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7/27/2017
SF seeks EPA loan to help pay for waste treatment plant upgrades
San Francisco is applying for a $625 million loan from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help offset the costs of a major upgrade to the city's wastewater treatment facilities.The upgrades would allow the city's treatment plants to more effectively capture and treat odors and improve its ability to utilize biogas. More>>

7/26/2017
Minnesota county mulls organics diversion requirement by 2022
However the county board decides to proceed, the progress in the Twin Cities Metro Area has already shown that organics diversion is possible in the Midwest and may encourage further discussion in neighboring states. Based on a recent survey, the average landfill tip fee in the Midwest is now slightly above the U.S. average so more cities could start becoming curious about their diversion options. More>>

7/25/2017
New Resources to Encourage More Recycling of Foodservice Packaging
Communities and recycling professionals now have access to new recycling outreach materials, thanks to the Foodservice Packaging Institute's free Resident Education Kit. The comprehensive kit shares dozens of images, researched terms, best practices and other resources for adding foodservice packaging to new or existing recycling programs. More>>

7/25/2017
How California Plans to Go Far Beyond Any Other State on Climate
Over the past decade, California has passed a sweeping set of climate laws to test a contentious theory: that it's possible to cut greenhouse gas emissions far beyond what any other state has done and still enjoy robust economic growth. Now that theory faces its biggest test yet. . .So how will California pull this off? More>>

7/25/2017
Renewable energy contract case in Michigan could set national precedent
Vic Leabu, owner of White's Bridge Hydro Co. in Lowell, only wants a fair contract from Consumers Energy Corp. Leabu produces about 750 kilowatts of clean, renewable energy for 400 of his home and business owner customers in Ionia County, just east of Grand Rapids. For the past 32 years, Consumers has been paying him a variable rate of 6.8 cents to 7.6 cents per kilowatt hour. Last year, Consumers offered him a five-year contract at 4.5 cents per kilowatt hour, which Leabu described as financially unsustainable. The Michigan Public Service Commission is expected to rule July 31. More>>

7/25/2017
EPA SAB to review biogenic carbon framework at August meeting
The U.S. EPA has announced the Scientific Advisory Board will conduct a quality review of the agency's draft framework for assessing biogenic carbon dioxide emissions from stationary sources at a meeting in August. [Biogenic carbon emissions cover emissions from biomass, including biogas and can be used to show how much carbon biomass resources emit or reduce.] More>>

7/24/2017
New Jersey Gov. Christie passes bill to halve food waste by 2030
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed S-3027 into law on July 21, establishing a statewide goal to reduce food waste 50% by 2030, as reported by NJ Spotlight. The state Department of Environmental Protection now has one year to develop and roll out a reduction plan. Other statewide food waste bills, including one to revise food date labeling and another to encourage food donation, are still pending. More>>

7/24/2017
DSNY's proposed organics diversion requirements could impact 2K businesses
New York's Department of Sanitation (DSNY) has announced plans to expand organics diversion requirements to multiple new business categories that currently generate an estimated 50,000 tons of food waste per year. The proposed rules would apply to about 2,000 businesses, according to DSNY. This would include restaurants or establishments larger than 7,000 square feet, chain establishments with 50 or more locations in the city and retail stores larger than 10,000 square feet. Businesses would be required to arrange for source-separated collection or find another DSNY-approved solution to manage their organic waste. More>>

7/18/2017
Utah's biogas upgrading plant produces energy for 15,000 homes
DMT Clear Gas Solutions is going to supply the biogas upgrading technology for the waste to energy plant in Utah. Utah's first anaerobic digester for food waste will produce enough renewable natural gas to power 15,000 homes. DMT Clear Gas Solutions is an integral part of this project by providing the upgrading technology for the biogas. Approximately one-third of the food produced for human consumption annually gets lost or wasted. The Wasatch Resource Recovery project will become an advanced food waste digestion facility that will process approximately 180,000 tons of food waste per year that will be diverted from landfills. By processing the food waste on this progressive resource recovery site, the life of the local landfills will be extended. Greenhouse gases will be reduced by an equivalent of over 75,000 cars. Not only the methane will be used as natural gas but also part of the CO2 will be reused to grow algae. The Wasatch Resource Recovery site in North Salt Lake, UT has selected DMT Clear Gas Solution's upgrading technology for their recovery site. More>>

7/18/2017
Greenlane has launched its new, high-capacity 'Kauri' biogas upgrading system
Burnaby, BC – Greenlane Biogas, the world's largest biogas upgrading company, has launched its new, high-capacity 'Kauri' biogas upgrading system to provide a cost-effective solution for large scale biogas projects. More>>

7/17/2017
City calls biogas project a huge success
GRAND JUNCTION, CO-Cleaning city wastewater can be clean and green in more ways than one. Since 2015, the Persigo Wastewater treatment facility has been capturing its methane, a by product of cleaning our dirty water. Using a fuel system from ABC member BioCNG, officials have been able to convert that methane into a usable fuel for 62 city and county's vehicles. More>>

7/17/2017
What to do with food waste?
A new report has been released outlining the strategies governments and businesses should be implementing to tackle the problem of food waste. Published by Energy Vision, Food Waste Erased looks at a variety of options to deal with the 1.3 billion tons of food thrown out globally every year. The report spells out what can be done: 'from making it into compost to capturing and refining the biogas it emits into renewable natural gas (RNG) for power generation and transportation'. More>>

7/17/2017
Now for Sale in Seattle: Growlers of Brew Dew Plant Beverage
For some time we've been asked when our nutrient rich, probotic biofertilizer will be available for purchase and we're excited to tell you that the time has come! If you live in the Seattle area, or know someone who does, click below and check out the Brew Dew website where you can purchase some freshly brewed probiotic biofertilizer for yourself or a friend. More>>

7/14/2017
Sheffield dairy farm rakes in the cheddar from selling power generated from cows' methane
SHEFFIELD, MA -- The Aragi family's dairy farm -- the largest in the state -- is special because it still exists and it isn't losing money. Pine Island Farm is actually making money, not just by selling milk, but by selling power it generates from methane thrown off by cow manure [using a digester from ABC member DVO]. Nary a penny lands on the farm's electric bill, and the Aragis' sell the excess power to some local off-takers -- like Ward's Nursery -- at a discount through a state program called net metering. More>>

7/13/2017
Dairy/Biogas Job Opening: Methane Digester Technician
Alliance Dairies, Trenton, FL: As a Methane Digester Engine Technician, you are responsible Responsible for include but not limited to the operation and maintenance of one 3516A+ Caterpillar (CAT) Generator, the blower flare station, treatment skid, gas collection system, and all associated equipment. More>>

7/13/2017
The 10 benefits of separate food waste collection for anaerobic digestion
Separate food waste collection with disposal to anaerobic digestion has many benefits. Do you know how much value comes from separating food waste at source? Watch this video to find it out! More>>

7/12/2017
Washington Manufacturing CleanTech Accelerator Speeds Startup Manufacturing Success
Jan Allen and Srirup Kumar of ABC member Impact Bioenergy discussed the evolution of their startup business at the Washington Manufacturing CleanTech Accelerator. The CleanTech Accelerator hosts several companies along with Impact Bioenergy, including JIKO Power and Tape-It-Easy. The CleanTech Accelerator helps these innovative early-stage and mid-stage startup companies, especially those that target environmental solutions, by providing resources to bridge the gap between prototypes and commercialization. More>>

7/12/2017
Report: Average landfill tip fees up 3.5% so far this year
The average landfill tip fee in the U.S. increased to $50.60 as of May, up 3.5% from the end of 2016, according to new analysis from Waste Business Journal. Landfills in the Northeast remained the most expensive at $79.30, followed by $57.90 in the Pacific, $52.70 in the Midwest, $43.60 in the Southeast and $35.70 in the West. The largest increases occurred in the Midwest and the Southeast, by 8.9% and 6.6% respectively, due in part to their continued popularity as export destinations for the Northeast. More>>

7/12/2017
SWANA CEO outlines 3 obstacles facing WTE during congressional energy expo
The massive amounts of waste represents a veritable gold mine for energy production between incinerators and biogas production -- but with the current uncertainty over how the federal government will treat the RFS and how administration officials feel about WTE, the energy potential from MSW may be, well, wasted. One thing's for sure, though -- unless concerns about odor and pollution are mitigated, it will be difficult for WTE plants to develop, putting a hard stop on the sector. More>>

7/11/2017
Landia GasMix system installed at California AD facility
ABC Member ES Engineering (Irvine, CA), has installed the GasMix system from another ABC member, Denmark-based Landia, at a food waste-to-energy facility in Chino, CA. It's designed to help boost gas production from the facility's two anaerobic digesters. ES Engineering previously installed Landia chopper pumps at the site. More>>

7/11/2017
IRENA's Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Global Review 2017
The global renewable energy sector employed 9.8 million people in 2016 – a 1.1% increase over 2015. Jobs in renewables, excluding large hydropower, increased by 2.8% to reach 8.3 million in 2016. Liquid biofuels (1.7 million jobs), solid biomass (0.7 million) and biogas (0.3 million) were also major employers, with jobs concentrated in feedstock supply. Brazil, China, the United States and India were key bioenergy job markets. More>>

7/11/2017
What The AD Industry Can Learn From Solar Standardization
[BioCycle Magazine] The U.S. anaerobic digestion (AD) market represents an attractive, multibillion dollar investment opportunity. However, structural industry obstacles must be overcome before the market can realize its full potential. As a renewable energy investor with deep experience in the U.S. solar industry, ABC member Generate Capital believes there is knowledge and experience that can be transferred from the solar industry to the AD market. The landfill industry is in decline and food waste diversion regulation is on the rise. Proven AD technology already exists, with a market potential for hundreds of new biogas projects in the U.S. It is time for the AD industry to expand its role from a compliance technology for dairy manure to transforming our organic waste management system. More>>

7/10/2017
Mark Z. Jacobson & The 100% Renewable Energy Naysayers
For example, the Roadmap to 100% renewables is almost entirely restricted to examining wind, water, and sunlight, just as its title suggests. This meant that it largely ignored the separate problems we have dealing with waste, especially from agriculture, food, and human waste, which we must deal with regardless of considerations about energy. These waste products can be treated in bio-digesters to generate biogas, which we can then use both to reduce energy demand for waste handling and to produce electricity. More>>

7/9/2017
Biogas from Anaerobic Digestion Powers 1m UK Homes
Sufficient biogas is now being produced by UK anaerobic digestion plants to power over 1 million homes, according to a new report from ADBA, the biogas trade association for the UK. More>>

7/7/2017
Q&A: Clean energy pioneer sees potential in using food waste for renewable energy
Jigar Shah, the founder of solar company SunEdison, is credited with helping transform the industry in the early 2000s by allowing customers a pay-as-you-go model for installing solar panels, opening the door for widespread adoption. After leaving SunEdison, Shah in 2014 co-founded his latest venture in San Francisco-based Generate Capital, a specialty finance company focused on sustainable infrastructure within the food, energy, water and materials sectors. More>>

6/29/2017
ABC Praises House Introduction of the Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act (H.R. 2853)
The American Biogas Council, the trade association for the U.S. biogas industry, praises the recent introduction of the Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act (H.R. 2853), House companion legislation to Senate bill 988. The House bill was introduced by Congressmen Ron Kind (DWI-3) and Tom Reed (R-NY-23) with 22 original bipartisan cosponsors. That list of supporters recently grew to 25. This bill, along with the Senate companion bill, (S. 988) introduced in early May, will increase agricultural viability by helping to deploy new nutrient recovery and biogas systems that recycles organic material into baseload renewable energy and healthy soil products. The Act provides a 30 percent investment tax credit (ITC) for qualifying biogas and nutrient recovery systems. More>>

6/29/2017
Second waste-to-energy plant by Charlotte's Blue Sphere, Entropy is producing power
The Orbit Energy Rhode Island waste-to-energy plant, owned by Charlotte companies Entropy Investment Management and ABC Member Blue Sphere, has been connected to the grid and is producing electricity for initial testing. David March, a managing partner with Entropy, says the interconnection testing will continue for about 60 to 90 days. “Then it will be operational,” he says of the 3.2-megawatt project. More>>

6/29/2017
Veolia Water Technologies' 2016 Accomplishments
A short video highlighting ABC Member, Veolia Water Technologies' accomplishments in 2016. More>>

6/27/2017
Waste Management gets approval for 20-year biogas deal at Wisconsin landfill
The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) will construct a $11 million gas treatment plant at the landfill. ABC member Waste Management will maintain its gas extraction system and build a pipeline to the Emerald Park Landfill operated by Advanced Disposal. From there, the gas will be transported to the MMSD's Jones Island water treatment facility for use in powering the plant and drying sludge into Milorganite fertilizer. More>>

6/27/2017
Marshfield wastewater plant uses microbes to clean water
Treating wastewater from nearby residents, businesses and industry users of the sanitary sewer system is the mission of the Marshfield Wastewater Treatment Plant, said plant Superintendent Sam Warp during a June 21 water tour organized by Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin and UW Discovery Farms. Using the natural microbes in the waste, the facility is able to remove phosphorus, nitrogen and other nutrients from the waste before it is released into a local creek. More>>

6/26/2017
Bill aims to provide tax incentive for biogas investments
Reps. Rom Reed, R-N.Y, and Ron Kind, D-Wisc., recently introduced the House version of the Agricultural Environmental Stewardship Act (HR2853), which provides incentives to invest in biogas and nutrient recovery technology. More>>

6/23/2017
TTcogen Enters US Wastewater Treatment Facility Biogas CHP Market
WALTHAM, MA--TTcogen LLC, a 50/50 joint venture of combined heat and power (CHP) experts Tecogen Inc. and TEDOM a.s., is pleased to announce the expansion into the US Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) Biogas CHP market. Through TEDOM, TTcogen has experience with several hundreds of WWTF in Europe and is poised to bring that experience to the US market. While the product line includes units from 35 kW to 4 MW, TTcogen sees tremendous opportunity in the underserved market for smaller CHP projects between 60 kW and 500 kW. More>>

6/23/2017
CT SB943 will help spark development of anaerobic digesters, enabling farmers to become the newest renewable energy producers.
From the Senator: Connecticut farmers will now have the opportunity to join the green energy revolution, thanks to legislation championed by Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr. (D-Branford). Senate Bill 943 promotes the use of cow manure and food waste as a renewable energy source through the process of anaerobic digestion. The bill also creates an easier, cheaper and faster regulatory permitting process for farmers who are interested in adopting this technology. More>>

6/22/2017
Plate to Power, Oregon: Urban Food Policy Snapshot
Gresham, OR has a food waste recycling program that makes sure food waste gets to a local digester to make biogas and soil amendments. Schools and businesses in Gresham that want to participate receive free internal collection containers -- bins for tossing food scraps inside the schools or business -- free signs that explain how to separate waste, and free training. More>>

6/22/2017
LA Metro Awards Contract for 295 New Natural Gas Buses Fueled by RNG
Today the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) voted to purchase 295 40-foot compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, which will be fueled by renewable natural gas (RNG). The contract includes an option for the purchase of 305 additional 40 foot CNG buses. Previously, LA Metro awarded an RNG contract to ABC member Clean Energy Fuels Corp. to fuel its fleet of transit buses. The deal calls for Clean Energy to provide Metro its Redeem brand of RNG, the first renewable and commercially available vehicle fuel made entirely from 100% organic waste. More>>

6/21/2017
LA Metro Awards Multi-Year Contract For Clean Energy's Redeem Renewable Natural Gas To Fuel Nation's Largest CNG Bus Fleet
Clean Energy Fuels Corp., announced today that the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has awarded Clean Energy a renewable natural gas (RNG) contract to fuel its fleet of transit buses. The deal calls for Clean Energy to provide Metro its Redeem brand of RNG, the first renewable and commercially available vehicle fuel made entirely from 100% organic waste. More>>

6/21/2017
Water Environment Federation and American Biogas Council partner on organic waste conversion
The Washington-based associations, Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the American Biogas Council (ABC) are partnering to expand the conversion of organic waste into renewable energy and valuable soil products at facilities across the U.S. More>>

6/21/2017
Dane County might sell the methane its landfill produces to California
ABC Member Dane County was one of the first in Wisconsin to begin using the methane its landfill produces to generate electricity. However, this is not what the electricity is used for. Dane County has a 10-year contract with Madison Gas and Electric, selling the electricity to it for about $3 million a year, John Welch says. As that contract comes to an end, Dane County is hoping to get a better deal. A proposed $18 million project in the 2017 budget would allow the county to turn the methane the trash produces into compressed natural gas, or CNG. That fuel could then be sold. It might even get piped to California, which is the leading market in the United States for the gas. More>>

6/21/2017
EPA just gave notice to dozens of scientific advisory board members that their time is up
The Environmental Protection Agency has given notice to dozens of scientists that they will not be renewed in their roles in advising the agency, continuing a scientific shake-up that has already triggered resignations and charges from some researchers that the administration is politicizing the agency. More>>

6/20/2017
WEF, American Biogas Council to Accelerate Generation of Renewable Energy and Soil Products
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the American Biogas Council (ABC) are partnering to expand the conversion of organic waste into renewable energy and valuable soil products at facilities across the U.S. More>>

6/19/2017
[Press Release] U.S. Renewable Energy Groups Share a Vision of the 21st Century Power Grid
Eight national business groups representing the diverse spectrum of renewable energy technologies (wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, hydro, biogas and waste-to-energy) today released a first-of-its-kind joint statement outlining a positive vision for the future of America's power grid. In “A Shared Vision of the 21st Century Grid,” the groups highlight mutual support for market structures that appropriately value new and existing technologies, tax policy continuity and parity for all renewable technologies, and the expansion and modernization of the electrical grid to support the proper operation and integration of clean power sources. More>>

6/19/2017
Request for Information for the Acceptance of Pre-Processed Food Waste for The City of Philadelphia
PWD is requesting interested vendors to submit a response detailing the process they would use to obtain, process, and deliver a liquefied food waste stream. Creative solutions that can be easily scaled are encouraged. More>>

6/17/2017
CA wastewater treatment plant overhaul will take advantage of RINs, LCFS credits, more
Since the plant needs a nearly-complete overhaul anyway, Gibson and Walker were looking toward creating a resource recovery center, which would convert solid wastes and wastewater into revenue for the City of Alton through using renewable energy credits in both the federal market and in the State of California, as well as fertilizers and advanced biofuels. To explain more of the costs, benefits and functions of both the possible plant and the credit trading network, two representatives of Iowa-based ABC member Ecoengineers explained... More>>

6/16/2017
Perdue Names Leadership in Acting Roles as USDA Reorganization Takes Shape
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today named three individuals who will take on leadership roles as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues the reorganization announced on May 11, 2017. More>>

6/16/2017
Ground broken on Utah's first AD facility to handle food scraps
Ground was officially broken on the $43 million Wasatch Resource Recovery project this week, Utah's first anaerobic digester for food scraps, as reported by The Salt Lake Tribune. The North Salt Lake facility is a public-private partnership between ALPRO Energy & Water and the South Davis Sewer District, which will manage operations. The project will use Monsal digestion technology from ABC member GE, which also includes a system to separate out non-organic contaminants for recycling. The first phase will include two digesters capable of processing 180,000 tons of source-separated material per year and a second phase will boost that volume to 250,000 tons per year, as reported by Biomass Magazine. More>>

6/16/2017
The surprising number of American adults who think chocolate milk comes from brown cows
Can greater ag-education help get more biogas systems built? Seven percent of all American adults believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows, according to a nationally representative online survey commissioned by ABC member, the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. If you do the math, that works out to 16.4 million misinformed, milk-drinking people. The equivalent of the population of Pennsylvania (and then some!) does not know that chocolate milk is milk, cocoa and sugar. More>>

6/16/2017
Signs For Fast-Charging Stations Now On I-94 In Minnesota
It stings when we see good news like this that's useless to the biogas industry because the EPA won't activate the electric pathway in the Renewable Fuel Standard. More>>

6/15/2017
CleanWorld Sells Digester to UC Davis
The University of California, Davis, has purchased an anaerobic biodigester from ABC member CleanWorld that has operated on campus since 2014 and plans to open an adjacent composting facility to create a more comprehensive waste-management strategy. The purchase will allow UC Davis to maintain an active research program on anaerobic digester technology and potentially expand research opportunities in compost application for healthy soils and carbon sequestration. More>>

6/15/2017
Requiem for a digester
For about nine months, billions of microbes churning inside the bioreactors turned nearly 1,000 tons of waste into energy every day. Lots of energy: at full capacity, the facility could produce 4,700 dekatherms of energy daily, roughly the capacity of a 20-megawatt power plant, which could service around 20,000 homes. The methane, injected into a gas pipeline and sold to Sacramento to support its clean energy goals, was the highest-value product of this digestion process. But it wasn't the only one. The digester also produced a superior-quality, pathogen-free compost as well as a liquid soil amendment (LSA), both certified by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) and suitable for organic use. In the process, it produced almost no waste. Of the nearly 30,000 tons of material that fed the digester each month, much of which would otherwise go to landfill, it was only trashing about 100 tons -- about .003 percent of its intake. More>>

6/14/2017
Cornell researches show benefits of hydrothermal liquefaction before anaerobic digestion
In a classic tale of turning trash into treasure, two different processes soon may be the favored dynamic duo to turn food waste into green energy, according to a new Cornell-led study in the journal Bioresource Technology. More>>

6/14/2017
Michigan company's system extracts drinking water from poop
But if it was, this Michigan company could put it to good use. Digested Organics, an Ann Arbor based company and ABC member specializing in sustainable waste management and alternative energy, has created a system that allows clients to convert manure into clean water for farm use and surface water discharge. (Also featuring ABC member Scenic View Dairy.) More>>

6/12/2017
EPA launches Animal Agriculture Education Project
As part of EPA's efforts to protect water quality through voluntary collaborations with the animal agriculture sector, EPA is announcing the launch of the Animal Agriculture Education Project, a series of educational modules to increase understanding and knowledge among state and federal government agencies and the agricultural industry about water quality protection and animal feeding operations. The project will include multimedia features such as videos and virtual tours of farms and discuss topics including advances in technologies and production systems, measures to protect water quality, and issues involved in on-farm decision-making about manure management. This module is an overview of animal agriculture in the U.S. and how industry trends have affected manure management. Because the primary use of manure is land application as a plant fertilizer, the module addresses nutrient management and surface water quality impacts. The module also covers regulatory requirements and efforts to manage and reduce risks of manure nutrients reaching water. More>>

6/12/2017
Vanguard Renewables' Alliance with DFA Creates More Digesters and Happy Farmers
"At first I thought I could build a small digester to produce enough electricity for my farm," Melnick said. "Then the concept of food waste was introduced to me and the story just grows from there." The recent announcement of an alliance between two ABC members Dairy Farmers of America and Vanguard Renewables, a Massachusetts-based renewable energy developer, was the missing piece of the puzzle for Melnik. More>>

6/9/2017
Job Opportunity with quasar energy group: Plant Operations Manager
The Plant Operations Manager is primarily responsible for the delivery of all operations and maintenance activities required under the service agreement contract. Duties include; planning, organizing and directing activities with respect to the respective contract operations, including but not limited to anaerobic digesters, client service, managing staff, etc. as may be required by contract This the top management position at the facility. More>>

6/9/2017
Job Opportunity with quasar energy group: Plant Shift Supervisor
Position: Plant Shift Supervisor Location: Casa Grande, AZ Job Id: 132 # of Openings: 1 Summary: This position reports directly to the Plant Operations Manager and is primarily responsible for overseeing all preventative maintenance activities and plant operations. The Shift Supervisor supervises and directs the activities of plant personnel in the operation and maintenance of all operations processes and is capable of performing all operator duties and assumes others' roles whenever necessary. Shift Supervisors serve as the next level supervisor for laborers, operators, and mechanics and will be the on-site contact person for truck drivers. The Shift Supervisor is expected to assure that operations remain in functional working order, including adequate staffing and identification of any operational problems requiring action. More>>

6/9/2017
NYSERDA, NYPA issue record renewable energy RFP
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and New York Power Authority have issued requests for proposals (RFP) for up to 2.5 million megawatt-hours of renewable power, collectively totaling the largest renewable RFP issued by any state. More>>

6/9/2017
In Trump Country, Renewable Energy Is Thriving
Some of the fastest progress on clean energy is occurring in states led by Republican governors and legislators, and states carried by Donald J. Trump in the presidential election. The five states that get the largest percentage of their power from wind turbines -- Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, Oklahoma and North Dakota -- all voted for Mr. Trump. So did Texas, which produces the most wind power in absolute terms. In fact, 69 percent of the wind power produced in the country comes from states that Mr. Trump carried in November. More>>

6/8/2017
Puregas Solutions Install First BioLNG Plant
The Biogas Upgrading Plant was installed at the Skogn Papermill, Norway in early June. The plant, which will upgrade up to 3,000Nm3/h of raw biogas, will be part of the largest biogas liquefaction plant in the Nordic Countries producing fuel for public transport vehicles. More>>

6/7/2017
GE technology to convert food waste into biogas at Utah project
The Wasatch Resource Recovery project in North Salt Lake City, Utah, has selected Monsal advanced anaerobic digestion technologies from ABC member GE to convert food waste into biogas to generate renewable energy and fertilizer. The first phase will generate up to 3,000 dekatherms a day of renewable natural gas (RNG). Once both phases are operational, WRR will supply enough RNG to meet the needs of approximately 40,000 people or 15,000 homes. More>>

6/7/2017
CR&R Invests $50 Million Turning Waste Into Energy
CR&R, an ABC member, is an integrated waste management company based in Orange County, California that boasts that their new renewable energy project is one of the largest and most advanced anaerobic digestion facilities in North America. The project will convert green waste and food waste into biogas and compost soil amendments. The process will also use recycled water from the local wastewater treatment plant. The plant is projected to process 335,000 tons of solid waste per year resulting in 4 million gallons of natural gas and 250,000 tons of digestate that can be used as soil amendments. CR&R's fleet can use 3 million gallons of the natural gas leaving 1 million gallons that can be resold to the community, according to the senior regional vice president at CR&R, Alex Braicovich. CR&R is the first company to contract with SoCal Gas and has installed 1.3 miles of pipeline to connect with them. The facility is being built on an existing CR&R 50-acre material recovery and transfer station in Perris and will serve the southwest portion of Riverside County. More>>

6/6/2017
Representatives from the biogas industry spoke at WasteExpo in New Orleans about their best practices suited for municipalities.
Diverting organics from the waste stream and reducing food waste recently became a larger subject many municipalities in North America has come across. From meeting diversion goals to reducing greenhouse gases (GHG), representatives from the American Biogas Council in Washington, Vanguard Renewables of Wellesley, Massachusetts, and BiogasWorld in Quebec, shared examples of their best biogas practices during WasteExpo 2017 in New Orleans. More>>

6/6/2017
DSNY rolls out largest expansion of its curbside organics program to date
DSNY plans to continue expanding collection service to residents in additional neighborhoods this month and eventually offer curbside access to more than 2 million residents this year. Factoring in drop-off locations -- the city now has 100 and counting -- DSNY aims to provide organics recycling options to all residents by the end of 2018. More>>

6/6/2017
BioCycle REFOR17 Call for Papers Deadline: July 1
BIOCYCLE REFOR17 is accepting abstracts for conference presentations until July 1. BIOCYCLE REFOR17 in Portland, Oregon, October 16-19, 2017, is the only national conference on renewable energy from organics recycling -- the premier event for the anaerobic digestion and biogas industries. Organized by BioCycle, the Organics Recycling Authority, BIOCYCLE REFOR17 is also The Official Conference of the American Biogas Council. More>>

6/6/2017
Call for Nominations to Serve on USDA National Organics Standards Board
USDA seeks nominations to fill one vacancy for an individual with expertise in areas of environmental protection and resource conservation to serve on the NOSB from January 2018 to January 2023. The USDA is also seeking nominations for a pool of candidates to fill future unexpected vacancies in any of the seven position categories, should unexpected vacancies occur. A person appointed to fill an unexpected vacancy will serve for the remainder of the 5-year term of the vacant position. More>>

6/2/2017
How New York Is Turning Food Waste Into Compost and Biogas
Every once in a while, a reporter, really nails how we need to recycle food waste and the complementary relationship between anaerobic digesters and composting systems. Emily Rueb and illustrator Joren Cull from the New York Times, nailed it. Read it and then share! More>>

6/2/2017
Editorial: Enterprising Ecologically
Mother Nature is apolitical. She is not red, blue or purple. But in order to sustain human and ecosystem life on this planet, Mother Nature needs a fair amount of help right now. And being realistic, she knows that this help comes with a price -- as well as a profit. We would venture to say that Mother Earth is a huge fan of enterprising ecologically.Jerome (Jerry) Goldstein, founder of BioCycle, recognized the economic opportunities imbedded in environmentally sound technologies and systems, decades before companies and institutions created corporate sustainability departments. Is it possible to manage your company ecologically?, he asked in the introduction to his 1970 book, How To Manage Your Company Ecologically. Being an optimist and having decided to plunge ahead, I maintain that you can manage your company ecologically -- or at least, in a much more ecological manner than in the past. There are many, many things that can be done -- once you're sensitive to the problems of the environmental crisis. More>>

6/1/2017
New Jersey Senate approves 3 food waste reduction bills
UPDATE: The New Jersey Senate recently voted to approve a package of three food waste reduction bills, according to a press release from Senate Democrats. This package includes the establishment of a state goal to reduce food waste 50% by 2030 (S-3027); voluntary guidelines for food donation from schools and higher education institutions (S-2360/3030); and the expansion of liability protection for donations made directly to individuals (S-3026). More>>

6/1/2017
Future water utilities may need a totally different approach to sewage, food waste
THE CONCEPT: A new approach to wastewater treatment would use small, local facilities to clean water, generate electricity and produce fertilizer. NEXT STEPS: The town of Littleton, MA has appropriated $450,000 to design what is believed to be the first such facility in the country. More>>

6/1/2017
Biogas RNG outpacing even solar in growth potential
Serfass points out that as long as the U.S. has to handle an immense waste stream and keep farmers supplied with fertilizers, it makes sense to solve both inescapable challenges with biogas and RNG. He explains that turning the organic wastes from food production, livestock manure, wastewater treatment plants, and municipal solid waste into high-energy, climate-positive biogas is a profitable first step. This first stage creates significant economic and environmental benefits. The benefits multiply in the second stage – turning biogas into RNG by cleaning the biogas so that it can be pumped into the nation's natural gas pipelines for distribution. More>>

5/31/2017
Cold conversion of food waste into renewable energy and fertilizer
In a study published in Process Safety and Environmental Protection, authors Rajinikanth Rajagopal, David Bellavance and Mohammad Saifur Rahaman demonstrate the viability of using anaerobic digestion in a low-temperature (20 degrees C) environment to convert solid food waste into renewable energy and organic fertilizer. More>>

5/31/2017
Chris Carey Joins Harvest in Operations Leadership Role
ABC member Harvest Power, Inc., a leader in organics sustainability, today announced that Christopher Carey is joining its senior leadership team as Senior Vice President, Operations, providing results-driven leadership for the company's growth. More>>



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