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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>>

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>>

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