We are Moving Away from Fossil Fuels, Towards a Circular Clean Energy Economy. The Question Is, Can It Be Scaled?

With diesel and methane as leading polluters, Companies For Zero Waste believes renewable natural gas is a viable solution for the circular economy and presents an opportunity for companies to realize growth, income and to diversify their investment portfolios.

CZW is working with the Coalition For Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) to educate corporations on the advantages of embracing RNG and addressing organic waste management issues and harmful emissions. “It is a public education gap, and we are working to bridge that,” explains Johannes Escudero, RNG Coalition, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director. 

“The role of scaling up RNG production, both from a societal awareness and from an industry production standpoint, benefits not only our environment but our economy.”

Johannes Escudero, Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director

“Whether it is mandated by public policy and diverted away from the landfill or not,”  Johannes says, “we are wasting and forfeiting energy content from that organic material and RNG provides a way of capturing and controlling the methane.”

Each week organic waste is picked up by conventional waste management companies and taken to either a landfill, where it emits methane into the atmosphere as it breaks down, or to a compost facility, where its broken down to provide a beneficial soil amendment and fertilizer. 

With over twenty years in the anerobic digestion business, one global leader, Bioenergy Devco (BDC), is doing just that.

“We are here to make anerobic digestion the way that the United States recycles organic material,” said Shawn Kreloff, Founder & CEO Bioenergy Devco, Executive Chairman, “instead of landfilling and incinerating.” 

BDC‘s anaerobic digesters, microbiological recipe, facility design and implementation are optimized based on the specific goals and objectives of the stakeholders. BDC has built over 230 plants in seven countries and operates 150 of them, with a fully integrated business including: development, engineering, financing, technology and operations.

Bioenergy Devco Anerobic Digestion
Anaerobic digestion (“AD”) is a well proven process in which biodegradable organic residuals are broken down naturally by microorganisms in the absence of oxygen.

As hydrogen becomes a larger component of the energy industry, private equity backed companies like BDC are maximizing project growth potential and scaling RNG. The company expects the interest in renewable energy to grow rapidly under the new administration and is poised to meet the demand through its recent fundraising of $100,000,000+ and a robust pipeline of projects. 

Shawn notes the oil industry is beginning to show signs of winding down from a storage and refining standpoint and believes that the oil industry is past peak oil, a peak demand of oil where it is past behind us and it will fully decrease over time and says that there could be legislation associated with diesel fuel that could make even it happen more quickly.

“Anaerobic digestion’s natural microbial process is a truly sustainable solution to organic recycling management yielding healthier and cleaner air, water and soil while simultaneously creating renewable energy and organic fertilizer.” 

Shawn Kreloff, Founder & CEO, Bioenergy Devco, Executive Chairman

“With anaerobic digesters,” Johannes explains, “You not only get the benefit of a secondary by product of soil amendment or fertilizer, but in a digestor, raw biogas is captured and converted into a near pure methane gas, which can then be injected into pipelines, and be used to displace conventional natural gas in virtually any application. And, the beautiful thing about RNG, before any energy is produced, it already helps to solve an organic waste management problem.” 

Adopting and integrating AD within your community will lower fossil fuel and chemical fertilizer use, decrease greenhouse gas emissions, improve water quality, reduce our reliance on unhealthy organic material disposal facilities such as incinerators, scarce space and capacity in our landfills, and generate renewable energy.

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RNG vs. Conventional Natural Gas: What is the difference?

Renewable Natural Gas comes from organic material and organic waste, whereas conventional natural gas, or fossil source natural gas, is derived from tapping limited natural resources underground. 

The difference: Instead of releasing harmful gases, anaerobic digestors collect them as a renewable and sustainable energy source. 

RNG provides a way of capturing and controlling the methane emitted from organic materials.

In addition to educating corporations on the advantages of embracing RNG across North America, Johannes said the RNG Coalition has committed to public education as well, creating an increased and improved awareness about what renewable natural gas is, where it comes from and how it is being used.

Where does RNG come from?

RNG is essentially a raw biomass that is produced and occurs naturally when an organic waste becomes organic material- it can come from municipal solid waste landfills, wastewater treatment plants, livestock farms, agricultural operations, food production facilities and organic waste management operations. 

As society realizes the role in producing the organic waste feed stock that is being pushed out the curb every week, creates a greater sense of responsibility to do something with the methane that is produced from the waste as a result. Johannes explained the RNG Coalition is trying to improve understanding and “to increase the curb appeal” associated with RNG.

As a substitute for natural gas, RNG has many end uses: in thermal applications, to generate electricity, for vehicle or aviation fuel, and as a bio-product feedstock.

“RNG Coalition advocates for sustainable development, deployment and utilization of renewable natural gas so that present and future generations will have access to domestic, renewable, clean fuel and energy,” says Johannes. “If we are really going to address climate change it going to take a portfolio that includes a diverse suite of options.” 

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Natural Gas RNG Markets

Renewable Natural Gas Production

Renewable natural gas (RNG) is a pipeline-quality gas that is fully interchangeable with conventional natural gas and thus can be used in natural gas vehicles. RNG is essentially biogas (the gaseous product of the decomposition of organic matter) that has been processed to purity standards. Like CNG, RNG can be used as a transportation fuel in the form of compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG). RNG qualifies as an advanced biofuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Biogas is produced from various biomass sources through a biochemical process, such as anaerobic digestion, or through thermochemical means, such as gasification. With minor cleanup, biogas can be used to generate electricity and heat. To fuel vehicles, biogas must be processed to a higher purity standard. This process is called conditioning or upgrading, and involves the removal of water, carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, and other trace elements. The resulting RNG, or biomethane, has a higher content of methane than raw biogas, which makes it comparable to conventional natural gas and thus a suitable energy source in applications that require pipeline-quality gas.

For a comprehensive list of projects that are upgrading gas for pipeline injection or use as vehicle fuel, see the Renewable Natural Gas Database developed and maintained by Argonne National Laboratory.

Biogas from Landfills

Landfills are designated locations for disposal of waste collected from residential, industrial, and commercial entities. Landfills are the third-largest source of human-related methane emissions in the United States, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency(PDF) (EPA). Biogas from landfills is also called landfill gas (LFG), as the digestion process takes place in the ground rather than in an anaerobic digester. As of June 2020, there were about 564 operational LFG projects in the United States, according to the EPA. However, most of these projects use biogas to produce electricity rather than power natural gas vehicles.

Learn about these LFG alternative fuel transportation projects:

Biogas from Livestock Operations

Biogas recovery systems at livestock operations can be used to produce renewable natural gas. Animal manure is collected and delivered to an anaerobic digester to stabilize and optimize methane production. The resulting biogas can be processed into RNG and used to fuel natural gas vehicles.

As of August 2017, there were about 250 anaerobic digester systems operating at commercial livestock farms in the United States. Most of these facilities use biogas for electricity generation. A few farms are using biogas to produce transportation fuel, including Hilarides Dairy in California and Fair Oaks Dairy in Indiana. EPA’s AgSTAR database provides more information about the use of such systems in the United States.

Biogas from Wastewater Treatment

Biogas can be produced during the digestion of solids removed in the wastewater treatment process. According to EPA estimates, this biogas potential(PDF) is about 1 cubic foot of digester gas per 100 gallons of wastewater. Energy generated at U.S. wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) could potentially meet 12% of the national electricity demand, according to a study released(PDF) by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies and the Water Environment Federation. This could spur some production of RNG for vehicle use as well.

There are more than 16,000 WWTPs in the United States, and about 1,300 employ anaerobic digestion to produce biogas that is used on site. The Janesville Wastewater Treatment Plant in Wisconsin is an example of a plant that uses biogas to produce RNG for use in vehicles.

Other Sources of Biogas

Other sources of biogas include organic waste from industrial, institutional, and commercial entities, such as food manufacturing and wholesalers, supermarkets, restaurants, hospitals, and educational facilities. Learn about the Sacramento BioDigester, the largest anaerobic digestion system of its kind in North America.

Biogas can also be produced from lignocellulosic material (such as crop residues, woody biomass, and dedicated energy crops) via thermochemical conversions, co-digestion, and dry fermentation. These technologies are underway in Europe, with limited applications in the United States.

Amazon has recently ordered more than 1,000 engines to be supplied by a joint venture between Westport and Cummins (NYSE: CMI), according to Reuters. The engines will run on renewable and non-renewable natural gas. Renewable natural gas (RNG) is made from methane derived from the breakdown of organic waste collected from farms, landfills, wastewater treatment plants, and the like.

Companies are tapping into this thriving abundant market towards lower carbon footprints and social responsibility. This is no longer a band of few but rather many are in the know and actively progressing towards change utilizing RNG Gas.

NGV Global Group is offering logistic companies a hands on approach to implementing RNG into their current fleet. A lot of times companies need more than just a place to buy a RNG vehicle. They need assistance or guidance seeing it to fruition. NGV Global Groups approach offers that creating a higher success rate in companies implementation of alternative fuel use.

Call us today and our experts will help you select the right trailer or truck based on your needs.

  • Dry Van.
  • Refrigerated Trailers / Reefers.
  • Flatbed Trailers.
  • Stepdeck / Single Drop Trailers.
  • Lowboy or Double-Drop Trailer.
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  • Box Truck.
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Reporting by Laura Sanicola; Additional reporting by Tim Aeppel and Lisa Baertlein; Editing by Marguerita Choy and Daniel Wallis)

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Amazon Purchases more than 1,000 natgas-powered engines for U.S. fleet

By Laura Sanicola

(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc has ordered hundreds of trucks that run on compressed natural gas as it tests ways to shift its U.S. fleet away from heavier polluting trucks, the company told Reuters on Friday.

The coronavirus pandemic caused delivery activity to surge in 2020, with truck volumes exceeding 2019 levels on average while passenger car traffic fell. But that increase in road activity means more pollution, as heavier-duty trucks emit higher levels of greenhouse gases than passenger vehicles.

Transportation companies are building their stable of electric vehicles to reduce carbon emissions. Much of the nation’s freight is delivered via medium- and heavy-duty trucks, which account for more than 20% of the industry’s greenhouse gas emissions even though they make up less than 5% of the road fleet, according to U.S. federal data.

“Amazon is excited about introducing new sustainable solutions for freight transportation and is working on testing a number of new vehicle types including electric, CNG and others,” the company said in a statement.

Amazon has ordered more than 700 compressed natural gas class 6 and class 8 trucks so far, according to the company.

The online retailer’s sales rose 38% in 2020; it plans to run a carbon neutral business by 2040.

The engines, supplied by a joint venture between Cummins Inc and Vancouver-based Westport Fuel Systems Inc, are to be used for Amazon’s heavy duty trucks that run from warehouses to distribution centers. More than 1,000 engines that can operate on both renewable and non-renewable natural gas have been ordered by the supplier, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Natural gas emits approximately 27% less carbon dioxide when burned compared with diesel fuel, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Electric-powered motors are considered less viable for heavy-duty trucks than for the average passenger vehicle.

In 2019, Amazon ordered 100,000 electric vans from startup Rivian Automotive LLC. The first of those vans, to be used for last-mile delivery to customers, are to be delivered this year. The company also ordered 1,800 electric vans from Mercedes-Benz for its European delivery fleet.

Other transportation companies are also experimenting with ways to reduce emissions.

In 2019, United Parcel Service Inc announced plans to buy more than 6,000 natural gas-powered trucks over three years and step up purchases of renewable natural gas (RNG) as part of a $450 million investment to reduce the environmental impact of its 123,000-vehicle fleet.

RNG and natural gas from fossil fuel are both methane gases and can be used interchangeably. RNG is derived from decomposing organic matter such as cow manure on dairy farms, discarded food in landfills and human waste in water treatment plants. It also prevents naturally occurring methane – a powerful greenhouse gas – from being released into the environment.

NGV Global Group in Dallas Texas manufactures and assembles natural gas engines at our Dallas production facility. RNG growth has created an increase in demand for clean fuels as companies of all sizes continue to reduce their carbon footprint.

NGV Global Group is offering logistic companies a hand holding approach to implementing RNG into their current fleet. A lot of times companies need more than just a place to buy a RNG vehicle. They need assistance or guidance seeing it to fruition. NGV Global Groups approach offers that creating a higher success rate in companies implementation of alternative fuel use.

Call us today and our experts will help you select the right trailer or truck based on your needs.

  • Dry Van.
  • Refrigerated Trailers / Reefers.
  • Flatbed Trailers.
  • Stepdeck / Single Drop Trailers.
  • Lowboy or Double-Drop Trailer.
  • RGN or Removable Gooseneck Trailers.
  • Conestoga or Curtainside Trailers.
  • Box Truck.
  • Semi Truck

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10733 Spangler Rd,

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Reporting by Laura Sanicola; Additional reporting by Tim Aeppel and Lisa Baertlein; Editing by Marguerita Choy and Daniel Wallis)

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Texas’s Renewable Natural Gas Boom

What is Renewable Natural Gas?

Renewable Natural Gas is pipeline quality or transportation fuel quality biogas. RNG is primarily methane captured off landfills, farm digesters, and wastewater treatment plants. RNG is produced from non-fossil, organic waste sources and is 100% compatible with geologic natural gas – as a drop in blend or complete substitute. On a lifecycle basis, RNG yields a 70-130% emission reduction as compared to diesel.

Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requires transportation fuel sold in the United States to contain a minimum volume of renewable fuels to replace or reduce the quantity of petroleum-based transportation fuel, heating oil or jet fuel each year. It was part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), and is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The four renewable fuel categories under the RFS are:

  • Biomass-based diesel
  • Cellulosic biofuel
  • Advanced biofuel
  • Total renewable fuel

For a fuel to qualify as a renewable fuel under the RFS program:

  • Fuels must achieve a reduction in EPA designated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as compared to a 2005 petroleum baseline.
  • Companies need to petition for new fuel pathway. A fuel pathway is a specific combination of three components: (1) feedstock, (2) production process and (3) fuel type.
  • RINs (Renewable Identification Numbers) are used for bookkeeping & meeting RFS targets

Most biomethane qualifies as Cellulosic Biofuel under the RFS and generates a D3 RIN. In some cases, biomethane qualifies as an Advanced Biofuel and generates a D5 RIN.

Who Is using RNG vehicle fuel?

RNG is produced for vehicle fuel at 37 sites across the U.S. In 2016, 230 Million gallons of RNG will fuel mostly medium and heavy duty vehicles at public, private and municipal stations.  

UPS

  • Agreement with Clean Energy Fuels Corp. to use up to 500,000 gallon equivalents of RNG annually in Texas.
  • UPS stations in Houston & Mesquite will dispense the RLNG to a fleet of about 140 UPS tractors.
  • UPS California current agreement w/ Clean Energy, is using 1.5 M gallon equivalents of RCNG, UPS operates nearly 400 CNG vehicles.

Fair Oaks Farm, one of the largest dairy farms nationwide, has partnered with ampCNG to transform manure from 15,000 cows into 1.5 million DGEs of bio-CNG per year. ampCNG operates 19 public CNG stations and provides fuel for dairy haulers and other national fleets. It currently produces  approximately two million DGEs of RNG per year, with plans to dispense 100% RCNG in 2017.

How much is a RIN worth?

RINS are based on an ethanol gallon. Converted into renewable CNG measurements, a gasoline gallon equivalent of CNG has 1.5 RIN and is worth about $3 in 2016. According to Luke Morrow, Morrow Renewables, typically 70-80 percent of the $3 value goes to the producer, 10-20 percent to the pipeline distribution company and 2.5-10 percent to the refueling station owner.

Parties can either use actual “wet” gallons, trade through brokers, or purchase credits from other obligated parties. These credits are identified and tracked through a Renewable Identification Number and are known as RINs. See RIN Fact Sheet.

RNG used in vehicles generates higher value than that used in power generation, because there are no RINs available for power generation. Air LiquideAir LiquideCan I create long-term contracts with a refiner or other obligated party to buy my RINs?

Renewable fuel producers such as landfill operators, dairy farms or other organic waste producers generate RINs when a producer makes a gallon of renewable fuel. They can be traded, carried over to the following year and used by “obligated parties” to show compliance with their volume obligations. RINs have a vintage year corresponding to the year they are produced and typically have a maximum life span of 18 months.

Are there sources of RNG in Texas?

  • Cambrian Energy owns and operates a biomethane production facility at: McCommas Bluff landfill in Dallas. (15 million cubic feet per day, 2014.)
  • Morrow Renewables owns and operates six landfill sites in south Texas to produce RNG for vehicle use.
  • Toro Energy owns and operates two landfill sites in Texas.
  • Montauk Energy owns and operates two landfill sites in Texas.
  • Ameresco developed and operates the San Antonio Wastewater Treatment Plant RNG project.

RNG Trucking Solutions

NGV Global Group Has expanded their operations facility in Dallas Tx recently as demand continues to rise. NGV Global Retrofits and remanufactures all truck classes to be RNG ready. From Class-6 local delivery trucks to semi trailers NGV Global Group’s expert experience has been helping fleets nationally fulfill their CNG/RNG Trucking Needs for years. NGV Global Group’s unique style involves building a custom solution and guiding the customer from start to finish.

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New Natural Gas Buses are Zero Emissions Equivalent and More Reliable then Electric Buses

New Natural Gas Buses are Zero Emissions Equivalent
Natural gas buses today reduce harmful emissions of
nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) by more
than 95 percent compared to transit buses built prior to 2010,
thus the emission difference between new natural gas buses
and electric buses, which have no tailpipe emissions but do
have particulate matter emissions associated with tire wear
and braking, are miniscule. Importantly, natural gas buses
produce these emission reductions without relying upon
costly and cumbersome emission control equipment.
Fueling transit buses with conventional (geologic) natural gas
reduces greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by about 12
percent compared to diesel. But according to the California
Air Resources Board, fueling buses with renewable natural
gas (biomethane) collected at local landfills, wastewater
treatment plants, commercial food waste facilities, and
agricultural digesters can yield a carbon-negative lifecycle
emissions result. According to CARB data, renewable natural
gas (RNG) holds the lowest carbon intensity of any on-road
vehicle fuel, including fully renewable electric. On-road
natural gas fueling trends show increasing adoption of RNG.
According to data from the U.S. Energy Information
Administration (EIA) and U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) Renewable Fuel Standard reporting, 39
percent of all on-road natural gas fuel in 2019 was RNG. In
California, 77 percent of all on-road natural gas fuel in 2019
was RNG.

When you add it all up, natural gas provides a winning
solution for transit agencies looking to lower costs and
reduce emissions. As estimated in this report, it could cost
billions – as much as $24 billion more – to switch the majority
of the U.S. larger bus fleets to an all-electric fleet. Switching
the majority of the U.S. bus fleet to an all-CNG fleet powered
by RNG would not only save significant capital and operating
amounts of money but also would generate much greater
annual emission reductions: 10,000 tons of GHG, 25 tons of
NOx, and 6.26 tons of PM2.5

Grid Upgrades
Electric bus advocates fail to evaluate the cost and extent of
major utility upgrades needed to accommodate an
expected surge in electricity transmission and demand for
electric buses, upgrades not needed to fuel natural gas
buses. These factors are easily overlooked in the case of
demonstration projects involving only a limited number of
buses but can quickly become overwhelming when
converting an entire fleet to electricity. This is not an issue for
natural gas as many bus facilities around the country have
been converted entirely or almost entirely to natural gas with
hundreds of buses fueling at a single depot. Nearly 100
transit agencies currently operate more than 10,000 natural
gas buses with additional natural gas buses successfully in
service at many other facilities such as airports and colleges
across the United States.
Reliability
In the reports evaluated by NGVAmerica, natural gas buses
have demonstrated that they are more reliable than electric
buses, accumulating far more service miles, spending fewer
days out of service and under-repair than electric buses. A
key factor of reliability is availability for pull out. In the studies
prepared by NREL evaluating real-world bus fleets, natural
gas buses morethan exceed the expected rate of 85 percent
availability while electric buses struggle to meet the
requirement. In the Foothill fleet, during the most recent
evaluation period the twelve 35-foot electric buses had an
average availability rate of 63 percent.

The availability for electric buses was as low as 46 percent during
the first half of 2019. In contrast, CNG buses had an
availability rate of 93 percent for the same period and an
overall availability rate of 96 percent.4
Once out on route, CNG buses had far fewer road calls, or
revenue vehicle system failures, than their electric
counterparts in the Foothill study. Such incidents require a
bus to be replaced on route and/or cause a significant
schedule delay affecting system operations. Such reliability
in the transit industry is measured in mean distance (miles)
between failures (road calls), or MBRC. At Foothill, the
average miles between road calls for natural gas buses
exceeds that of the BEBs by between 18,000 to almost
20,000 miles.5
Fuel Efficiency
Much attention is given to the efficiency of electric buses but
very few studies or reports acknowledge efficiency losses
associated with charging infrastructure which can increase
energy consumption by 10 – 15 percent. And when
determining the overall energy efficiency of electric bus
transit operations, it is important to consider that more than
60 percent of energy used to generate electricity is lost in
conversion. According to the U.S. Department of Energy,
U.S. utility-scale generation facilities consumed 38 quadrillion
British thermal units (quads) of energy to produce only 14
quads of electricity last year.6
Efficiency claims also almost never acknowledge the tradeoffs associated with heating and cooling of buses, which is
not accounted for in the test cycles used to determine
efficiency ratings of transit buses. Another fact that is often
omitted is the large percentage of electric buses that are
equipped with fossil fueled heaters to reduce the need to
draw on electricity to provide heat. Such heaters can be a
significant emission source that are not at all considered.

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SoCalGas Utility now adding RNG produced in state to the 100% renewable fuel used at its fueling stations

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced it is for the first time dispensing California-produced renewable natural gas (RNG) at many of the natural gas fueling stations it operates across the state. The utility recently began purchasing RNG from Pixley-based Calgren Dairy Fuels (Calgren), which captures the greenhouse gas-producing manure from dairy farms and turns it into RNG, a renewable fuel. SoCalGas has dispensed 100% RNG from out-of-state sources at its fueling stations for a year. Calgren’s facility is part of a rapidly growing biomethane industry in California and is currently the largest dairy biogas operation in the U.S.

Photos of the fueling stations and Calgren’s dairy digester facility are available here. A video demonstrating RNG’s ability to reduce California’s transportation emissions is available here.

“RNG is an important tool in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which cause climate change, and we’re looking forward to major growth in production of this renewable fuel in California,” said Jawaad Malik, SoCalGas vice president of gas acquisition.  “With the right incentives in place, RNG has significant opportunity to help the state move toward carbon-neutrality in not only the transportation sector but in many areas where traditional natural gas is now used.”

“Calgren is excited to be one of the leading production facilities in the U.S., which will eventually capture the waste of more than 132,000 cows from at least 18 dairies,” said Lyle Schlyer, president of Calgren.  “Using the methane captured from dairy waste for transportation fuel is good for the environment because it not only keeps methane from escaping to the air, it allows us to replace traditional natural gas with a renewable version, and it reduces pollution from diesel truck engines.”

RNG is produced when methane, a greenhouse gas that occurs naturally when organic waste breaks down, is captured and upgraded to pipeline standards rather than being released into the air. Organic waste sources such as dairy farms, landfills, sewage, food waste, and dead forest trees create about 80% of all methane emissions in California. Capturing this methane and converting it to RNG rapidly reduces greenhouse gas emissions. In California, a 2016 law requires a 40% reduction of methane emissions from waste sources, with provisions to deliver that energy to customers.

Production of the fuel has accelerated quickly in California, supported by state incentive programs seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from trucking and dairy farms.  In just the next three and a half years, at least 160 RNG production facilities will be online in California to serve the transportation fuel sector, producing more than 15.8 million therms of carbon-negative RNG every year and replacing about 119 million gallons of diesel fuel.  That’s enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 3.4 million tons every year, the equivalent of taking more than 730,000 cars off the road.

Renewable natural gas trucks currently displace about 150 million gallons of diesel fuel in California. By increasing RNG trucks by ten times and decreasing diesel trucks by half, California could cut NOx emissions by 200 tons and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 million tons.

In addition, California recently enacted legislation that expands the definition of renewable natural gas to include organic waste such as dead trees, agricultural waste and vegetation removed for wildfire mitigation which is typically converted to RNG by non-combustion thermal conversion.  The new legislation has a twin benefit of helping to manage wildfires with reduced debris and also lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

To help expand the growth and use of RNG, SoCalGas has proposed a service that would give its customers the option to purchase a portion of their natural gas from renewable sources, just as millions of people can opt to purchase renewable electricity today.  The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has issued a draft ruling authorizing such a service, which is expected to be voted on by the end of the year.

Investment in RNG is also growing beyond California.  Oregon recently enacted legislation allowing its natural gas utilities to purchase RNG on behalf of its customers, with the goal of replacing 15% of traditional natural gas with RNG by 2030.  Virginia-based Dominion Energy has committed to investing in enough RNG projects to make its gas infrastructure net-zero carbon by 2040.  In 20 years, enough RNG could be available in the U.S. to replace about 90% of the nation’s current residential natural gas consumption, according to a recent study by ICF.

About SoCalGas
Headquartered in Los Angeles, SoCalGas® is the largest gas distribution utility in the United States. SoCalGas delivers affordable, reliable, clean and increasingly renewable gas service to 21.8 million customers across 24,000 square miles of Central and Southern California, where more than 90 percent of residents use natural gas for heating, hot water, cooking, drying clothes or other uses. Gas delivered through the company’s pipelines also plays a key role in providing electricity to Californians— about 45 percent of electric power generated in the state comes from gas-fired power plants.

SoCalGas’ vision is to be the cleanest gas utility in North America, delivering affordable and increasingly renewable energy to its customers. In support of that vision, SoCalGas is committed to replacing 20 percent of its traditional natural gas supply with renewable gas by 2030. Renewable natural gas is made from waste created by dairy farms, landfills and wastewater treatment plants. SoCalGas is also committed to investing in its gas delivery infrastructure while keeping bills affordable for our customers. From 2014 through 2018, the company invested nearly $6.5 billion to upgrade and modernize its pipeline system to enhance safety and reliability. SoCalGas is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), an energy services holding company based in San Diego. For more information visit socalgas.com/newsroom or connect with SoCalGas on Twitter (@SoCalGas), Instagram (@SoCalGas) and Facebook. 

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Study Shows Comprehensive Alternative Fuels Approach Achieves Greater Emissions Reductions Than Single Technology Focus

Erick Sanchez• October 27, 2020

Analysis of Texas and California Transportation Subsidy Programs Reveals Electric-Only Focus Fails

Washington, DC – At its NGV20 Annual Industry Summit last week, NGVAmerica released the results of a multi-month study of public transportation subsidy programs in the States of Texas and California, and the results are quite striking.

Over a fifteen-year time period from 2005 to 2019, the State of Texas spent $561 million in public resources to assist in the transition to cleaner vehicle technologies.  During the same time period, the State of California spent $816 million, or 46 percent more.  However, in terms of reducing harmful criteria pollutants to improve air quality, California achieved only a 35,229-ton reduction in NOx emissions despite its increased investment while Texas tallied reductions of 61,610 tons of NOx.  Effectively, California regulators spent 46 percent more public money while accomplishing 43 percent less than Texas.

“This analysis presents a stark reality for state and federal policymakers to consider,” said NGVAmerica President Dan Gage.  “Compared to California’s ZEV-only focus, the Texas approach results in less money spent, deploys more clean heavy-duty trucks and buses on the road, and achieves greater emissions reductions.  The public is best served if state and federal regulators concentrate less on imposing single technology purchases and more on establishing realistic emissions reduction goals while allowing fleets the flexibility to choose the powertrain technology that best meets their needs.”

In completing its analysis, NGVAmerica collected data from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TXCEQ) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and California Energy Commission (CEC).  California focused its funding on medium- and heavy-duty battery electric vehicle test projects.  In contrast, Texas focused on replacing older, dirtier medium- and heavy-duty diesel trucks with newer, cleaner, CNG, LNG, LPG diesel, and diesel hybrid alternatives.  Overall, Texas spent 31 percent less money on more heavy-duty vehicles and reduced 75 percent more harmful NOx emissions than California.

Since 2000, Texas has reduced its NOx emissions by 69 percent while its total population has increased by 35 percent.  Meanwhile, from 2006 to 2013, California reported annual NOx emissions of 160,000 tons per year.  Since that time – and despite its increased Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV)-focused investment – California’s annual emissions have increased to about 175,000 tons per year.

Texas continues its clean air achievement by supporting vehicle choice and an “all of the above” approach to alternative fuel vehicle technologies.  As Texas begins to add renewable natural gas (RNG) to its natural gas vehicle investments, Texas is creating actual carbon-free fleet solutions today.

While supportive of increased RNG production capacity, California is moving to limit the best use of this captured biomethane – as a transportation fuel – by supporting only ZEV purchases that require massive amounts of public funding to subsidize.

NGVs fueled with RNG are the most immediate and cost-effective carbon-free transportation solution available now.  According to CARB’s own data, RNG holds the lowest carbon intensity of any on-road vehicle fuel, including fully renewable electric.

“Now more than ever, communities need affordable, available, and easily scalable clean transportation solutions that address pollution while ensuring that public funding is put to its best use,” added Gage.  “Natural gas vehicles fueled by RNG is the best carbon-free, zero now solution.”

For more information on how to acquire your CNG/RNG Box Trucks, Busses and Semi Trucks please give us a call. We can walk you through the steps and help you weigh your options regardless of your company size.  

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10733 Spangler Rd,

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Full access to the study document is available in NGVAmerica’s online Resource Center at: https://www.ngvamerica.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/NGVAmerica-Which-Road-TX-vs-CA-Investments.pdf

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Virtual CNG, RNG Pipeline Available For All Industries And Applications

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NGV Global Group provides natural gas for customers in areas where there is little or no infrastructure, CNG is transported via trailer in high-capacity, super-lightweight storage tanks. These trailers are filled at major gas pipelines then driven to end use sites for a continual, uninterrupted supply.

CNG can also be transported via standard shipping containers and loaded onto a truck, train, or ship. NGV Global Group can create a virtual pipeline for temporary projects or to fuel a fleet with renewable natural gas or natural gas.

Some fleets are paying so much at the pump that having CNG gas brought to them could greatly reduce their annual fuel costs. Fleets can lower waiting time at busy stations increasing logistic efficiency as a whole. In addition, fleets can eliminate relying on another station that may or not be running congesting efficiency.

Besides fleet companies a virtual pipeline may be used for temporary projects where natural gas is needed in remote or unavailable areas. A virtual natural gas pipeline may also be used by companies needing emergency natural gas supplies.

For Interest in learning about a virtual pipeline option for your company, please contact us for a free consultation.

  • NGV Global Group Inc.
    10733 Spangler Rd,
    Dallas, TX 75220 USA
  • Phone: +1 (214) 630-1000
  • Mail: info@ngvglobalgroup.com

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