Briefing attendees will learn about the potential biogas resources in their states, the economic and job opportunities they offer, and important policy drivers for this promising industry.
Vice President, Organics & Bioenergy Division, CR&R Waste & Recycling Services
More than 140,000 Americans work in bioenergy, which includes biogas. There are more than 2,200 sites producing biogas in all 50 states, and the potential is much greater: 13,500 additional dairy/swine farms, wastewater treatment plants, and landfill gas projects could be converted into biogas production facilities. Doing so would generate enough energy to power 7.5 million homes, reduce carbon emissions (as if 15.4 million cars were taken off the road), and create about 335,000 temporary construction jobs and 23,000 full-time operational positions. Our foreign competitors have taken the lead. In China, where biogas alone supports 209,000 workers, electricity generated from waste-to-energy has risen 300 percent in a decade, up to 4,100 MW. Europe has more than 10,000 operating digesters, which have helped make many of its communities fossil fuel free.
Biogas also has considerable environmental benefits. The United States produces more than 70 million tons of organic wastes per year, which threaten our air and water quality as well as public health. Biogas facilities can turn these wastes into resources, creating local jobs, improving air and water quality, and helping meet the policy goals espoused in both the Farm Bill and Renewable Fuel Standard.
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