Biogas-To-RNG Project Developer Is Ready To Move The Needle

BioCycle interviewed Bob Powell, founder and CEO of Brightmark, about his company’s growth trajectory in the anaerobic digestion and RNG space.
Nora Goldstein

Natural Gas Utility Announces New Source Of RNG

FortisBC, a natural gas utility in British Columbia (BC), has a “30BY30” target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030.

California’s SB 1383 Compost And Mulch Procurement Factsheets

The regulations for California Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383), the Short-Lived Climate Pollutants Reduction Act, are in the final public comment period, established to review “nonsubstantive” changes that do not impact the scope of the regulations.

AgSTAR’s New Digester Project Development Handbook
AgSTAR’s New Digester Project Development Handbook

Hot off the “press,” AgSTAR’s updated handbook is a comprehensive compilation of the latest knowledge in the industry on best practices for anaerobic digestion and biogas systems.
Nick Elger and Vanessa McKinney

Digesting Dumped Milk, RNG For Sea-Tac
Dairy cow milking

The last week has been chock full of anaerobic digestion and biogas news. This roundup includes tips for adding COVID-caused unsold milk to digesters and the latest on a major airport becoming a major RNG offtaker.
Nora Goldstein

Market Opportunities for Anaerobic Digestion In India
Market Opportunities for Anaerobic Digestion of Livestock and Agro-Industrial Waste in India

Under the auspices of the Global Methane Initiative, U.S. EPA developed a report, “Market Opportunities for Anaerobic Digestion of Livestock and Agro-Industrial Wastes in India,” to help inform project developers, policymakers, and other interested stakeholders about the potential for biogas capture and use in India.

International Outlook For Biogas, Biomethane

A new International Energy Agency (IEA) study provides estimates of the sustainable potential for biogas and biomethane supply based on a detailed assessment of feedstock availability and production costs across all regions of the world.

Biomethane Pathway To 2030
Biomethane: The Pathway To 2030

Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of the United Kingdom’s Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA), wrote the following in the foreword to “Biomethane: The Pathway To 2030,” an ADBA report released in early March: “Time and time again, prominent organizations with the ear of our government have highlighted biomethane’s vital role in the [current] decade of decarbonization.

RNG Fueling On The Grow
Emission calculator

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. delivered 143 million gallons of Redeem™ Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) in 2019, due in part to a number of corporate and municipal contracts. Redeem is derived from capturing biogenic methane produced by landfills and anaerobic digesters at dairies and wastewater treatment plants. In 2019, Clean Ene

Growing The Dairy Biogas-To-RNG Supply
Construction Vanguard Renewables Farm Powered Anaerobic Digester

Strategic partnership between Dominion Energy and Vanguard Renewables to build dairy digesters to produce RNG.
Nora Goldstein

Market Outlook For Low Carbon Fuels
Brad Pleima, EcoEngineers

Overall, demand for RNG is strong in spite of an oversupply of D3 RINs in 2018.
Nora Goldstein
BioCycle September/October 2019

State Of Play In Renewable Fuels Market
BioCycle Energy

New report projects sharply increased biogas demand and supply that could benefit anaerobic digester (AD) developers — amid tensions that may undercut its forecasts.
Michael H. Levin
BioCycle July 2019

Fueling Trash Trucks With RNG
The City of Longmont, Colorado expects to be fueling 11 new collection vehicles by the end of 2019 with RNG from the biogas generatedat the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

Replacing 90,000 gallons of diesel fuel with RNG will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 1,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents annually.
Marsha Johnston
BioCycle May/June 2019

Biogas To RNG Projects: What, Why And How
Figure 2. Greenhouse gas emission reduction by fuel type

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.
Brad Pleima
BioCycle March/April 2019

101 For Low Carbon Fuel Standard
In-state RNG projects, such as this anaerobic digestion facility in South San Francisco, are eligible under the LCFS for either self-use, direct sale as a conventional fuel replacement, or by injecting into a pipeline and demonstrating RNG use as a vehicle fuel.

California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, which grew out of the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act, is stimulating markets for biogas, including renewable natural gas.
Paul Greene
BioCycle March/April 2019

2019 Renewable Fuel Standard Update

Three associations, including the American Biogas Council, filed a petition in February to activate the renewable electricity pathway of the RFS.
Maureen Walsh
BioCycle March/April 2019

Toronto Advances RNG Projects
The City of Toronto’s Dufferin anaerobic digestion facility generates over 5 million cubic meters/year of biogas and is scheduled to begin injecting RNG into the Enbridge pipeline by early 2020.

Biogas produced from anaerobic digestion of residential organics is on track to be upgraded to renewable natural gas via partnership with gas utility.
Peter Gorrie
BioCycle March/April 2019

Smithfield Foods Goes Big On Biogas
Preconditioned biogas from the farms is routed to Optima KV’s central gas clean-up facility (above) on Smithfield Foods’ property. The cleaned biomethane is pressurized to pipeline standards and sold to Duke Energy.

A commitment to anaerobic digestion on 90 percent of its hog finishing farms in 3 states was followed by formation of a joint venture with Dominion Energy, called Align Renewable Natural Gas.
Nora Goldstein
BioCycle January 2019

Federal Biogas Policies Update
Federal Biogas Policies Update

The 2018 Farm Bill Reauthorization, U.S. EPA renewable fuel targets, and carbon utilization are among the legislative and federal agency activities in 2018.
Maureen Walsh
BioCycle September 2018

Technology Combo Yields RNG And Compost
Leachate from the dry AD tunnels is collected and put into the wet AD tank along with any liquid organics that Surrey Biofuel receives.

The Surrey Biofuel facility employs wet and dry anaerobic digestion, and tunnel composting, to manage municipal and commercial organics.
Peter Gorrie
BioCycle September 2018

Swine Manure To Biomethane
Digester at Optima KV in North Carolina

The newest project to come on line in North Carolina collects biogas from 5 hog farm digesters and conditions it for pipeline injection.
Craig Coker
BioCycle June 2018

Pipeline Injection Of Biomethane In California
Biogas is conditioned at the CR&R anaerobic digestion facility in Perris (CA) and then transported about 1.4 miles via a high-pressure steel pipe (shown here) to the SoCalGas interconnection “point of receipt” (see next photo).

Funds are available for project developers, and low carbon fuel market incentives are attractive. Will this lead to more RNG being injected into California’s gas pipelines?
Craig Coker
BioCycle March/April 2018

Basics Of Biogas Upgrading
Figure 4. Membrane cross section

This primer serves as an introduction for anaerobic digestion projects debating what type of gas upgrading system is right for their needs.
Paul Greene
BioCycle January 2018

101 For RINs
Figure 1. Congressional volume target for renewable fuel

Digester operators and developers are increasingly interested in upgrading biogas into renewable fuels, and tapping economic opportunities in the form of RINs.
Paul Greene
BioCycle November 2017

RNG Trends In Canada
The Surrey Biofuel Facility in Surrey, BC (left) is expected to add 120,000 gigajoules of RNG to the FortisBC pipeline in Fall 2017. Biogas generated at the Salmon Arm Landfill in Salmon, BC is upgraded (above) for pipeline injection.

Interest in production and utilization of renewable natural gas is growing in several provinces. The federal government is expected to implement carbon pricing, which could help accelerate RNG initiatives.
Peter Gorrie
BioCycle September 2017

Life In A Washing Machine

Washington, D.C. is in spin cycle these days. Are there safe harbors for renewable energy projects, including anaerobic digestion?
Michael H. Levin
BioCycle September 2017

Bioenergy Outlook: Renewable Portfolio Standard Diaspora
Ted Niblock

Ted Niblock
BioCycle September 2017

Food Waste To Renewable Natural Gas
Solid food waste feedstocks will be depackaged, decontaminated and slurried to 10 to 14 percent solids in the Re:Sep system (example installation above). The unit includes a vertical paddle mill with 2 sizes of screen mesh.

Groundbreaking held in June for 180,000 tons/year anaerobic digester that will generate up to 3,000 dekatherms/day of renewable natural gas.
Craig Coker
BioCycle August 2017

EV Biofuel — Farm AD Power
BioCycle Energy

Using electricity produced with biogas as a fuel for electric vehicles was finalized by EPA under the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2014. To date, no pending applications have been approved.
Michael Lemon and Jim Lemon
BioCycle June 2017

High Solids Digester Services California Municipalities
An automated smart conveyor delivers feedstock from the organics recovery facility to fill “hoppers” that feed the digesters.

Southern California waste management company opens high solids anaerobic digestion facility to process municipal yard trimmings and food waste.
Nora Goldstein
BioCycle May 2017

BioEnergy Outlook: The Biogas Pitch
Ted Niblock

Ted Niblock
BioCycle March/April 2017

RNG, Cellulosic Fuels And The Renewable Fuel Standard
Figure 1. Renewable fuel and RIN nesting in the RFS

Because of an all-time high waiver credit value paired with strong advanced RIN prices, renewable natural gas could fetch $35/MMBtu in 2017.
Susan Olson
BioCycle February 2017

Upgrading Biogas To Renewable Natural Gas

Feasibility analysis for California gas utility investigated current biogas upgrading technologies, focusing on availability, performance, cost and possible R&D needs.
Craig Coker
BioCycle August 2016

BioEnergy Outlook: Return Of The LCFS

Ted Niblock
BioCycle November 2015

California MSW Organics Digester Prepares To Launch
During construction, the foundation was also poured for the Phase 2 build out, which will include another four digesters (Phase 1 digesters during construction in foreground above).

Phase I of CR&R’s yard trimmings and food waste digester gets ready to move into start-up mode.
Nora Goldstein
BioCycle October 2015

Fueling Fleets With Renewable Natural Gas
Figure 1. Carbon intensity of various fuels

Renewable natural gas — which is cost-competitive with diesel fuel and carbon neutral — is the next game-changer in vehicle fueling.
Stephanie Thorson
BioCycle August 2015

BioEnergy Outlook: Making Sense Of The RFS Debate

Ted Niblock
BioCycle June 2015

Commentary: Seize The RNG Transportation Fuel Opportunity
Joanna Underwood & Matthew Tomich

Joanna Underwood and Matthew Tomich
BioCycle October 2014

Breaking Down Renewable Natural Gas Injection Barriers
Figure 1. U.S. sources of methane emissions

Although cleaned and conditioned biogas is indistinguishable from fossil-based natural gas, barriers for injecting it into the natural gas pipeline network persist.
Marsha W. Johnston
BioCycle September 2014

Hitting The Road With RNG In Canada
Compressed natural gas produced by EBI Énergie from landfill biogas helps fuel the waste collection trucks operated by a sister company. The RNG is supplemented with fossil natural gas.

While Canada has only two commercial-scale projects producing renewable natural gas for vehicle fuel, and several others in development, its potential is significant.
Peter Gorrie
BioCycle June 2014