February: All Biogas and Landfill Gas
Over the past few years, growth of biogas-based power and fuels in North America has been very healthy. The U.S. EPA gave biogas a really nice boost when it approved new cellulosic and advanced fuel pathways under the renewable fuel standard, including compressed and liquefied natural gas produced from biogas from landfills, municipal wastewater treatment facility digesters, agricultural digesters, and separated MSW digesters, as well as electricity used to power electric vehicles produced from biogas (from the same list of sources).
And some states have some great incentives for certain biogas-based projects, including North Carolina, which you can read more about here. Just this week, Carbon Cycle Energy announced it had broken ground on one of the projects I mention in that article. C2e Renewables NC, will process in excess of 750,000 tons of organic waste per year. At full capacity, the plant will generate 6,500 dekatherms of biomethane per day, equivalent to roughly 50,000 gallons of diesel fuel. The company has signed contracts with Duke Energy, as well as another company that they say wishes to be unnamed, for all of the fuel produced.
And then, up in the Northeast, increased food waste regulations and bans are spurring new projects. Quantum Energy is in the process of bringing online a new biogas plant in Southington, Connecticut—the first food waste-based biogas plant in the state—and yesterday I talked with Brian Paganini, vice president, and he told me they have five more potential projects in the works, a few in Connecticut and another in Massachusetts, three of which he said “are very real.”
So, my point here is that we’ve seen all of this growth over the past couple of years, and after toying with the idea for some time, we decided to dedicate an entire issue of Biomass Magazine to the cause. If you’re in that industry, or if you’re looking to get into that industry, you should most definitely be a part it.