RNG Coalition releases RNG project map, database

By Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas | April 24, 2018

The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) announced the release April 19 of a new map and project database of renewable natural gas (RNG) production facilities in North America. The refreshed database reveals that there are now at least 76 operational RNG facilities in the U.S. and Canada, representing 85 percent growth from the 41 projects that were built between 1982 and 2014.

“Redeeming our organic waste-streams by converting them to renewable natural gas for productive end-use epitomizes sustainability,” said RNG Coalition CEO Johannes Escudero. “Increased RNG development, deployment and use leads to greater adoption of the renewables we use to drive, heat and power our homes and businesses, while ensuring the reliability of our electric grid and decarbonizing our gas distribution systems.”

The RNG Coalition established a goal in 2015 to double the number of RNG production facilities in North America by 2025. There were 51 RNG facilities at the time. The new database shows that the North American RNG industry is on pace to reach the goal in half that time: an additional 23 RNG production facilities are currently under construction and another 25 have reached stages of substantial development prior to commencing construction.

“Converting waste steams into RNG is a very clear success story, largely as a result of the Renewable Fuels Standard,” said Jay Hopper, vice president of industry developer Aria Energy. “Since the environmental benefits of RNG were ruled eligible to generate D3 Renewable Identification Numbers in 2014, private capital has funded dozens of new projects all across the continent, and dozens more are in process.”

The updated RNG facility database was derived through months of research on RNG facilities by the California-based RNG Coalition and by Energy Vision, a clean energy and renewable fuels nonprofit organization out of New York. The database and map are hosted on the RNG Coalition’s website and will be updated as new production facilities are brought online.