts indicates growth in employment and revenues after implementation of the commercial organics waste ban. More>>

How to mitigate odor issues amid the growth of organics processing
After significant public pushback, the state of Delaware shut down the infamous Peninsula Compost Company facility in 2014 due to multiple violations and ongoing odor issues. Since the site's closure -- which resulted in temporarily sending organic materials from some cities to landfills- local residents have been very wary of new organics projects. More>>

Grant for Biogas Feasibility Study Awarded to DeKalb
The DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management (DWM), CEO Michael Thurmond and Commissioners accepted a $25,000 grant from Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) during their February 28th meeting. The award will fund a biogas generator feasibility study at the Pole Bridge Wastewater Treatment Plant, according to a County release. More>>

Walking through the Food Waste Hierarchy
In 2015, 42.2 million Americans were lacking reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. They were food insecure. The year prior, in 2014, Americans generated 38 million tons of food waste according to the U.S. EPA. That means that we, as a country, threw out 1,800 pounds of food for every one food insecure American. Sustainability by definition is avoiding the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance. Wasting food while humans are going hungry is not sustainable. While the problem can seem overwhelming and easy to ignore, we each have to take on an individual responsibility to do our part in eliminating this issue. The question is: how do we get involved as individuals, businesses and communities? More>>

BP And Clean Energy Partner To Expand U.S. Renewable Natural Gas Transportation Fueling Capabilities; BP To Acquire Clean Energy's Upstream RNG Business And Sign Long-Term RNG Supply Agreement With Clean Energy
Under terms of the agreement, BP will pay $155 million for Clean Energy's existing biomethane production facilities, its share of two new facilities and its existing third party supply contracts for renewable natural gas. Closing the transaction is subject to regulatory approval. Clean Energy will continue to have access to a secure and expanding supply to sell to the growing customer base of its Redeem-branded renewable natural gas fuel through a long-term supply contract with BP. More>>

MV Technologies secures purchase orders
Strategic Environmental & Energy Resources, Inc. (SEER), a provider of environmental, renewable fuels and industrial waste stream management services, has announced its wholly-owned subsidiary, MV Technologies, has secured US$1.4 million in purchase orders for its next generation hydrogen sulfide removal system, the SulfAx System. More>>

Connecticut Gives Go-Ahead To Another Food Waste Recycler
Another company, ABC Member Turning Earth LLC, has gotten the green light to build a food recycling plant in Southington, an anaerobic digester. The town's central location is making it a focal point for businesses looking to cash in on a growing market for old and expired food. The digester, basically a big stomach that converts old food into electricity, will generate enough electrons to power about 1,000 homes. That's about 1.4 megawatts of power. More>>

Construction Finishing on Big Ox RNG Facility in Denmark, WI
Miron Construction Co., Inc., in partnership with McMahon Group, is constructing a renewable natural gas generation facility for ABC Member Big Ox Energy in Denmark, Wisconsin. Work on the project began in October 2016 and is scheduled to be complete in December 2017. More>>

We Can Meet the U.S. Paris Commitment without Federal Support
[From ABC Member, The Climate Trust] Learning in part from the failures of the Kyoto Protocol, the Paris Agreement went to great efforts to ensure the United States would join the global effort to mitigate catastrophic climate change. By building the agreement from the bottom up, with each nation making its own commitment to reduce carbon pollution, only the processes governing the reporting and review of these goals are mandated by international law. More>>

Report Analyzes the Use of Biogas-Derived Electricity To Power Electric Vehicles
With joint funding from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Strategic Programs, Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), and Vehicle Technologies Office, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) published a report titled Analyzing the Impacts of a Biogas-to-Electricity Purchase Incentive on Electric Vehicle Deployment with the MA3T Vehicle Choice Model. Using a vehicle consumer choice model, MA3T, which ORNL developed, the report provides an independent analysis of the potential implications of establishing an electric vehicle (EV) purchase incentive with renewable fuel credits under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA). More>>

National Lab Technology Converts Wastewater Sludge to Renewable Natural Gas
Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) has developed technology that synergistically uses two waste biomass streams to generate two bioproducts. The technology enhances the process of anaerobic digestion of wastewater sludge by incorporating biomass-derived, carbon-sequestering char within the digester, thus creating pipeline-quality renewable natural gas while using the remaining biosolids for a high-quality fertilizer. More>>

DOE Biorefinery Optimization Workshop Report Says Biogas Most Likely to Generate Revenue, Profitability
Breakout session participants recommended which waste, co-product, and by-product streams could potentially be sold by integrated biorefineries to add revenue streams. Some of the product suggestions include fertilizer inputs that offset petroleum, lignin, or biochar for water purification purposes, and specialty fuels such as lubricants. The group voted [biogas among other waste streams to] have the highest likelihood for being valuable revenue streams and have the highest impact on the biorefinery's profitability. More>>

Organics may offer most growth potential for creating renewable energy from waste
The waste industry has been creating various forms of energy from waste for decades, however output levels are still smaller than renewable sources such as wind or solar. While growth in the thermal conversion sector may be limited in the coming years, interest in new projects to create energy from landfill gas or anaerobic digestion is high. Spurred by federal incentives for transportation fuel and new state policy regulations, organic material may hold the key to making waste a bigger part of the country's clean energy transformation. [Featuring ABC's Executive Director] More>>

Downturn in farm economy complicating new Farm Bill efforts
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- As the elder statesman from an agricultural state, U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts has worked on crafting seven farm bills. But it is with some trepidation that the work begins to draft new legislation amid daunting challenges confronting farmers in the era of President Donald Trump. [The Farm Bill funds many programs biogas systems can use.] More>>

Pentair Announces Acquisition of Union Engineering
ABC Member Pentair plc (NYSE: PNR) announced that it has completed the acquisition of Union Engineering A/S, headquartered in Fredericia, Denmark. Union Engineering specializes in sustainable technologies for capturing, recovering and purification of carbon dioxide. More>>

Pennsylvania utility saves thousands using ABC member's gas collection covers
The municipally-owned Milton Regional Sewer Authority (MRSA) serves many residential customers in Northumberland, PA. It also treats wastewater from ConAgra Foods, the food giant that produces Chef Boyardee, Healthy Choice, Andy Capp, LaChoy and Gulden's Mustard products. The original Milton wastewater treatment plant was upgraded in 1975, and the MRSA recently invested in another plant upgrade dubbed the "Wastewater to Energy (Ww2E)" project. More>>

Trump Reiterates His and The Administration's Support of Renewable Fuels
"Rest assured that your president and this administration values the importance of renewable fuels to America's economy and to our energy independence. As I emphasized throughout my campaign, renewable fuels are essential to America's energy strategy." [Biogas uses the D3/advanced cellulosic and D5/advanced categories in the RFS] See the full letter... More>>

Kim: No penalties for cancelling compost contract (AD project continues)
The Mayor's Office announced last week the contract with Hawaiian Earth Recycling will end June 30 because of concerns about cost and scope. A request for proposals for a new mulching contract will be drafted. More>>

Fuelling Solid Waste Fleets with Renewable Natural Gas
With the transportation sector contributing the largest portion of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Canada, renewable natural gas (RNG) from food waste and organic material is the next game-changer in vehicle fueling and the biggest opportunity for near-term, cost-neutral sustainability. (Featuring ABC Member Jennifer Green from the Canadian Biogas Association) More>>

JOB OPENING- Lead Engineer at quasar energy group
The Director of Engineering is responsible for designing and implementing anaerobic digester (AD) systems. The Director of Engineering plans and directs all specialized engineers on specific projects and oversees AD construction and testing in order to ensure completion of projects as efficiently and effectively as possible. More>>

Editorial: Double Down On The Upside
[BioCycle Magazine] Last December during a staff meeting, we got into a discussion about the importance of this Editorial page in BioCycle always conveying optimism about organics recycling and our mission, now 58-years old, to conserve natural resources and build healthy soils. BioCycle's founding publisher and editor, Jerome Goldstein, was an eternal optimist whose passion, vision and grit inspired many -- including our staff -- to stay on the expansive path to a truly sustainable planet that cherishes and preserves its natural resources, no matter the odds. More>>

Ohio Transportation Budget Proposal Would Create Immediate CNG Road Tax– Approach Would Damage Fleets and CNG Industry
The Ohio Transportation budget (HB 26) proposed by Governor Kasich currently has a provision that would create a $0.28/gallon road tax for CNG. If passed, the CNG tax proposal would go into effect immediately. As currently written, there is no phase in for the tax. More>>

Pleasanton to Host Event on New Recycling Laws for Businesses
The recycling event on Feb. 23 will explain new county rules regarding the recycling of green waste material.As of January 1, 2017, all City of Pleasanton businesses must comply with new county rules regarding the recycling of green waste material. Phase 2 of the Mandatory Recycling Ordinance now requires all businesses and institutions (regardless of garbage service volume) to: More>>

QED Environmental Systems launches new fixed gas analyzer
Manufacturer of environmental pumping systems, QED Environmental Systems, has announced the release of the LANDTEC BIOGAS 3000 Fixed Gas Analyzer. More>>

The Compost King of New York
(One of the best biogas and compost features we've ever read) What happens to food scraps after the city takes them? Soon a large fraction will wind up on Long Island, where ABC Member Charles Vigliotti hopes to turn them into profit. More>>

Food Waste Collection Truck Innovations
[BioCycle Magazine] Manufacturers are responding to the increased demand for vehicles that can service commercial and residential source separated organics collection. More>>

2017 Energy Factbook by @BCSECleanEnergy & @BloombergNEF shows no new WTE funding and slow growth for biogas projects (AD and landfill gas)
Overall, biomass, biogas and WTE generated 63 TwH of energy in 2016. That category grew by 132 MW in 2016, though WTE didn't contribute to that growth. By comparison, England built five new WTE facilities with a combined 180 MW of energy capacity and 70 MW of steam capacity in 2015. More>>

Dane County, Wis., Eyeing LFGTE System Upgrade
ABC Member Wisconsin's Dane County has made electricity from waste for the local utility for decades, but may soon shift to a new plan -- new to Dane and novel for the disposal niche at large. The county board is considering an $18 million upgrade to produce pipeline quality gas for the grid. More>>

Maryland considers bill to require study of organics processing infrastructure
As written, the bill would require MDE to study existing organic waste diversion operations in the state, in consultation with other agencies and industry stakeholders. This would include looking at programs in other states, reviewing waste reduction strategies, considering a refuse fee to fund a grant program and considering processing options ranging from small-scale decentralized composting sites to large-scale AD facilities. More>>

SoCalGas and CR&R Environmental Announce Construction of Pipeline to Provide Carbon-Neutral Renewable Natural Gas
Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and waste management company and ABC Member CR&R Environmental today announced they broke ground on construction of an eight-inch pipeline that will bring carbon-neutral renewable natural gas into the SoCalGas distribution system for the first time. The connecting pipeline, funded by CR&R Environmental, will reach approximately 1.4 miles from an existing SoCalGas pipeline to a new CR&R anaerobic digestion facility in Perris, California slated to be complete this spring. Renewable natural gas from the digestion facility will be designated specifically to power CR&R's fleet of approximately 900 waste hauling trucks. More>>

quasar's Corporate Headquarters Has Moved!
ABC member quasar energy group has a new address: 8600 East Pleasant Valley Road Cleveland, OH 44131 More>>

New York may be the next state to pass a commercial organics law
New York could soon become one of the largest states to enact a commercial organics recycling requirement, which businesses would have about four years to meet. After much discussion and previous attempts to pass legislation, Governor Andrew Cuomo has included the plan in his proposed executive budget for FY18. If this survives the budget process then New York would join California, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut and Rhode Island as one of the few states with some form of organic waste diversion requirement. More>>

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