US Gain brings sixth RNG development project online

By U.S. Gain | May 08, 2019

U.S. Gain, a leader in development, procurement and distribution of sustainable energy solutions, announces the completion of its sixth renewable natural gas (RNG) landfill development project located in Church Hill, Tennessee.

Methane gas from Carter Valley Landfill, which is owned by Republic Services, Inc.—an industry leader in U.S. recycling and non-hazardous solid waste disposal—is being captured and cleaned, and then converted to RNG for the transportation sector. Collaborative efforts from Tennessee Renewable Group, a leading developer and marketer of renewable natural gas production; Toro Energy, another leader in renewable gas-to-energy development; and U.S. Gain enabled the success of this project.

“Our involvement is uniquely tailored to meet the needs of each RNG development project, which is part of the value we bring to the table,” says Mike Koel, president of U.S. Gain, a division of U.S. Venture, Inc. “In this case, we invested capital to support ongoing costs related to development of the Carter Valley Landfill and are pleased to see it cross the finish line.”

The TRG/U.S. Gain project will generate enough RNG to fuel more than 80 class 8 trucks daily, displacing almost 1.5 million gallons of diesel annually.

“The Carter Valley project is a great example of redevelopment and utilization of smaller gas-producing landfills that had older technology installed,” says David Mauney, president of TRG.

RNG is an ultra-clean, low-carbon natural gas alternative that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions up to 125 percent as compared to diesel. For energy purposes, RNG is chemically identical to pipeline quality gas, but is a product created by the decomposition of organic materials in renewable waste streams. RNG relies on the same infrastructure as fossil fuel natural gas, such as pipelines, gas compressors, refueling stations and vehicle engine technology. The key difference of RNG is its renewable characteristics versus geologic sources of compressed natural gas (CNG).