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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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

[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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

Proposals could make it easier for farmers to profit from manure bioenergy
A pair of federal efforts could make it more profitable to turn organic waste from agriculture and other sources into energy by taking advantage of the Renewable Fuel Standard. One is a bill recently introduced in the U.S. Senate that would create a 30 percent investment tax credit for qualifying biogas and nutrient-recovery systems. That would put renewable compressed natural gas on a similar footing with solar and wind energy. A separate approach, currently before the Environmental Protection Agency, aims to create a pathway that would pay biogas producers for providing power for electric vehicles. More>>

NY Methane Reduction Plan Pushes Organics Recycling
Recovering or recycling organic waste from large generators is listed as the state's top priority for reducing emissions from landfills. This is said to include support and funding from multiple agencies for food donation networks, composting facilities and anaerobic digesters. More>>

Massachusetts dairy farmers to turn manure into renewable energy with Ag-Grid Energy
"It reduces odors at the farm, the farm doesn't have to rely on the grid," said Ag-Grid Energy CEO and Founder Raski Akki. "It fits well with local needs." After the process is complete, the manure and food waste will smell less pungent, something Williams says is a welcome change. He says he does not notice the distinct smell of his dairy farm, but others who live in the residential area near his farm do. More>>

Video, slides now online for Tuesday's Biogas and RNG briefing in the Capitol
"Powering Businesses, Homes and Vehicles with Waste: How to Grow the Economy & Jobs with Biogas & Renewable Natural Gas" The American Biogas Council, the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute held a briefing about the untapped energy in domestic wastes. Waste streams -- including manure, agricultural waste, waste water, food scraps and landfill gases -- can be converted to biogas and upgraded to renewable natural gas (RNG) for electricity, pipeline injection, or vehicle use, while also providing valuable products such as fertilizer and compost. Using these products provides local jobs, improves air and water quality, assists in meeting multi-agency nutrient management strategies and helps to meet multiple policy goals espoused in both the Farm Bill and the Renewable Fuel Standard. More>>

2017 CEA Winner In Biotech: Cavanaugh & Associates
"You can't make a silk purse from a sow's ear," said a 16th-century proverb. A half millennium later Cavanaugh & Associates is doing something even better – converting swine dung into fuel. Rather than let the animal waste degrade in open-air lagoons, it is flushed into a vessel called an anaerobic digester, under the system. Denied oxygen, bacteria consume carbon in the organic waste and emit energy-rich biogas. The biogas is then pumped to a local refinery to remove carbon dioxide. Pipeline-quality methane is then inserted into the natural gas system. More>>

California firm buys, plans to reopen MI Fremont bioenergy facility
These biodigesters can reduce costs for companies that produce food waste by diverting their materials from landfill, which Shah says is becoming increasingly expensive. "If you're a producer of food waste, this is becoming a real problem for you," he said. "The cost of doing business is going up and their ability to be profitable in Michigan is going down. We're providing a very cost-effective way (to deal with that). And it gives investors like us the confidence that it's a formula that can be replicated again and again." More>>

New milk ad highlights "electricity that powers your home."
#Dairy is everywhere, from the #milk in your coffee to the electricity that powers your home. #undeniablydairy More>>

For Rubicon Global, corporate chatter fuels a competitive fire
ABC member Rubicon Global has a way of eliciting strong opinions about its business model. Large companies may be dismissive, financial analysts may be intrigued, smaller companies may be attracted. Regardless of their positions, everyone was watching Rubicon last week at WasteExpo. More>>

New incentives for biogas systems welcomed as ‘win-win for everyone'
The American Biogas Council, the trade association representing the US biogas industry, has welcomed the recent Agricultural Environmental Stewardship Act (S.998).Introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Pat Roberts of Kansas, the new act will increase the sustainability of farms by helping to deploy new nutrient recovery and biogas systems to recycle organic material in baseload renewable energy and healthy soil products. A key component of the new legislation is a 30% investment tax credit for qualifying biogas and nutrient recovery systems. More>>

Clean Fuel Partners Receives Lumley Leadership Award for Lake Stewardship
Dane, WI – The Lumley Leadership Award for Lake Stewardship was awarded to Clean Fuel Partners, LLC (Clean Fuel) at the Clean Lakes Alliance's annual Save the Lakes Breakfast for its vital work to promote clean lakes by reducing phosphorus entering the Yahara watershed. More>>

Biogas Industry Applauds Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act (S. 988)
WASHINGTON, DC -- The American Biogas Council, the trade association for the U.S. biogas industry, applauds the recent introduction of the bipartisan Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act (S. 988). This legislation, introduced last week by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) will increase the sustainability of farms by helping to deploy new nutrient recovery and biogas systems to recycle 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>>

SoCal Economy of the Future Draws International Interest
It's not every day that a waste management facility draws interest from around the world. Then again, ABC member CR&R Environmental Services' new eight-acre anaerobic digestion complex in Riverside County is no ordinary facility. Curious developers are flocking to see how this public-private partnership is turning food scraps into fuel and transforming Southern California's green waste into a green economy of the future. More>>

Mind your language
In March, Patrick Serfass, executive director of the American Biogas Council told Bioenergy Insight that his organisation had changed its lexicon in order to get its environmental message through to the current administration. He said: "The lexicon we are using today is different from what we were using in October. We are removing climate change from our vocabulary and using other vocabulary that resonates more with Republican interests like infrastructure, clean air and clean water. This focuses more on the theme of personal health issues than environmental issues." More>>

Marathon Equipment and Organix Solutions in Collaboration with Waste Robotics Offers Fully Automated Robotic Organic Waste Diversion
Marathon Equipment, a Dover Company, and Organix Solutions proudly announce their installation of a Waste Robotics bag-sorting robot at Randy's Sanitation of Minneapolis, Minnesota. This system has been customized to fully automate their organics diversion sort line. More>>

Biogas Industry Lauds Senator Wyden's Technology Neutral Energy Tax Reform Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C.- The American Biogas Council (ABC) released the following statement in response to the introduction of Senator Ron Wyden's (D-OR) Technology Neutral Energy Tax Reform bill, the Clean Energy for America Act. Senator Wyden continues to forge a leadership role in promoting the next generation of energy sources by proposing technology neutral tax strategies for long-term growth and development of these next gen energy sources. More>>

Dem senator pushes bill to overhaul clean energy tax credits
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) has introduced a bill to create a new system of federal tax credits for clean energy projects. The bill, dubbed the "Clean Energy for America Act," would overhaul the existing tax structure for energy development, which today consists of 44 different tax credits. More>>

Opportunities to Reduce Food Waste in the 2018 Farm Bill
Opportunities to Reduce Food Waste in the 2018 Farm Bill details how Congress can take action to reduce food waste, highlighting opportunities for inclusion in the 2018 Farm Bill. Given the strong bipartisan support for measures to reduce food waste, the next Farm Bill provides an exciting opportunity to invest in food waste reduction in order to support the social, economic, and environmental benefits that can come along with reducing food waste. This report breaks food waste recommendations into categories based on whether they are intended to reduce food waste, recover more food for donation, or recycle food scraps through composting or anaerobic digestion. More>>

3-Day Digester Operator Training Course
The American Biogas Council and UW-Oshkosh have put together a first class in-person, hands on training program for operators, operations managers, owners and developers, supplemented with classroom teaching. UW-Oshkosh offers you the unique opportunity to not only visit and learn 3 different digester types, but to also take advantage of the teaching atmosphere fostered at these biogas systems to turn valves and learn, hands-on, how to make sure you're making good decisions at your digester for its optimal operation while also learning to notice new early warning signs that can help you avoid costly problems or catch them sooner. Barring unforeseen issues, UW-Oshkosh is planning to suspend some normal maintenance and repairs in the days leading up to the workshop to give you the chance to implement them. More>>

[Video] Rep. Dave Reichert Promotes Clean Tech Jobs, With Biogas
According to Representative Dave Reichert (R-WA), you can create clean tech jobs, energy and protect the environment, with biogas system companies like those made by ABC member Impact Bioenergy. We agree! More>>

2017 Fuel Cell Seminar and Energy Exposition Abstracts Due May 27
The 2017 Fuel Cell Seminar being held on November 7-9 in Long Beach, California and the Call for Abstracts is now available. Abstracts for both presentations and poster sessions are due by May 27, 2017. The Electrochemical Society will publish an issue of its ECS Transactions (ECST) of full conference papers from the 2017 Fuel Cell Seminar for interested presenters. More>>

Oshkosh, Wisconsin: 3-Day Digester Training Course
[BioCycle Magazine] The American Biogas Council (ABC), along with the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (UW-Oshkosh), is providing a new, intensive operator training class -- June 13-15, 2017 -- for digester operators, facility managers, owners and developers. The hands-on, 3-day class is taking place at the UW-Oshkosh campus. Each day includes a combination of classroom training and field work at three operating digester facilities -- each with a different type of digester: continuous mix, dry fermentation and mixed plug flow systems. More>>

Portland plans to replace diesel using waste methane from sewage
Portland is searching for alternative sources of energy in unlikely places – including the city's sewage treatment plants. New infrastructure at the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant will allow the city to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) for use in trucks, instead of diesel. The plan could allow Portland to slash their greenhouse gas emissions by 21,000 tons every year. More>>

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