Biogas & Landfill Gas

September 05, 2019

CS Energy breaks ground on RNG plant in Indianapolis

BY SCS Energy Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSCS Energy recently broke ground on construction of a 4,000-scfm landfill gas to renewable natural gas (RNG) plant in Indianapolis. Indy High Btu LLC engaged SCS Energy to build the RNG plant under an engineer/procure/construct (EPC) agreement. READ MORE

September 05, 2019

In Depth: Get with the Program

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:BiogasBiogas producers struggling to generate revenue from their digestate may find an opportunity to turn this around through the American Biogas Council’s Digestate Standard Testing and Certification Program. READ MORE

September 04, 2019

MOU between EPA, IRS aims to improve biofuel tax fraud analysis

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA posted a notice to its websites Sept. 4 announcing a MOU with the Internal Revenue Service under which the agencies have agreed to share information in an effort to identify and respond to fraud related to renewable fuels. READ MORE

September 04, 2019

Alberta mine reclamation project to produce willow for bioenergy

BY Alberta Innovates Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAlberta Innovates is contributing $1.5 million to a project that will use municipal organic waste to replenish soil at at an Alberta coal mine to grow a willow crop that may be used as a biomass feedstock for renewable energy. READ MORE

September 03, 2019

RNG industry asks EPA to increase cellulosic RVO in RFS comments

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe comment period of the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to set 2020 RVOs under the Renewable Fuel Standard, along with the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel closed Aug. 30. More than 5,600 comments were filed on the rulemaking. READ MORE

August 28, 2019

EPA proposes federal plan under 2016 landfill gas regulations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe EPA took two actions in August relating to the timing and implementation of 2016 emission guidelines for existing MSW landfills. One is a rule to align state plan timing requirements with ACE regulations. The other is a proposed federal plan. READ MORE

August 28, 2019

DOE funds bioimaging projects for bioenergy

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy announced Aug. 23 $13.5 million in funding for six projects to develop new approaches to microscopic imaging of plants and microbes, with the goal of advancing bioenergy research. READ MORE

August 27, 2019

Comment period on proposed 2020 RFS RVOs closes Aug. 30

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThose who wish to weigh in on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to set 2020 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard and the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel have less than a week to do so. READ MORE

August 27, 2019

Senators urge Wheeler to end abuse of SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsA group of seven Midwestern democratic senators sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler Aug. 26 urging the U.S. EPA to end its harmful abuse of small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

August 26, 2019

Representatives urge GAO investigation of SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsA dozen members of Congress, led by Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, sent a letter to U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro Aug. 21 urging the U.S. Government Accountability Office to examine the review and approval of SREs under the RFS. READ MORE

August 23, 2019

Report shows exponential growth in EU biogas production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBioenergy Europe, in collaboration with the European Biogas Association, recently released its 2019 report on biogas, which shows biogas production in Europe has grown exponentially since 1990. The EU had approximately 17,783 biogas plants in 2017. READ MORE

August 22, 2019

DOE announces $64 million to help develop bioenergy crops

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy announced Aug. 21 $64 million in funding for 25 university-led genomics research projects on plants and microbes for bioenergy and bioproducts. The projects aim to improve features like drought resistance and crop yield. READ MORE

August 21, 2019

Axne calls for OIG investigation into EPA’s misuse of SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsRep. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, sent a letter to U.S. EPA Acting Inspector General Charles Sheenhan Aug. 21 requesting the EPA OIG conduct an investigation into the agency’s questionable decision-making and misuse of its SRE authority. READ MORE

August 21, 2019

EPA extends public comment period on Section 610 review of RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA posted a notice to its website Aug. 21 extending the public comment period on its review of the Renewable Fuel Standard under Section 610 of the Regulatory the Regulatory Flexibility Act through Sept. 23. READ MORE

August 21, 2019

Vermont Gas, Middlebury College break ground on RNG project

BY Vermont Gas Found In:BiogasRepresentatives from Middlebury College, Vanguard Renewables, Vermont Gas, Goodrich Farm, and the State of Vermont gathered on Aug. 20 at the farm in Salisbury, Vermont, to mark the official groundbreaking for an anaerobic digester. READ MORE

August 20, 2019

Capstone to supply microturbine to biogas project in France

BY Capstone Turbine Corp. Found In:BiogasCapstone Turbine Corp. announced Aug. 19 that it has secured a 400 kW microturbine sale to power another biogas-to-energy project in France. The microturbine package will operate on renewable biogas from agricultural waste and manure. READ MORE

August 19, 2019

EPA: 1.8 billion RINS generated in July

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for July, reporting that nearly 1.8 billion RINs were generated during the month, including 38.92 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

August 19, 2019

Dominion Energy, Smithfield Foods break ground on RNG project

BY Smithfield Foods Inc. Found In:Power, BiogasDominion Energy and Smithfield Foods Inc. are breaking ground on a renewable natural gas (RNG) project in North Carolina through their joint venture, Align Renewable Natural Gas. The project will generate enough energy to power more than 3,500 homes. READ MORE

August 15, 2019

EPA: 2 additional SREs filed for compliance year 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA updated its online dashboard containing small refinery exemption (SRE) data Aug. 15, showing that two more SRE petitions have been filed for compliance year 2018. Both petitions are currently pending. READ MORE

August 15, 2019

Gevo discusses plans for hydrocarbon, RNG production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsGevo Inc. released second quarter financial results Aug. 14. During an earnings call, Gevo CEO Patrick Gruber discussed the company’s future plans for aviation fuel production and announced plans to launch a renewable natural gas (RNG) division. READ MORE

August 15, 2019

Governors ask EPA to clarify biogenic CO2 not regulated under CCA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGovernors representing Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Nebraska and North Dakota recently sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging the agency to clarify biogenic CO2 is not a pollutant subject to regulation under the Clean Air Act. READ MORE

August 14, 2019

Bill aims to extend tax credits for biomass, other renewables

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, BiogasReps. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., and Scott Peters, D-Calif., introduced a bill Aug. 13 that aims to extend tax credits for investments in qualified renewable energy production, including closed-loop biomass, open-loop biomass, and municipal solid waste. READ MORE

August 14, 2019

Bioenergy DevCo receives $106 million investment, buys BTS Biogas

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBioenergy DevCo announced Aug. 8 it has received a $106 million investment from Newlight Partners LP to grow anaerobic digestion (AD) technology in North America. The following day, the company announced the acquisition of BTS Biogas. READ MORE

August 13, 2019

DOE seeks input on its FY 2019 EERE, BETO research priorities

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Department of Energy’s Office of Efficiency and Renewable Energy is seeking public input on its EERE and Bioenergy Technologies Office research priorities, including those focused on corn fiber biofuel, food waste, data efforts and algae biomass. READ MORE

August 13, 2019

SoCalGas, Electrochaea commission biomethanation pilot project

BY Southern California Gas Co. Found In:BiogasSouthern California Gas Co. and Electrochaea announced Aug. 13 the commissioning of the nation's first scalable biomethanation reactor system at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory Energy System Integration Facility. READ MORE

August 12, 2019

EPA approves 31 SREs, lowers 2018 RVO by 1.43 billion RINs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe EPA announced Aug. 9 it approved 31 of the 38 SREs that were pending for compliance year 2018. Eight remaining SRE petitions that were pending for compliance years 2016-2018 were denied, while one for 2018 was withdrawn or declared ineligible. READ MORE

August 12, 2019

RNG continues to move passengers on the Big Blue Bus, LAX

BY Clean Energy Fuels Corp. Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsClean Energy Fuels Corp. announced it has inked contracts to provide its Redeem renewable natural gas (RNG) to power fleets across multiple sectors that include transit, trucking, airports, solid waste and service vehicles. READ MORE

August 08, 2019

RNG industry asks EPA to increase 2020 RVO for cellulosic biofuel

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsMore than 40 members of the RNG industry sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler Aug. 7 urging the agency to set the 2020 RVO for cellulosic biofuel at a minimum of 650 million gallons. READ MORE

August 06, 2019

Smithfield Foods injects RNG into Missouri natural gas pipeline

BY Smithfield Foods Inc. Found In:BiogasSmithfield Foods Inc. has announced that construction of a low-pressure natural gas transmission line connecting a Smithfield hog farm located in Northern Missouri with the city of Milan’s natural gas pipeline has been completed. READ MORE

August 05, 2019

Oregon governor signs RNG bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOregon Gov. Kate Brown recently signed SB 98 into law. The bill sets voluntary renewable natural gas (RNG) goals for the state’s natural gas utilities, creating a path for RNG to become an increasing part of Oregon’s energy supply. READ MORE