American Biogas Council

Xebec Acquires Ontario-Based Air and Gas Service Company
"This acquisition will set Xebec on a path of significant growth in its industrial compressed air treatment business, while also providing future Canada-wide service, support and operations capabilities for its cleantech and renewable gas segment. Being able to provide local service, maintenance and operational support to our cleantech customers in Ontario, especially biogas upgrading customers, is a critical component to our value proposition..." More>>

Renewable Fuel Standard volumes for 2019 give biogas a big boost
ABC praised the EPA's move in increasing the volume of request biogas, but said it was "disappointed" that the 2019 rule "shows zero progress" in incentivizing electricity generation from biogas. "This important part of the RFS has remained fallow since its inclusion in EPA's 2014 Final Rule," the council said. More>>

Algal Flow Way Technology to Remove Nutrients from the Bay
[Video] Researchers at the University of Maryland are encouraging the growth of algae on land to remove nutrients from waterways and create a new feedstock for anaerobic digesters to produce renewable energy. More>>

PSE renewable energy program turns problem into power
Utility companies are always searching for new sources of renewable energy. Puget Sound Energy found one in a field full of cows (built by ABC member Regenis). More>>

Chuck Schumer: No deal on infrastructure without addressing climate change
[Op-ed by Senator Schumer] Now that Democrats will soon control one branch of Congress, President Trump is again signaling that infrastructure could be an area of compromise. We agree, but if the president wanted to earn Democratic support in the Senate, any infrastructure bill would have to include policies and funding that help transition our country to a clean-energy economy and mitigate the risks the United States already faces from climate change. More>>

EPA recognizes biogas projects under PISCES program
In November, the U.S. EPA recognized 30 clean water infrastructure projects for excellence and innovation within the Clean Water State Revolving Fund program. Two biogas projects were among the five projects named as exceptional projects under the 2018 PISCES program, including a renewable energy facility in Delaware and a biogas project in Kansas. More>>

The freshman farm caucus
While congressional leaders are getting closer to passing a farm bill this year, wise eyes are already looking at who might serve on the House Agriculture Committee next year when the Democrats take over the chamber. House Agriculture ranking member Collin Peterson of Minnesota, who is expected to become chairman, has already said he wants to organize the committee quickly. If the current ratio of 26 Republicans to 19 Democrats is reversed, Peterson will face the challenge of finding new members with an interest in and knowledge of food and agriculture. More>>

EPA, USDA encourage voluntary nutrient reduction
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have been working for decades to reduce nutrient losses from agricultural lands and improve water quality. The agencies issued a letter to state and tribal co-regulators Dec. 4 that encourages increased engagement and a reinvigoration of state, tribal and federal efforts to reduce excess nutrients in waterways, with a focus on market-based and other collaborative approaches. More>>

Key congressman optimistic about passing farm bill soon
Peterson, the top Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, who's expected to become chairman next year, was heavily involved in negotiations that produced an agreement in principle last week among the top committee leaders in both the House and Senate. He said at a news conference that the final bill will get filed Monday, that he expects the House will take it up next Wednesday or Thursday, and that the Senate could then take it up the next day. More>>

Can We Grow More Food on Less Land? We'll Have To, a New Study Finds
If the world hopes to make meaningful progress on climate change, it won't be enough for cars and factories to get cleaner. Our cows and wheat fields will have to become radically more efficient, too. That's the basic conclusion of a sweeping new study issued Wednesday by the World Resources Institute, an environmental group. The report warns that the world's agricultural system will need drastic changes in the next few decades in order to feed billions more people without triggering a climate catastrophe. More>>

Farm bill delayed, but Perdue signals administration support
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Monday that he would recommend President Donald Trump sign the new farm bill that congressional negotiators agreed on even though it wouldn't tighten work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. However, the House and Senate will not act on the final legislation until at least next week. Lawmakers had planned to file the conference report on Tuesday, but that step has been delayed until next week because of the cancellation of votes to mourn the late President George H.W. Bush. More>>

Farms are going carbon-neutral -- and cows are leading the way
[By ABC member Michael McCloskey] Going carbon-neutral is an ambitious goal for even the greenest food business -- and exponentially more so for a 37,000-cow dairy farm. But that's the goal we at Indiana-based Fair Oaks Farms have set. And we have a message for the governors, mayors, CEOs, producers and others who gathered in San Francisco this fall for the Global Climate Action Summit: It isn't just possible to slash carbon emissions -- it is happening. More>>

Don't curb gas utilities; clean them up
[Boston Globe] If anything good comes out of the trouble with gas utilities this year, it should be a commitment to move toward a cleaner future now, even as they continue to convert oil-heating homes.It's unlikely the heavily-regulated utilities will all do so on their own. So while federal officials tackle safety concerns raised by the explosions -- there was a US Senate committee hearing in Lawrence on Monday -- the state should also be prodding the gas utilities in a greener direction, in the same way the Commonwealth nudged electric utilities to source power from wind and solar generators. More>>

American Biogas Council Reacts to EPA's Final Renewable Fuel Volumes for 2019
On November 30, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Renewable Fuel Standards Program: Standards for 2019 Biomass-Based Diesel Volume 2020 which sets the final volumes for renewable fuels in the Renewable Fuel Standard. The American Biogas Council (ABC), the trade association for the entire US biogas industry, released the following statement in response. Biogas systems recycle organic material like food and yard waste, sewage sludge and animal manure, producing renewable energy in addition to valuable soil products. More>>

Farm Bill deal 'very close,' senators say
"We have finally reached a point where I think we're very close and very encouraged," Republican Senator Pat Roberts from Kansas, who heads the Senate's Agriculture Committee, told reporters. Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow from Michigan said at the same briefing that she was very encouraged by the progress made. More>>

ABC Press Release: Climate Report Provides Reminder of Biogas' Wide-Ranging Environmental Benefits
Today, the American Biogas Council released the following statement in response to the fourth National Climate Assessment released Friday. The American Biogas Council is the trade association for the US biogas industry. Biogas systems recycle organic material like food and yard waste, sewage sludge and animal manure, producing renewable energy in addition to valuable soil products. More>>

Is pig poop the next fracking? Smithfield Foods about to put energy goals to the test.
A pledge by Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork producer, to transform hog manure into a clean natural gas aims to mint hundreds of pig farms in North Carolina into renewable energy gold mines. The scale envisioned by Smithfield aspires to go far beyond the roughly 40 hog farms in the United States that currently convert swine waste to energy. The concept has been tinkered with for several decades, but it has never taken off on a grand scale because the technology and logistics have been considered too expensive and too experimental for widespread adoption. More>>

Michigan governor pushes tip fee increase as a final priority
Michigan governor Rick Snyder is attempting to pass his Renew Michigan legislation, which deals with solid waste management and recycling, before his term expires at the end of the year, reports WOOD-TV. The proposal, which serves as a replacement for the Clean Michigan Initiative Bond, seeks to raise the current state-mandated landfill tip fee from $0.36 per ton to $4.75 per ton. According to the governor's office, the price hike would generate $79 million annually to fund brownfield site clean-up, waste management initiatives and recycling efforts. More>>

Extending Expired Tax Incentives Creates U.S. Jobs
The American Biogas Council joins 60 organizations to push for extensions of key tax credits that support a range of biogas projects. Take a look a the new website supporttaxextenders.com to learn why it's so critical that Congress create parity in the marketplace so biogas projects can compete fairly with other renewable energy projects. More>>

Companies launch plan to capture methane from hog manure lagoons
The world's largest pork producer is teaming up with a Virginia-based energy company to harness methane gas from thousands of malodorous hog lagoons to both heat homes and combat climate change. Food giant Smithfield Foods and Dominion Energy, a large electric and gas utility, have agreed to spend $125 million each over 10 years to cover hog lagoons in North Carolina, Virginia and Utah, capture methane gas and feed that into Dominion's pipeline network, the companies said. More>>

Hennepin County, MN requires organics recycling for cities and certain businesses
On Tuesday, the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners approved revisions to the county's recycling ordinance. The changes require businesses that generate large quantities of food waste to implement food waste recycling by January 1, 2020 and cities to offer organics composting service to residents by 2022. In addition to requiring organics recycling, the ordinance was revised to improve conventional recycling at businesses, apartments, and other multifamily dwellings. More>>

Air Liquide to build first world scale liquid hydrogen production plant dedicated to the supply of Hydrogen energy markets
Air Liquide, an ABC member, will build the first world scale liquid hydrogen production unit dedicated to the hydrogen energy markets, located in the Western U.S., and has signed a long-term agreement with FirstElement Fuel Inc (FEF), a leader in retail hydrogen infrastructure in the U.S., to supply hydrogen to FEF's retail liquid hydrogen fueling stations in California. These new commitments will serve the growing needs of the hydrogen mobility market in California and help enable and complement the deployment of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles and support the hydrogen merchant market across the state. [ABC note: We don't know yet whether there's a commitment to make the liquid hydrogen renewably using biogas, but CA has incentives in place to favor the production of renewable hydrogen and separately, FirstElement has announced an agreement to buy renewable hydrogen from Air Liquide for their hydrogen fueling stations.] More>>

Dominion Energy and Smithfield Foods Partner to Transform the Future of Sustainable Energy
The joint Dominion Energy and Smithfield Press Release leads with these bulleted statements: Dominion Energy and Smithfield Foods form joint venture, Align Renewable Natural Gas (RNG). Initial projects announced in North Carolina, Virginia and Utah will capture waste methane from hog farms and convert it into renewable natural gas to heat homes and power local industries. Transformational partnership will dramatically reduce methane emissions from the agriculture and energy industries in support of state greenhouse gas reduction initiatives. RNG enhances fuel diversity for natural gas utilities and provides a waste management solution and new revenue stream for family farmers. [The biogas project OptimaKV, developed by ABC member Cavanaugh & Associates, is held up as an example of what's likely to come.] More>>

Waste Management to move headquarters location
The company will remain in Houston but move to a more sustainable building. "The move to a new corporate headquarters is one part of our overall efforts to create great spaces for our employees to thrive, and to demonstrate our continued commitment to sustainability," says Jim Fish, the president and chief executive officer of Waste Management, an ABC member. "This new work space is one of the many ways we are focused on investing in our people. Additionally, the building will be one of the most sustainable office buildings in Houston and supports our company commitments to conserving natural resources." More>>

Butterflies and Biogas A Focus Of Smithfield Foods
Hog farms in Missouri are planting prairie grasses that double as habitat for monarchs and feedstock for digesters. Three years ago, Smithfield teamed up with ABC member Roeslein Alternative Energy (RAE) to install biogas infrastructure across all company-owned finishing farms in Missouri. In addition to using manure, the project will harvest prairie grass from this field and others for methane generation. More>>

Can Food Waste Fuel Cities?
We are gathering interest in funding, constructing and operating several proposed $10,000,000, one-megawatt anaerobic digestion systems in Nevada. This system will enable Las Vegas businesses to profit from food waste for generations to come. We're starting in Las Vegas because it has the largest landfill in the nation, but your community can be next. More>>

How The Midterms And Lame-Duck Session Are Pushing The Farm Bill To A Deal
House and Senate negotiators are reportedly close to finalizing a framework on a farm bill compromise in hopes it will pass both chambers of Congress and be on the president's desk by the end of the year. According to a spokesperson for Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., House and Senate committee staff worked through the weekend and again on Monday "exchanging offers daily" as last details are being ironed out. More>>

GESS International Breaks Ground on New Biomass Plants in NC
GESS International, an ABC member, joined economic development officials, local farmers and community leaders in November to break ground on two new biomass plants. The first, on Nov. 8, marked the start of work at the Wilson County Green Energy Biogas Park in Stantonsburg NC; the second, on Nov. 14, at the Union County Green Energy Biogas Park in Monroe, NC. Both biogas production plants are expected to start construction in Q1 of 2019 and become fully operational by Q3 of 2020. The plants are expected to utilize 160,000 tons of swine waste and 80,000 tons of green biomass, producing 500,000 MMBtu of renewable natural gas annually; the biomass production is the energy equivalent of powering 6,800 homes. Each plant will also help create 16 new full-time jobs in the community. More>>

2G Energy AG expands sales and service activities in North America
2G Energy AG, one of the world's leading manufacturers of gas-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plants, is continuing its expansion in the North American market...Two new offices were now opened in the states of Maryland (USA) and Ontario (Canada) to strengthen the market position and to provide customers and partners with increased accessibility to 2G's CHP experts with market and product know-how. Long-time cogeneration experts with market and product know-how were recruited for each office. More>>

Deadline Extended: BioCycle West Coast19 Abstract Submissions
BIOCYCLE WEST COAST19 is accepting abstracts for conference presentations. If you are involved with a project, facility, research, breakthrough that is catalyzing organics recycling, consider giving a presentation at BIOCYCLE WEST COAST19. The conference committee is accepting abstracts on topics critical to increasing organics diversion via composting, anaerobic digestion, renewable natural gas, food recovery, compost markets. More>>

Former Fibrominn site may again produce bioenergy in Benson, CA
Until its closing this year, the former Fibrominn plant put Benson on the map as home to a one-of-a-kind power plant, the only one in the country designed to burn turkey litter as its primary fuel source. Brightmark Energy, an ABC member based in San Francisco, California, is one of two bidders seeking to purchase the former Fibrominn site from Xcel Energy. Brightmark is currently conducting a feasibility study with intentions of developing a facility that would use biomass -- animal and plant wastes from area farms -- to produce renewable natural gas. More>>

Fertilizers' impact on soil health compared
In a newly published study, researchers dug into how fertilizing with manure affects soil quality, compared with inorganic fertilizer. A from-the-top view of equipment between rows of young soybean plants. The equipment includes two white concentric tubes sunk into the ground and filled with water, a tall graduated tube, and a white pail. Soil water infiltration sampling in the field. Photo credit Sandeep Kumar and team. Ekrem Ozlu of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his team studied two fields in South Dakota. From 2003 to 2015, the research team applied either manure or inorganic fertilizer to field plots growing corn and soybeans. They used low, medium, and high manure levels, and medium and high inorganic fertilizer levels. They also had a control treatment of no soil additives to provide a comparison. More>>

Trump to nominate Wheeler as official EPA chief
Andrew Wheeler will be nominated to head the Environmental Protection Agency, President Donald Trump said before a White House ceremony where he awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to seven Americans. Wheeler has been acting administrator since former administrator Scott Pruitt left the post in July after questions were repeatedly raised about his spending decisions and ethical conduct. More>>

EPA: 29.5 million cellulosic RINs generated in October
The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for October, reporting that nearly 1.68 billion RINs were generated during the month, including 29.5 million cellulosic RINs. [This is clightly ahead of pace for the 288 million cellulosic RINs called for by EPA for 2018.] More>>

Timelapse Video: Construction of New XL Biogas Upgrading Plant in Roosevelt, WA
An ABC member just dropped a great timelapse video of the newly commissioned RNG plant in Roosevelt, WA. The plant began pipeline injection on November 1, 2018. At an inlet flow of 8000 SCFM (6000 mmBTU/day), it is one of the largest biogas plants in the United States. The plant by ES/Montrose Engineering features a host of advanced technologies including an Iron Chelate H2S removal system, and the first ever biogas Cryogenic Nitrogen Removal Unit. The plant output is in excess of 990 BTU/SCF and easily meets any tariff requirement in the United States. More>>

Welcome New Member: Blue Delta Energy, LLC!
Blue Delta Energy provides our clients with information and access to environmental commodity markets as well as regulatory and legislative support. As a partner, we bring renewable energy projects to the marketplace and work with clients to accomplish their Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction goals. Every day we engage in the clean energy, energy efficiency and carbon offset markets. From renewable energy project owners to energy funds and global corporations, Blue Delta's clients receive customized solutions for asset optimization, carbon reduction and the creation of environmental attributes. More>>

Welcome New Member: Plastic Fusion Fabricators, Inc.
Plastic Fusion Fabricators is a pioneer in the fabrication and installation of custom thermoplastic containment systems. We are a leader in the installation of containment systems for landfills, waste water treatment plants, industrial facilities, and anaerobic digesters and biogas collection systems. Our state-of-the-art production facility and experienced employees deliver unmatched product quality and superior service. From design and fabrication to installation and field services, Plastic Fusion is your complete, trusted source for innovative thermoplastic containment solutions. More>>

EPA: No new small refinery waivers filed, approved in past month
On Nov. 16, the U.S. EPA released updated data on small refinery hardship waivers filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard showing that no new petitions were filed or approved between Oct. 10 and Nov. 10. As of Nov. 10, the EPA has received 15 petitions seeking small refinery waivers for the 2018 compliance year. All 15 petitions are still pending. More>>

McConnell talks farm bill with Trump: Will finish this year
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he discussed the farm bill -- among other items -- with President Donald Trump today and that he is determined to finish the bill this year..."We will finish the farm bill before the end of the year." McConnell had told reporters Wednesday that the farm bill is one of two items that "absolutely have to be accomplished" by year's end. More>>

Durr's completed acquisition of MEGTEC/Universal
What happens when a mechanical and plant engineering firm takes over a leading supplier in environmental control, energy-generation, and acoustic technologies? Dr. Daniel Schmitt, CEO Durr Clean Technology Systems, and Kenneth Zak, Senior Vice President, Durr MEGTEC, respond to a diverse set of topics arising from Durr's acquisition of businesses from Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises (B&W). More>>

Conaway dug in on farm bill
In some of the sharpest intra-party sniping yet in farm bill talks, Senate Ag Chairman Pat Roberts on Wednesday blamed his House counterpart Mike Conaway for holding up a potential agreement over concerns spanning at least six titles. Roberts is shooting for a deal as soon as today. Conaway said "there's going to be a deal done," but wished talks could remain behind closed doors. More>>

Upgrading Treatment Plant To Energy Net Zero
[BioCycle Magazine] The City of Gresham, Oregon wastewater treatment plant generates about 10 percent more electricity than it needs via a combination of energy efficiency, codigestion and cogeneration, and a solar array. More>>

Why Isn't NC's Poultry Industry Investigating Biogas?
[NCPR, 11:51] Smithfield Foods recently announced its plan to cover and capture gas from thousands of hog manure pits around the nation, including many in North Carolina. But experts warn against expecting similar promises from the state's other giant industry: poultry. Poultry waste does not create the same environmental problems as swine waste, but it still poses some risks. Southeast Energy News reporter Elizabeth Ouzts examined the differences in swine and poultry waste management to find out why the two industries have different reactions to biogas and other alternative energy solutions. She shares her reporting with host Frank Stasio. More>>

Parsing the "rural" mid-term results
The results of the midterm elections once again appear to confirm the divisions between urban and rural America, but the results in what are called the rural states and districts are so varied that the very term "rural" should be banished from the political lexicon. While Democrats took more than 30 seats from Republicans, mostly in suburban districts, all GOP members of the House Agriculture Committee won reelection except two. More>>

Welcome New Member: BlueSource!
Bluesource is a market-maker, an advisor and a capital source for environmental markets. For over 20 years, the Company has been a leader in climate change and low carbon environmental products and services starting with its first transaction in 1996; the capture and large scale sequestration of vent-stack carbon dioxide. Today, Bluesource creates emission reductions from over 20 different technologies in over 85 locations across 46 states and 4 Canadian provinces. Bluesource has become the dominant player in environmental markets with deep expertise in carbon capture and storage, forestry, transportation, energy efficiency and food processing along with significant environmental market positions in energy production, ODS, mine methane and energy efficient cook stoves in developing countries. Environmental advisory services for the United States and Canada began in 2008 and cover private, public and NGO evaluations, strategy, product development and launches, support for environmental marketplace creation and development, and transactional support such as protocol development as a sampling. Over the past several years, Bluesource has developed expertise and transactional experience in renewable energy (RINs, RECs, RNG), environmental mitigation (land use, habitat protection, restoration) and climate change adaptation. More>>

Best Features of Food Waste Collection Containers
When choosing a collection container for food waste, the most important question to ask is how the food waste will be collected at the curbside. Is your collection model automated or manual? Once that is determined, there are a few key features that should be considered when reviewing collection container options. While most key characteristics of a food waste collection container are basic functional requirements, there are also plenty of design details that should be considered between the various models of collection containers available today. More>>

Why North Carolina's poultry industry isn't creating biogas like hog farms are
As pork producer Smithfield Foods commits to major investments in waste-to-energy projects in North Carolina, don't expect a similar pledge from chicken or turkey companies in the state any time soon. Experts say it's preferable to capture gas from poultry waste by depriving it of oxygen and allowing tiny bacteria to change its composition, a process called anaerobic digestion. "Combusting poultry litter is an old-fashioned way of dealing with the nutrient problem," said Patrick Serfass, head of the American Biogas Council. "There's some upside but the benefits are so much greater if you digest it." More>>

Welcome New Member: Viresco AD!
Viresco AD is a biofuels company specializing in advanced anaerobic digestion technology for the conversion of waste into energy. Our anaerobic digestion technology combines disruptive biochemical technology with advanced process engineering to enhance bio-digestion. More>>

Agility Fuels Acquisition Expected To Drive New Solutions
The acquisition of Agility Fuel Solutions by Hexagon Composites ASA is expected to result in improved alternative fuel options for commercial vehicles, including school buses. The official statement explained that the "increasing alignment of economic and environmental benefits" is prompting more commercial vehicle fleets to incorporate alt-fuel into their operations. This, in turn, drives manufacturers to produce more vehicles and infrastructure offerings in propane, CNG, LNG, biogas and electric. More>>

NMPF Urges Congress to Put Farmers First in Lame-Duck Session
Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), an ABC member, urged Congress to make passing a new farm bill a top priority in its lame-duck session that starts tomorrow, saying that dairy farmers harmed by low prices would benefit from the certainty and improvements likely to be part of the final law. More>>

Wisconsin farmers face steep challenges as Evers prepares to take office
As many Wisconsin farmers cling to their livelihood, hoping for some relief soon from crushing low commodity prices, some are asking what the state agriculture department will be like after Tony Evers becomes the next governor. Evers didn't get into much detail on farm issues during his campaign, farmers say, but they're keenly interested in his views and whom he appoints as secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. More>>

Curbside food waste pickup launches in St. Louis County neighborhood with possibility to expand
Dozens of bright yellow waste bins have been appearing in one Maryland Heights neighborhood this year as part of a program that's among the first of its kind in Missouri, St. Louis County officials say. The bins were given out this July as part of a government-funded residential food waste pickup program , said Ian Ashcraft with the St. Louis County Department of Public Health. More>>

EPA recognizes Dodge City for Excellence and Innovation in Clean Water Infrastructure
ABC Member, the City of Dodge City adopted an innovative approach to processing their wastewater byproducts. In recent years, the Dodge City South Wastewater Treatment Plant received an EPA grant towards a project to reuse 100 percent of its 1.7 billion gallons a year of treated effluent as irrigation for over 3,000 acres of agricultural fields, conserving groundwater for the public water supply. This treatment process produced a significant amount of carbon dioxide and methane gas, which were then burned off in a flare. This new project plans to clean and pressurize the biogas to high quality natural gas that can be used as fuel. More>>

Iowa cellulosic ethanol plant sold to German firm
DuPont sells its central Iowa facility to a company that will use it to produce renewable natural gas..."The DuPont facility at Nevada, Iowa offers excellent infrastructure to construct our first RNG facility outside Germany," says Chris Sauter, CEO of VERBIO. "We can use part of the installed equipment for our production and there is a solid base of local farmers from whom we can buy the raw materials. Once the plant is in operation, it will offer the community of Nevada, Iowa new ag revenue streams, new employment opportunities and new sources of tax revenues." More>>

Democrats' House takeover spurs hope for farm bill this year
Major farm groups made fresh calls this week for lawmakers to finish the job this year. Paul Bleiberg, vice president of government relations for the National Milk Producers Federation, an ABC member, said the tone from all the key players and everything else he's hearing is that "they're pretty intent on getting it done by the end of the year. ... I don't think anyone wants it to linger in the coming year." The prevailing attitude on Capitol Hill and among farm groups, Bleiberg said, is: "You've gotten this far. Who wants to hit the reset button now?" More>>

City of Gresham: Upgrading a Wastewater Treatment Plant to be Energy Net Zero
Through thoughtful planning and follow-through, the City of Gresham, Oregon, an ABC member and Project of the Year Award recipient, was the first city in the Pacific Northwest to operate an Energy Net Zero Waste Water Treatment Plant. This plant generates enough energy on site to meet its demand for electricity to run the plant. In fact, it often generates more energy than it needs. The City of Gresham's Business Sustainability Coordinator, Gregg Hayward, interviewed Alan Johnston, Senior Engineer and driving force behind the journey to Net Zero, in August 2018. More>>

A Bill Past Due: Unfinished 2018 Farm Bill Leaves Uncertainty
With the 2018 Farm Bill more than a month late, analysts are watching to see whether the bill will pass this year or go into 2019. The mammoth legislation that covers a number of agricultural and rural programs did not pass by the September 30th deadline, leaving major programs such as crop insurance and food stamps to continue under the policies of the 2014 Farm Bill. Other programs are in limbo. More>>

FDA Approves Drug to Make Cow Manure Less Stinky
No bull, the Food and Drug Administration approved a drug on Tuesday that aims to make cattle manure just a little less aromatic, NBC News reported. The drug, called Experior, is designed to reduce the amount of ammonia released by cattle dung when the animals are in feedlots being fattened for slaughter. More>>

Dairy Digester Benefits Calculator Tool
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is accepting public comments on its Draft Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP) Benefits Calculator Tool and supporting Draft DDRDP Quantification Methodology until November 16, 2018. The calculator was developed to estimate the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions and selected co-benefits of each proposed project type for the DDRDP. More>>

Vanguard Renewables Named 2018 Organics Recycler of the Year
Vanguard Renewables, an ABC member, was named 2018 Organics Recycler of the Year by the National Waste & Recycling Association. The award recognizes the substantial contribution that Vanguard's Farm Powered organics recycling and renewable energy production program is making to protect the environment and advance the waste and recycling industry. Vanguard is based in Wellesley, Mass. More>>

Biogas Jobs: Two positions open with Puregas Solutions
Interested in Careers in Biogas Upgrading Solutions, CNG, Renewable Natural Gas, AD, Biomethane, Biogas Upgrading Technology, Biogas Upgrading Plant, Careers. Anaerobic Digestion? ABC member Puregas Solutions has the following positions open in the US: Supply Chain Manager North America and Project Engineer North America More>>

Recent news from Trident Processes LLC
Check out the November newsletter from ABC member Trident Processes covering: Welcome to Dairy West 2018 on Nov 7-8; Trident partners with First Call Dairy Service in Idaho; Bedding Recovery in Newtrient Catalog; Videos: Nutrient Recovery on Dairy Farms. More>>

Trident expands rep network for sludge dewatering solutions
Trident continues to expand its network of manufactures reps across the United States. Over the past few weeks a number of high profile rep firms have been brought on board to help grow Trident's market share in the sludge dewatering sector. At Weftec 2018 in New Orleans, Trident and Coombs Hopkins have formally agreed to a partnership that will allow the wastewater sales experts to represent Trident's line of sludge dewatering and wastewater equipment in four west coast states. More>>

Windy Ridge Dairy using Trident Processes in nutrient recovery system
Windy Ridge Dairy will include nutrient recovery as part of their overall sustainability program. Trident Processes LLC is proud to be a part of Steve Bos's group project by providing a state of the art system to extract and concentrate nutrients from the dairy manure post digester. The nutrient cake created is destined for use in several downstream value adding processes. More>>

EPA attempts to stall court action over enforcement of landfill emissions rule
Last week, the U.S. EPA urged a federal district court judge in California hold off on deciding whether to hear or abandon claims that the agency is violating the Clean Air Act by not imposing landfill emissions regulations established by the Obama administration, Law360 reported. A coalition of states -- including Pennsylvania, California and Illinois -- say the EPA's decision not to enforce the emissions guidelines rule, and an initial May 2017 deadline for state compliance plans, is causing environmental harm. More>>

How one company's sustainability goal is poised to change an entire industry
[Environmental defense Fund blog] Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork producer, has committed to a major increase in manure-to-energy projects. The company will invest in infrastructure and provide farmer incentives to install manure lagoon covers and digesters on 90 percent of its total hog finishing capacity, a standardized measurement that excludes sow and nursery farms, in North Carolina, Missouri and Utah over the next ten years. More>>

28.84 million cellulosic RINs generated in September
The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for September, reporting that 1.58 billion RINs were generated during the month, including 28.84 million cellulosic RINs. [With 288 million cellulosic RINs forecasted for 2018, September production was ahead of pace by about 20%.] More>>

DMT with AMP Americas win "Innovation of the Year" at the ABC Biogas Industry Awards
The AMP Americas project with DMT was bestowed the distinction of the ABC 2018 Innovation of the Year Award for combining two technologies for biogas upgrading, which work well independently, to create an order of magnitude improvement in overall efficiency and cost. AMP Americas is well known for using the best available technology on the market to make their projects successful," said DMT Clear Gas Solutions' CEO, Robert Lems. "We are glad to be their technology provider for the RDF project in Jasper county and are happy that the project is recognized for its maximum efficiency and cost savings." More>>

Salem sewage plant getting $3 million to update cogeneration facility
Salem is poised to receive $3 million from the Energy Trust of Oregon to help finance a cogeneration plant at the Willow Lake Water Pollution Control Facility...The operation at the water treatment plant in Keizer will use methane and other gases created by the treatment process to spin a generator that will power much of the facility, instead of burning gases off in a flare stack, which releases pollutants into the air. More>>

Welcome New Member: Sevana BioEnergy LLC
Sevana Bioenergy is developing multiple biogas projects in agricultural regions of North America. With an experienced team of national and international experts, we build value-add partnerships in agricultural communities by creating new markets for existing agricultural businesses, reducing waste, increasing the use of renewable energy and reducing long-term greenhouse gas emissions. Our goal is to ensure that communities benefit and thrive through these partnerships while building renewable solutions to local waste and energy challenges. More>>

Smithfield hog biogas ambitions 'a big step forward' on climate action
When Smithfield Foods announced a plan last week to cover and capture gas from thousands of its hog manure pits, most news reports linked it to mounting lawsuits from neighbors fed up with odor and other nuisances caused by the company's factory-scale farms...In North Carolina alone, Smithfield's plan could reach nearly 1,000 swine farms, doubling the number of manure-to-energy projects nationwide and drastically curbing methane, the greenhouse gas many times more powerful the carbon dioxide. More>>

Consolidation in the biogas industry: Nature Energy acquires Xergi
Two of Denmark's leading biogas companies combine their competences through Schouw & Co. and Hedeselskabet's divestment of ABC member Xergi to Nature Energy, thus creating one strong Danish company that will construct, own and operate biogas plants in Denmark and abroad. More>>

IPCC report shows the need for biogas is greater than ever
Check out the new blog from ABC member World Biogas Association on ⁦‪the report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and how biogas can help to bring down greenhouse gas emissions now. More>>

The Danish Gas Grid Could be Filled with Green Gas in 2035
According to a memorandum published by Green Gas Denmark on the 14th of November, Denmark's gas grid could be running entirely on green gas in 2035. Thus, Denmark could be the first European country to become independent of natural gas and cover their consumption entirely through gas produced from food waste, industrial waste and agricultural by-products. More>>

OMB reviews final rule to set 2019 RVOs under the RFS
On Oct. 30, the U.S. EPA delivered its final rule to set 2019 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, along with the 2020 RVO for biomass-based diesel, to the White House Office of Management and Budget. OMB review marks a final step before the final rule is published. More>>

BioCycle WEST COAST19 Accepting abstracts now
Abstracts are now being accepted for BioCycle WEST COAST19 Conference, April 1, 2, 3, 4, 2019, in Portland, Oregon. The theme of BioCycle WEST COAST19 is Catalyzing Organics Recycling. Topics to be covered: Infrastructure Development; Compost and Biogas Markets; Food Recovery; Contamination Management; Composting Science; Behavior Change. We are pleased to be in Oregon in 2019 where compost manufacturing, anaerobic digestion and food recovery are ranked high on the list of greenhouse gas reduction strategies. More>>

Renewable Fuel Credits Sparking Growth in Livestock Digesters
OMAHA (DTN) -- Methane digesters are the new growth wave in renewable energy for agriculture. The stick and the carrot are both at work here. As livestock operations work on ways to manage manure, the changing landscape of environmental regulations and legal challenges -- along with state and federal grants and energy credits -- are combining to start an uptick in methane digesters to produce renewable natural gas (RNG). More>>

We can solve North Carolina's manure challenges. Here's how.
Hurricane Florence caused more than $1.1 billion in agricultural losses, according to the latest estimates from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Row crop losses total nearly $990 million. Livestock, poultry and aquaculture damages total $23 million, and include the deaths of 4.1 million chickens and 5,500 hogs. More>>

Smithfield Foods Announces Landmark Investment to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Smithfield Foods, Inc. is pleased to announce, through the nationwide expansion of Smithfield Renewables, innovative projects designed to help meet its goal to reduce the company's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 25 percent by 2025, which it set in concert with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). This month marks the one-year anniversary of Smithfield Renewables. As part of the expansion of Smithfield Renewables, Smithfield is: Setting the ambitious goal to implement "manure-to-energy" projects across 90 percent of Smithfield's hog finishing spaces in North Carolina and Utah, and nearly all Smithfield's hog finishing spaces in Missouri over the next ten years. More>>

Dining puts focus on reducing daily food waste
In addition to the data collection and display screens, The USF Campus Food Waste Recovery Project will partner with Aramark, USF's food-service provider, to recover the food wasted in each dining hall to create new renewable energy sources by anaerobic digestion. According to the American Biogas Council, More>>

Xylem Opens St. Louis Branch; Microvi Demo Shows Nitrogen-Removal Results
Xylem, an ABC member, will open a new branch for water management solutions and applications in St. Louis, Missouri. Also, Microvi MNE combines Microvi Biotech Inc. technology with process equipment from ABC member WesTech Engineering Inc. for a cost-effective approach to biological treatment. Click for More>>

Biogas plant planned for Robeson County (NC)
GESS International, an ABC member, has announced plans to build a $35 million biogas plant on 15 acres in the Robeson County town of Orrum. A globally established renewable energy service company, GESS expects to begin construction before the end of the year, a news release said. Estimated completion date is the first quarter of 2020. Upon completion, GESS estimates that the plant will employ up to 16 people. Those hires would include about 10 employees in operations and maintenance positions, with an average salary of $56,000, and the rest in management and engineering. The average salary would be $59,000 for those employees. More>>

From 200 To 22: Dairy Farms Disappearing In This NC County
Back in the 1970s, officials say there were more than 200 dairy farms in Iredell County. Today there are 22 farms. County commissioner Jeff McNeely wants the state's department of agriculture to help market milk. More>>

How (Almost) Everyone Came To Love Low Carbon Fuels In California
Automakers and energy utilities now embrace California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard, and even oil companies accept it. Sometimes the best policies must overcome early struggles. A great example is the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), ordered by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2007 in support of California's Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. More>>

OMB releases estimated timelines for EPA's E15 rule, 2 RFS rules
The Trump Administration has released estimated timelines for the development of three U.S. EPA rulemakings that pertain to the Renewable Fuel Standard and year-round E15 sales, including one that includes a “reset” of statutory blending targets. More>>

Regulators' approval clears way for construction of NC biogas plant
N.C. regulators have approved Piedmont Natural Gas' agreement to allow ABC member Optima BioEnergy to connect a proposed swine-waste biogas plant in the town of Tar Heel. The approval issued Monday by the N.C. Utilities Commission clears the way for Wilmington-based Optima to start construction on its second biogas plant in eastern North Carolina. Duke Energy Corp., which owns Piedmont, intends to buy the gas from the OptimaTH natural gas plants at both its utilities in the Carolinas. "We are now funding (the project) and plan is to start construction in early November," says Mark Maloney, CEO of Optima BioEnergy. "Construction should be a year so goal is start injecting (gas into Piedmont's System) by January 2020 at latest." More>>

CGA Receives Broad Support for its Renewable Gas Funding Proposal to the Federal Government
The Canadian Gas Association (CGA) has received broad support from stakeholders encouraging the Government of Canada to endorse CGA's federal policy proposal for a Renewable Gas Innovation Program. The proposal seeks a Federal Budget 2019 allocation of $750 million to support renewable gas project deployment, to facilitate technology commercialization, and to enhance federal laboratory renewable gas R&D capacity. More>>

ABC announces 2018 Biogas Industry Award winners
Tuesday, at its annual conference, the American Biogas Council announced the winners of the Biogas Industry Awards, presented at a sold out dinner celebration at BIOCYCLE REFOR18. Thirty-three awards were presented to exceptional technology innovations and biogas projects across the industry in the agricultural, municipal and merchant sectors. More>>

Organics now generating more revenue than recycling for Casella
Casella Waste Systems reported a 4.3% increase in solid waste pricing in the second quarter, raised revenue guidance for 2018 and is even exceeding free cash flow targets for its 2021 plan. Like the rest of its publicly traded counterparts, Casella expects recycling to stabilize next year. In the meantime, this shift is proving to be quite costly. More>>

Welcome New Member: Live Oak Bank!
Live Oak offers debt financing for bioenergy, biofuel and bioproduct projects. The bank lends exclusively to small businesses nationwide, lending nearly two billion dollars since inception. More>>

Welcome New Member: BCCY Environmental Energy Co.!
BCCY Environmental Engineering's main business covers landfill biogas power generation, carbon emissions trading, ecological restoration and other renewable energy development and utilization of landfill site. We can meet customer needs in solid waste treatment, resource recovery and environmental management. We own more than 40 developed emission reduction projects such as CDM project, gold VER project and CCER project. More>>

American Biogas Council Announces 2018 Biogas Industry Award Winners
Tuesday, at its annual conference, the American Biogas Council announced the winners of the Biogas Industry Awards, presented at a sold out dinner celebration at BIOCYCLE REFOR18. Thirty-three awards were presented to exceptional technology innovations and biogas projects across the industry in the agricultural, municipal and merchant sectors. More>>

AD Owners/Operators: Please answer this survey for UMD
You are invited to participate in a research study about anaerobic digestion adoption in the US. The purpose of the research is to better understand financial and policy barriers to anaerobic digestion implementation in the US. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. More>>

Amp Americas opens country's largest dairy renewable natural gas project
Jasper County site will convert 945 tons of manure per day generated from 16,000 head of milking cows into 100% renewable transportation fuel...Executive Andy Dvoracek from ABC member Camco Clean Energy Joins ABC member Amp Americas as VP Business Development. More>>

MN county commissioners expected to consider a new organics ordinance
[Video report] The Minnesota Hennepin County Board of Commissioners is expected to consider a new ordinance by the end of the year to require businesses to recycle organic waste. More>>

Welcome New Member: WorleyParsons!
WorleyParsons is a global EPCM firm with a broad background of experience in energy and minerals.We provide our customers with a wide range of consulting and advisory services, and deep technical expertise across multiple projects. Our integrated offerings cover full asset management services and engineering, procurement and construction capability. We deliver these outcomes through our four business lines: Advisian, Major Projects, Integrated Solutions and Services. More>>

Benson, MN working with renewable energy firm to purchase former Fibrominn facility
City officials in Benson, Minnesota will be learning soon how much of the former Benson Power biomass facility will be dismantled and removed, but they are hoping that a large portion remains. ABC member Brightmark Energy is working with the city of Benson in hopes of converting the site to a refinery to make biogas using animal waste and possibly other organic material as the raw material, according to Rob Wolfington, Benson city manager. The company would supply the biogas to either of two, large-capacity pipelines that are in close proximity to the plant. More>>

Bio gas systems offer a fix to hog waste problems
[Op-Ed by ABC member Duke University] The vulnerability of hog lagoons is not news. In Hurricane Floyd, six lagoons were damaged and 55 others flooded. We spent $1.5 billion cleaning up after Hurricane Matthew. Now we will have to spend billions more, some of which could have been avoided. Let's heed Florence's message by using limited cleanup dollars proactively to prepare farmers for future emergencies with a solution that benefits everyone now. More>>

As New Jersey rethinks food waste policy, role of landfills a key question
Between an overdue reduction plan and a unique proposed diversion mandate, the state is on a different path than many of its Northeast neighbors. [This is the most comprehensive summary of the attempts to develop an organics recycling policy in NJ we've seen.] More>>

Ohio waste authority adopts 'collaborative initiative' to tackle food waste
The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) announced on Oct. 9 the launch of its Central Ohio Food Waste Initiative, a program that intends to bring together business leaders and other stakeholders to develop an action plan for reducing and diverting food waste. More>>

GESS International Caps String of Biogas Announcements in NC with Lead Sponsorship of Renewable Energy Conference
Having announced plans for seven biogas and other renewable energy projects throughout North Carolina, ABC member GESS International is the lead sponsor of 2018's BioCycle conference in Raleigh, Oct. 15-18. The event brings together business people and thought leaders from around the country working to advance the economic and environmental benefits of bioenergy. More>>

Green Energy Sustainable Solutions commits to 4th biogas plant in eastern NC
Green Energy Sustainable Solutions, which established its corporate headquarters earlier this year in Raleigh, is moving ahead with plans to build a fourth biogas plant in eastern North Carolina. Also known as GESS International, the company said earlier this week a $35 million plant would be constructed in Robeson County. The facility will create more than 30 jobs, it says. More>>

Anaerobic Digest from BioCycle Magazine's October Issue
Montpelier, Vermont: Phosphorus Innovation Challenge Awards; Boston, Massachusetts: Permitted Food Waste Digestion Capacity; Salem, Oregon: Biogas And Renewable Natural Gas Inventory; Los Angeles, California: RNG Role In Clean Air Goals More>>

PAYT Paves Way To Zero Waste
[BioCycle Magazine] Pay As You Throw (PAYT), a proven global waste metering system, is the vital first step to reaching Zero Waste. PAYT, or unit-based pricing, is the single most effective way to educate and motivate residents to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost. After all, what is the difference between unit-based pricing for electricity, water and/or natural gas in our households and doing the same for garbage? More>>

Minnesota Utility Proposes Biogas Pilot Program
CenterPoint Energy of Minnesota filed a request with the Minnesota Public Utility Commission for a new pilot program in which its natural gas customers could purchase renewable natural gas, also known as biogas, as fuel for home heating and cooking... If approved, the pilot program CenterPoint requested on August 23 could begin as early as the spring of 2019 and would make the utility one of the first in the country to offer its customers the option of purchasing renewable natural gas for a higher rate, or "green tariff," than traditional natural gas...Although the program would help the utility meet Minnesota's renewable energy mandate, the company's decision to incorporate RNG into its energy mix was not driven by that mandate but is in response to customer demand, particularly requests from Millennials. More>>

2018 Energy Vision Awards Honor Leading Adopters and Advocates of Renewable Natural Gas
At its awards reception in Manhattan this week, the NGO and ABC member Energy Vision honored business and government leaders and advocates who are speeding adoption of renewable natural gas (RNG) made from organic waste. RNG is the lowest–carbon fuel available, and net carbon-negative as a transportation fuel. More>>

GESS International Caps String of Biogas Announcements in NC with Lead Sponsorship of Renewable Energy Conference, Oct. 15-18
Having announced plans for seven biogas and other renewable energy projects throughout North Carolina, GESS International is a lead sponsor of 2018's BioCycle conference in Raleigh, Oct. 15-18. The event brings together business people and thought leaders from around the country working to advance the economic and environmental benefits of bioenergy. With their contributions to biogas utilization expanding across four other states -- Missouri, Texas, Illinois, and Colorado -- GESS is poised to be a leading presence at the conference.In 2007, North Carolina required utility companies to draw 0.2 percent of their power from swine biogas as part of the state's push towards a clean energy initiative. As we move closer to the BioCycle Conference, GESS is focused on the future of renewable energy, and with support from the American Biogas Council, Biogas, and Capstone Turbine, GESS International is working towards helping the state fulfill the energy initiative. More>>

Clean Energy And BP To Expand Renewable Natural Gas Supply Agreement
BP and Clean Energy Fuels Corp today announced an agreement which will secure an increased supply of renewable natural gas (RNG) for Clean Energy through Clean Energy's extensive fueling infrastructure as more fleets are requesting the clean fuel. The agreement enables BP to flow larger volumes to Clean Energy stations as the supply of RNG is expected to rapidly grow over the next several years with a number of new RNG production facilities under construction and more announced. More>>

Regenis' Projects Finalists For Biogas Industry Awards
Ferndale, WA--Two Whatcom County dairy digester projects built by agricultural waste solutions company, Regenis, have been nominated as finalists for the American Biogas Council's Project of the Year Awards, which will be handed out at a ceremony on October 16th in Raleigh, North Carolina...Regenis installed the FPE digester at the Vander Haak Dairy in 2004. It was the first dairy digester in Washington State and has had a historic 13-year runtime until this past year when upgrades to its roof were completed...The Edaleen mixed plug-flow digester was installed in 2012 and also has a 100 percent runtime. More>>

Welcome New Member: Womble Bond Dickinson!
Womble Bond Dickinson is a transatlantic law firm with more than 1,000 lawyers based in 26 UK and US office locations. The firm provides core legal services including: Commercial, Corporate, Employment, Pensions, Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Finance, Banking, Restructuring, Insolvency, IP, Technology and Data, Private Wealth, Projects, Construction and Infrastructure, Real Estate and Regulatory Law. The firm has a particular focus in Energy & Natural Resources. More>>

Looking for an experienced Professional Engineer (PE)--Biogas & Anaerobic Digestion in Warrenton, VA
ABC member ITility is looking for a Professional Engineer with experience in design and development of anaerobic digesters. The Principal Engineer will occupy a unique role as the ITility's Renewable Energy team keeps growing. The PE will have the creative freedom to develop innovative technologies that promote sustainable organic waste management and harness biomethane energy potential. More>>

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