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Sonny Perdue Sworn in as 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
(Washington, D.C., April 25, 2017) – Sonny Perdue was sworn in as the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by fellow Georgian and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Clarence Thomas in a brief ceremony today at the Supreme Court building. The U.S. Senate confirmed Secretary Perdue by a vote of 87-to-11 on Monday evening. After Secretary Perdue took the oath of office, he addressed employees at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) before getting to work on his first day. Also this morning, USDA launched his official Twitter handle: @SecretarySonny. More>>

Perdue Joins White House “Farmers Roundtable” as President Trump Issues Executive Order on Agriculture
President Trump's Executive Order established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity “to ensure the informed exercise of regulatory authority that impacts agriculture and rural communities.” As Secretary of Agriculture, Perdue will serve as the task force's chairman. More>>

Anuvia Plant Nutrients receives Edison Award
Organic MaTRX technology lauded for turning organic waste into plant nutrients. Edison Universe awarded a 2017 Edison Award to ABC member Anuvia Plant Nutrients. This prestigious award recognizes the world's best innovations and inventors. Anuvia was honored for its Organic MaTRX technology, which turns organic waste into highly efficient plant nutrients. More>>

NYC 'zero waste' progress report gives updates on shift to single-stream, local AD
DSNY is still considering the option of a "save-as-you-throw" financial incentive system, which could be one of the most effective ways to drive reduction if it can overcome political hurdles, and remains open to lessons learned in other cities with similar goals. Though because of its scale and density New York remains unique among other "zero waste" cities. More>>

Impact Bioenergy Sees Pickup in Demand for Portable Anaerobic Digesters
Seattle-based Impact Bioenergy is experiencing exponential growth in demand for its portable anaerobic digestion systems for hyperlocal transformation from wastes-to-resource. Notably two new systems are in production -- one for a corporate campus catering operation and one for a small farm that produces chicken, eggs, and pork. More>>

Walmart Launches Project Gigaton to Reduce Emissions in Company's Supply Chain
Walmart launched Project Gigaton today, committing the retailer to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions resulting from its operations (Scope 1 and 2 emissions) and supply chains (Scope 3 emissions, e.g., from manufacturing, materials and use of products). Walmart has identified energy, agriculture, waste, packaging, deforestation, and product use and design as the goal areas in which to target their Scope 3 climate goals. Participating suppliers are encouraged to focus their commitment in one or more of these goal areas. Among the Project Gigaton goals is to reduce GHG emissions by 2.7 million tons by eliminating peat based horticultural products and replacing them with manure-based digested solids. ABC member Magic Dirt, a line of 100% sustainable organic soil products, was invited to participate in the Bentonville summit. It is currently sold in close to 1,500 Walmart stores in 20 states. More>>

Big Ox Energy is Hiring
Twenty-three positions are currently available from RNG Clean up Technician to Director of Environmental Compliance & Testing. More>>

Impact Bioenergy producing two new anaerobic digestion systems
Seattle-based ABC member Impact Bioenergy has two new anaerobic digestion systems in production -- one for a corporate campus catering operation and one for a small farm that produces chicken, eggs and pork. "Domestic and international demand is unprecedented. With our 100-day lead time for delivery, we are now booking out to March 2018", says Jan Allen, CEO. More>>

Michigan State Turned 1250 Gallons Of Compromised Mayo Into Power
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When life gives you more than a thousand gallons of mayonnaise that's not fit for cafeteria use, make electricity? That's what you'd do if you're Michigan State University Culinary Services Sustainability Officer Cole Gude, anyway. More>>

ReFED releases interactive tools to track food waste regulations, innovations
The Food Waste Policy Finder is a separate interactive map that shows where state and local policies have been enacted related to organic waste disposal bans, date labeling, donation liability and other areas. This was created with the help of the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic (HFLPC). More>>

Why don't more farms convert poop to power?
Only about 200 farms in the U.S. have a digester, but the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that more than 8,000 farms could have them. David Babson, a technology manager at the U.S. Department of Energy, says we should think bigger. He'd like to see more digesters set up to process animal manure, human poo, and food waste. More>>

Dairy Farmers of America and Vanguard Renewables Announce Strategic Alliance to Develop Anaerobic Digestion Systems for DFA Farmers
Two ABC members, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a national farmer-owned dairy cooperative, and Vanguard Renewables, a Massachusetts-based renewable energy developer, announce a strategic partnership to help bring anaerobic digestion technology to more farms across the country. With the alliance, DFA and Vanguard Renewables will collaborate to develop resilient business models using anaerobic digestion systems. Working with farmers, government agencies, dairy processors and retailer customers, the partners will build business cases for innovative systems. More>>

A New England dairy is banking its future on manure processing through an anaerobic digester
To weather milk price fluctuations, Massachusetts-based Longview Farm has focused on reducing input costs and capturing more value from their manure as part of their sustainability plan. The heart of their plan is an investment with ABC member Vanguard Renewables in the construction and operation of a 600,000-gallon capacity anaerobic digester to treat their manure. It processes about 9,125 tons of liquid manure annually. More>>

Job Opening- Director, Strategic Initiatives at quasar energy group
The position is best suited for an energetic individual who enjoys the challenge of working for a start-up company in a new industry. quasar's standards for performance are high, we are looking for a candidate that can proactively come into this role with the experience and skills required to successfully implement the requisite tasks. More>>

Diversion Dynamics
In Southington, Connecticut, two biogas projects, including ABC member Turning Earth, are a testimony to both the catalyzing impact of new organics diversion laws, and their limits. More>>

D.C. Circuit Strikes Down Rule on Animal Farm Air Pollution
On April 11, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule that exempted farms from complying with air pollution reporting requirements for releases of hazardous substances from animal waste. Unless the EPA petitions the U.S. Supreme Court for certiori, animal farms will be required to report air emissions of substances like ammonia and hydrogen sulfide beginning in July 2017. More>>

Bioenergy leaders gather in Minneapolis for annual discussion
Bioenergy industry leaders, including the American Biogas Council, gathered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on April 11, for their annual state-of-the-industry discussion at the 10th International Biomass Conference & Expo. The first meeting under a Republican administration since the conference's inception, questions loomed about how a Trump presidency might impact each of the sectors represented on stage, which this year included domestic wood pellets, biogas, biomass power and biomass thermal. More>>

Duke delays asking trustees for vote on power plant
Tuesday's announcement coincided with the release of a campus study group's report advising Duke officials to see to it that the university see to it there's a "sufficient volumes of biogas" -- captured waste gas from hog farms, as opposed to natural gas extracted from wells -- to fuel the turbine and make it carbon-netural in its first year in service. It also should be "fully powered by" biogas within five years, the panel said, adding that "the university [should] not move forward with the plant if these biogas objectives cannot be met." More>>

Evonik Industries, plans to launch its next generation of SEPURAN Green membranes in late 2017
"Waste to fuel" is the motto of Evonik's SEPURAN Green business. The use of biomethane derived from organic waste sources used as fuel alternative in CNG or LNG powered vehicles is still in the early stages but will become more and more popular and play an important part in meeting greenhouse gas savings and carbon footprint targets for individual companies. More>>

Connected Food?
ABC Member Emerson looked to AT&T IoT solutions to advance its innovative Grind2Energy food waste recycling system. With these new capabilities, Emerson will provide near real-time environmental sustainability information, performance data reporting and data analytics to its customers. This will improve More>>

Waste Management awarded new 10-year contract in Spokane Valley, WA
Once awarded, the new 10-year contract will start in April 2018 and bring in an estimated $12 million of revenue during the first year. ABC member Waste Management will maintain exclusive rights for the collection of refuse, recyclables and organics from residential and commercial customers. City officials expect to see additional savings by negotiating a longer term deal and customers will also see a few differences in their service. More>>

Three GA Water Treatment Facilities Win Biogas Feasibility Study Grants
Through the Biogas Technical Assistance Program (BTAP), the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) awarded $75,000 in grant funds to three organizations for biogas feasibility studies at wastewater treatment plants: ABC Member DeKalb County, Department of Watershed Management, Pole Bridge Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant; Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission, Brunswick Wastewater Treatment Plant; and City of Gainesville, Department of Water Resources, Flat Creek Water Reclamation Facility. BTAP helps local governments and authorities that own and operate landfills or wastewater treatment plants to realize its landfill gas or biogas potential. More>>

SoCalGas eyes injection of 'renewable natural gas' into pipelines
A $100 million project on track for completion this spring will inject "renewable natural gas" derived from organic waste into Southern California Gas Co.'s pipeline system for the first time. The landmark project is part of the state's push to harness methane emitted at farms and landfills as an alternative to fossil fuels for transportation, heating and power generation. Waste management company and ABC Member, CR&R Environmental, which is funding the project with support from state grants, recently completed construction of what it believes to be the world's largest anaerobic digestion facility, in Perris, Calif. The digester produces biomethane largely from More>>

Duke University eyes biogas, not fossil fuels, for new power plant
In the latest twist on the controversial power plant Duke University proposed last spring, an influential group of students, faculty and staff says it should be fueled from methane captured from hog waste, not natural gas. More>>

Providing Clarity of Industry Terminology
"Don't bioenergy, biogas and renewable natural gas refer to the same thing?" To prevent future confusion, to save you future time and perhaps even future profits, the RNG Coalition and the American Biogas Council have collaborated in recent months in order to bring clarity to those working in North America whose roles cross over into the biogas and RNG industries (and any biomass, waste to energy, or connected policy and regulatory position). We have drafted, vetted and come together to put forth the following agreed upon definitions. More>>

Low Carbon Policies Create Jobs and Spur a Healthy Economy
A popular talking point for many years has been that low carbon policies are job killers. Further, that green policies are a drag on the economy, leaving blue-collar workers behind. But in this day of he said/she said, fake news, if-I-believe-it, it's-not-a-lie, kind of atmosphere, let's look at the facts regarding job creation and losses in relation to low carbon economic policies. [From ABC Member The Climate Trust] More>>

Patriot Place Named MassRecycle's Recycler of the Year: Waste Management
ABC Member Waste Management today joined its client and partner, Patriot Place, as they accepted the award of Recycler of the Year – Business Category from MassRecycle. Sustainability efforts in 2015 diverted 640 tons of material from landfill & conserved enough electricity to power 131 homes for a year. More>>

Change isn't a spectator sport: Renewable energy can happen without Washington.
You don't have to invoke any new political divisions to explain President Trump's roll-back of Obama's Clean Power Plan or his reversal of Obama's decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. Feeding fossil fuels and starving clean energy is established orthodoxy; it comes straight out of the Reagan and Bush playbooks. More>>

Two Big Biogas States, NY & CA, Reaffirm Commitment to Exceeding Clean Power Plan Targets
With the announcement that the United States will begin to dismantle the Clean Power Plan, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued the following statement reaffirming their ongoing commitment to exceed the targets of the Clean Power Plan and curb carbon pollution: "Dismantling the Clean Power Plan and other critical climate programs is profoundly misguided and shockingly ignores basic science... More>>

Trump's Climate Order Didn't Touch Several Obama-Era Programs (i.e., biogas)
[The main programs that support the biogas industry are still continuing, for now.] Bloomberg--The Trump administration rolled back many of its predecessor's signature climate change measures with an energy-focused executive order, but the order was notably silent on several Obama-era climate programs that don't affect the energy industry. More>>

Bioenergy park seeks to turn waste into biogas, electricity
BRATTLEBORO, VT -- Construction on the solar array at the Windham Solid Waste Management District's old landfill should begin in July. But the company in charge of the project, Sky Clean Energy, has bigger plans for the District's facility. More>>

Report: New York could see $22M in economic benefits from food waste diversion law
Based on the assumption that a processing facility would be centrally located in each county, and all generators comply, the report estimates potential net benefits ranging from $15.2 million for an all-compost scenario to $22.6 million for an all-anaerobic digestion scenario. These benefits could increase by 15-23% after the first year of implementation once equipment costs have been paid off. More>>

How New Technologies Are Shrinking Wastewater's Hefty Carbon Footprint How New Technologies Are Shrinking Wastewater's Hefty Carbon Footprint How New Technologies Are Shrinking Wastewater's Hefty Carbon Footprint How New Technologies Are Shrinking Wastewater's Hefty Carbon Footprint
Wastewater treatment plants are energy hogs. A 2013 study by the Electric Power Research Institute and Water Research Foundation reported that they consumed about 30 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, or about 0.8 percent of the total electricity used in the United States. Wastewater treatment's high energy footprint is ironic because More>>

Tetra Tech Helps City Ponder Organic Waste Options
[Alberta] There are three possible directions the project could go. The first would include a material recovery facility (MRF), anaerobic digestion, and biogas combined heat and power. The second, and currently the favoured option for the Town of St. Paul, includes an MRF and anaerobic digestion, with the use of biogas combined heat and power and refuse derived fuel production. More>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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