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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Crude oil futures rise on spot demand, as executive presidential orders effect markets.

Crude oil prices rose by Rs 85 to Rs 4,410 per barrel on Monday as participants widened their positions on firm spot demand.

On the Multi Commodity Exchange, crude oil for February delivery traded higher by Rs 85, or 1.97 per cent, at Rs 4,410 per barrel in 3,826 lots.

Analysts said the raising of bets by participants kept crude oil prices higher in futures trade.

Globally, West Texas Intermediate crude oil gained 2.17 per cent to USD 60.76 per barrel, while Brent crude traded 1.62 per cent higher at USD 63.44 per barrel in New York.

Joe Biden’s ambitious goals of decarbonizing the energy sector by 2035 and attaining net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 is within reach according to Bill Gates. That is, if clean energy storage and transmission challenges are met, next-generation nuclear power remains part of the portfolio, and the federal government ramps up investment in research and development of carbon-neutral building materials to make them far less expensive.

Executive orders are the latest step in the Biden-Harris administration’s aggressive early actions seeking to combat climate change and reverse Trump administration policies seen as harming that goal. Their overarching aim is to “center the climate crisis” in U.S. foreign policy and national security, and to create a “whole-of-government approach” to shifting the country from reliance on fossil fuels to sources of low- or no-carbon energy, according to a White House fact sheet

The federal government also spent about $4.4 billion on its vehicle fleet in 2019, according to General Services Administration data, setting a rough estimate of the potential value of Biden’s goal to electric vehicle makers and equipment vendors. Under the administration’s target, federal agencies would buy U.S.-made EVs to replace the roughly 645,000 vehicles it now owns. 

“The transportation sector is the largest domestic source of carbon emissions,” Tom Kuhn, president of U.S. investor-owned utility trade group Edison Electric Institute, said in a statement. “By accelerating transportation electrification and increasing the number of electric vehicles in the federal fleet and on U.S. roads, we can leverage the already ongoing emission reductions in the power sector to meet economy-wide carbon reduction goals.” 

Beyond being a market for existing clean energy technologies, “government procurement has played a critical role in driving early commercialization and maturation of a whole range of technologies,” Jesse Jenkins, assistant professor at Princeton University and co-author of a December report on U.S. decarbonization pathways, said in a Wednesday interview.

NGV Global Group Continues to grow as the demand for reduced carbon footprints across all business industries continues to rise. The Parent company recently soft launched Green Path logistics, a logistic freight forwarding company thats entire fleets runs off of CNG and RNG (Renewable Natural Gas). Companies can grow their corporate social responsibility in the Fort Worth Dallas area by utilizing Green Path’s vehicles at the same price as their diesel counterparts.

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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www.ETEnergyworld.com. “Crude Oil Futures Rise on Spot Demand – ET EnergyWorld.” ETEnergyworld.com, ET EnergyWorld, 15 Feb. 2021, energy.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/oil-and-gas/crude-oil-futures-rise-on-spot-demand/80923149.

St. John, Jeff. “Biden Executive Orders Set Broad Federal Role in Clean Energy and Climate Change Mitigation.” Greentech Media, Greentech Media, 27 Jan. 2021, www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/biden-executive-orders-set-broad-federal-role-in-climate-change-and-clean-energy.

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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.
  • RGN or Removable Gooseneck Trailers.
  • Conestoga or Curtainside Trailers.
  • Box Truck.
  • Semi Truck

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10733 Spangler Rd,

Dallas, TX 75220 USA

Phone: +1 (214) 630-1000

Mail: info@ngvglobalgroup.com

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,

Dallas, TX 75220 USA

Phone: +1 (214) 630-1000

Mail: info@ngvglobalgroup.com

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

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RNG Trucking Turnkey Solutions

With RNG Growing across the US, a need to provide heavy duty truck classes that can run on the RNG fuel increases. Companies of all sizes across the country are looking for turnkey solutions to implement in their current fleet. NGV Global Groups remanufacturing plant in Dallas Texas gives them everything they need to incorporate RNG trucking.

Big companies like UPS and InBev have already positioned portions of their natural gas fleets to RNG. Smaller companies, like Green Path Logistics in Dallas Texas, have devoted their entire fleet to RNG ready Trucking for their company. Companies of all sizes are seeing the bigger picture and making then transition now.

NGV Global Group Dallas Facility

As the pressure for cleaner air and government policies on pollution tighten, all roads leads to an alternative fuel use in a trucking company’s fleet. NGV Global Group is creating attainable avenues for companies to add RNG trucking to their fleets and help them with the transitioning process. Dmitri Tisnoi of NGV Global Group spoke earlier this month in regards to the company’s recent 2020 Ana Hargrove Outstanding Service Award related to their work in the CNG/RNG industry, “TXNGVA is a top tier association helping organizations to decrease their carbon emissions and meet their sustainability goals.”

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

GET MORE INFO on RNG Virtual Pipeline Solutions

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10733 Spangler Rd,

Dallas, TX 75220 USA

Phone: +1 (214) 630-1000

Mail: info@ngvglobalgroup.com

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Rapid Expansion Of U.S. RNG Infrastructure

Energy Vision, a nonprofit focused on viable technologies and strategies for a sustainable, low-carbon energy and transportation future, released its most recent joint assessment of the U.S. renewable natural gas (RNG) industry, performed on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. The assessment, which consists of a database of current and projected RNG projects, shows the total number of RNG production facilities in the U.S. that are operational, under construction or planned increased by 42% — from 219 in early 2019 to 312 by the end of 2020. That includes 157 RNG production facilities now operating (up 78% from 2019); 76 projects under construction (up 100%); and 79 projects in planning.

The 157 operational projects represent total RNG production capacity of over 59 million MMBtu (a 30% increase since 2019), the equivalent of over 459 million gallons of diesel — enough to fuel 50,000 refuse trucks (nearly 40% of the refuse trucks in the U.S.). With 155 new RNG projects under construction or being planned, rapid capacity growth should continue in the years ahead, notes Energy Vision.

Renewable natural gas (RNG), also known as biomethane, is made by capturing and refining biogas (mostly methane) that organic wastes such as food waste, farm manure and municipal wastewater emit as they decompose. According to Argonne National Laboratory’s GREET model, RNG produced from anaerobic digestion of food waste or dairy and hog manure is net carbon-negative over its lifecycle, including production, transport and use. “More GHGs are captured in producing the fuel than are ever emitted by the vehicles burning it,” explains Matt Tomich, Energy Vision’s president. “This means that making and using RNG can result in lower atmospheric GHGs than if it were never made or used in the first place.” Recent studies estimate that existing domestic sources could produce enough RNG to displace 10% of current U.S. fossil natural gas production, or displace close to 25% of diesel fuel in transportation. “This new assessment shows RNG ramping up quickly, and growth is likely to keep accelerating,” adds Tomich.

NGV Global Groups virtual pipeline division is equipped to help support RNG Facilities meet the growing demand throughout the US. Virtual Pipelines allow RNG into the existing natural gas network for local distribution to homes and businesses. It can also be used as a transportation fuel in natural gas cars, trucks and buses across the country in a time when alternative fueling is needed.

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Texas RNG Gas Projects Keep Growing

RNG is an affordable and proven natural gas vehicle technology,
fueled with biomethane (RNG) and it’s growing in Texas. It’s collected at local landfills, wastewater treatment plants, commercial food waste facilities, and agricultural digesters that can yield a carbon-negative lifecycle emissions result.

There are over 20 RNG projects completed, under-construction or proposed in Texas. These projects have been popping up all over the state. Many of these projects are being created to supply transportation industry with renewable natural gas with no signs of slowing. All of these projects have one common need. A pipeline.

NGV Global Group is the parent company of Texas Gas Transport (TGT). TGT has provided high-pressure cryogenic fuel logistics services to a variety of clients in the industrial/manufacturing and power generation industries. TGT is the premier carrier of CNG and LNG in the Southwest market. TGT is capable in the assistance of creating a virtual pipeline to help connect all the RNG dots. In fact they are licensed and equipped to run in 48 continental states.

This strengthening of RNG infrastructure through growth and networking is great news for logistics companies looking to adapt to lowering their companies carbon footprint and adopting sustainability efforts. NGV Global Group’s Heavy Vehicle CNG/RNG Remanufacturing plant headquartered in Dallas Texas assists small and large fleets in accomplishing these goals.

A company in need of RNG vehicles or interested in RNG fueling options can receive consulting from NGV Global Group and are encouraged to reach out. NGV Global Group understands the daunting task of keeping full speed ahead while modifying an active fleet at the same time.

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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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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.”

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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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From waste to fuel: the prospects for renewable natural gas in the US

While hydrogen initiatives have been grabbing headlines thanks to large-scale national plans and projects at corporate level, renewable natural gas (RNG) also deserves attention as an emerging tool for decarbonization.

RNG comes from capturing biogas from areas like landfills and farms and then cleaning and upgrading that gas to remove excess carbon dioxide to then turn it into biomethane, which is more commonly referred to as RNG. This process is needed to bring the methane portion of biogas to a level that can then be blended with conventional natural gas on existing pipeline infrastructure, to avoid diminishing the quality or heat content of the pipeline.

As in the case of hydrogen, policies will be critical for RNG to be a competitive alternative to fossil fuels. A recent special report from S&P Global Platts AnalyticsThe role of renewable natural gas in a carbon-constrained US market, highlighted some of the key considerations in assessing the potential of RNG in the US today:

1. RNG could play a key role in curbing methane emissions

Capturing biogas for RNG offers net-zero carbon potential since it reduces emissions that would otherwise escape directly into the atmosphere. At the same time, it can displace higher-emitting fossil fuels (diesel, natural gas) which include emissions from leaks and venting at or near the wellhead. In addition to these climate benefits, RNG also lowers nitrous oxide (NOx) emissions that have harmful health impacts.

2. Transport is a main use today, as the number of CNG vehicles grows

The latest available data shows new yearly additions have slowed though, falling to 4,550 new vehicles in 2017 and below 1,300 in 2019, based on Platts Analytics estimates that factors in NGV demand for the last two years. This is sharp drop from more than 8,700 in 2015. However, given more states have enacted polices since 2015, as well as proposing new legislation to support increased use of RNG, its likely annual CNG vehicle growth has not peaked. Furthermore, the increased state interest in RNG means any new CNG vehicles going forward, particularly large vehicles, will likely elect to use RNG.

Compressed Natural Gas vehicles in the US

3. RNG is appealing to US energy companies looking to diversify

The latest example of this was seen in California. Southern California Gas Company (SoCal) announced an agreement between SoCal, the San Diego Gas & Electric Company, consumer advocate groups, various industry groups, such as RNG Coalition, and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), to bring increased volumes of renewable natural gas (RNG) to California customers. The program will be made available to both residential and non-residential customers, with the latter having a purchase percentage option to choose how much of their natural gas is RNG, ranging from 25% to 100%. The tariff favors in-state supply that extends beyond landfills, subject to cost limits. RNG use will also reduce emissions under California’s GHG cap and trade program.

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4. Landfill has the greatest supply potential and cost appeal…

Estimated technical potential from all US landfills exceeds 2,900 million diesel gallon equivalent, or 1.0 Bcf/d of gas equivalent, according to the EPA – assuming all landfills not currently being used to produce RNG are eventually brought online to capture and upgrade biogas into RNG. This makes up two thirds of total estimated US RNG potential. Based on the EPA’s existing landfill methane outreach program (LMOP) 578 landfill projects are in operation as of December 2019, most for biogas production, but increasingly used to produce RNG. EPA estimates another 478 candidate projects could be used for biogas or RNG. Most landfill projects are found to be economical at $10/MMBtu or less.

5. …but dairy and swine farms offer the lowest carbon intensities (CI)

Despite project costs being estimated at $30/MMBtu or higher, farm-based RNG production, such as from dairy or swine manure, is growing, with strongly negative CIs indicating a net negative impact on GHG emissions and strong incentives from California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) program. The weighted-average CI for bio-CNG/LNG for 4Q19 was 22 g/MJ, but dairy or swine projects can have CIs of -350 g/MJ or lower.

Carbon intensity of bio CNG and bio LNG

6. California is the front runner in US RNG policy initiatives

The existing LCFS program has already helped California’s transportation sector RNG volumes reach upwards of 37 MMDGE, or 13 MMcf/d, as of 3Q 2019, which makes up approximately 17% of total US RNG volumes.

California RNG volumes

In addition to this, the California Public Utility Commission is pursuing multiple rulemaking phases to increase renewable gas serving the state’s energy needs and reduce methane emissions. Legislation from 2018 (SB 1440) calls for renewable gas procurement targets for utilities. The bill primarily focuses on biomethane, but renewable hydrogen blending is an option, under the umbrella of “renewable gas”, to displace fossil natural gas. It is estimated California has upwards of ~250 MMcf/d in RNG that is deemed as technically producible, but again, costs will make it a challenging task to fully achieve this potential.

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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NGV Global Group Inc.

10733 Spangler Rd,

Dallas, TX 75220 USA

Phone: +1 (214) 630-1000

Mail: info@ngvglobalgroup.com

Original Story https://blogs.platts.com/2020/06/30/renewable-natural-gas-us-waste-biogas/

Author Tyler Jubert, S&P Global Platts Analytics

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