South Side Landfill planning $25 million methane-conversion project

A landfill on the southwest side of Indianapolis could soon get a $25 million upgrade to capture methane gas and turn it into renewable natural gas for transportation fleets, as a substitute for diesel fuel. South Side Landfill Inc. is teaming up with Kinetrex Energy of Indianapolis and EDL Energy of Australia to build a natural gas facility by the landfill, near Kentucky Avenue and Raymond Street. The partnership, called Indy High BTU LLC., is requesting a tax abatement to help make the project “more economically feasible.” More >>

Welcome New Member: Siemens (Analytical Products & Solutions)

Siemens is a leading provider of process analyzers and process analysis systems. We offer customers the best possible solutions for their applications based on innovative analysis, technologies, customized system engineering, sound knowledge of their applications and professional support. Need a simple integrated system solution for biogas monitoring including Anaerobic Digester Process, Biogas Upgrading (RNG)? Siemens has the answer! More >>

LIPA to weigh contract with facility to convert food waste to energy

LIPA trustees will vote Wednesday on a power contract for a planned facility that’s expected to be the region’s first to convert commercial food scraps into biogas to fuel a small power plant and vehicles. The $90 million plant by ABC member American Organic Energy would take 180,000 tons of food scraps each year from grocery stores, restaurants and other commercial facilities as far away as New York City for processing into biogas. More >>

Clean Energy Fuels Goes All In on Renewable Natural Gas

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced it would convert all its natural gas fuel to its renewable product, Redeem, by 2025 as it positions itself to offer the cleanest available fuel alternative to diesel through a broad distribution network. The plan comes as regulatory agencies are considering how to toughen emissions regulations for nitrogen oxide, which produces smog and acid rain, and affects the human respiratory system. The primary sources of renewable natural gas include landfills, wastewater treatment facilities and anaerobic digestion that occurs at dairy and other farms. “What we are saying is consider the source. Your fuel is only as clean as where you are sourcing from,” Ashley White, head of corporate sustainability at Clean Energy, told Transport Topics. More >>

Oregon ‘Mega-Dairy’ Sold for $66.7 Million, Auctions off 8,000 Cows

What was once the second largest dairy in the state of Oregon has officially been sold. Lost Valley Farm, originally owned by Greg te Velde, has been purchased by the lone bidder, Canyon Farm LLC, for a hefty price tag of $66.7 million. Previously a 13,000-cow operation, the farm’s appointed trustee, Randy Sugarman, has auctioned off the last 8,360 animals and will close on the property March 1. Now all that’s left is to clean up the 30 million gallons of manure and wastewater remaining on the property just outside of Boardman, according to a Statesman Journal article.The decision to sell the farm comes after te Velde originally placed Lost Valley up for sale last year when he faced losing his waste management permit. The previous owner received numerous notices from the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) for improper waste management practices and was also cited for endangering nearby drinking wells and groundwater. More >>

EPA grants more RFS waivers, undercuts add’l demand for biofuels

U.S. EPA retroactively granted five new small refinery exemptions for 2017, releasing them from their obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The five new small refinery exemptions reduced the 2017 renewable volume obligation (RVO) for biomass-based diesel by an additional 48 million gallons. Previously granted exemptions had reduced the 2017 RVO by 192 million gallons. EPA’s small refinery exemptions for 2015, 2016 and 2017 have now reduced biomass-based diesel demand by more than 360 million gallons. “EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is unfortunately following in the footsteps of Scott Pruitt, undercutting demand for biodiesel and renewable diesel by handing out retroactive small refinery exemptions to every refinery that asks for one,” said Kurt Kovarik, vice president of federal affairs for the National Biodiesel Board. More >>

Public can weigh in on bills to tighten dairy regulation in Oregon

Oregon lawmakers are considering tightening regulations for large dairies and other confined animal feeding operations, following the regulatory disaster at Lost Valley Farm. The eastern Oregon dairy, at one time the state’s second-largest, was shut down and sold last month after racking up nearly $200,000 in fines for more than 200 environmental violations in less than two years of operations.  State regulators allowed the 30,000-cow dairy to open before construction was complete, before its owner had secured water rights, and before land was cleared for applying manure. Four bills aim to prevent similar problems from happening in the future. If passed, they would give Oregon the toughest dairy laws in the nation. More >>

Rethinking power: pipes versus wires

Underlying the policy debate on energy is a fault line – a chasm between two basically different approaches. Not the usual one between big centralized and small decentralized energy, although that is part of it. This goes deeper. It concerns the basic, often unspoken, assumption that electricity is the key energy vector. We have the idea that electrification is modernization. It’s not just Lenin who said that, it’s everyone ever since, everywhere. It made sense. Electricity was clean, fast, controllable, and it has become increasingly valuable. However, that means it’s become increasingly expensive, in part since the main ways of producing it involved the use of increasingly scarce fossil fuels. Interestingly that, and the ever-growing environmental impacts of burning those fuels, led to drives to use it more efficiently. More >>

Biogas To RNG Projects: What, Why And How

With prices for renewable electricity low in many states, biogas producers are turning to the renewable natural gas marketplace. This road map is a valuable navigation tool. There is a national trend to reposition biogas-producing assets into renewable fuel production facilities. Biogas is typically used to produce thermal energy, electricity, or is sometimes just flared. With Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs), California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) credits, Oregon Clean Fuel Program (CFP) credits, and rapidly developing voluntary carbon markets, interest in converting biogas to renewable natural gas (RNG) and injecting into a commercial natural gas pipeline is at an all-time high. More >>

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