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  1. Landfill gas as an option for renewable gas

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    Upon inquiry from Morgan White, Mike Larson provided this update:

    One additional website that may be of interest is the attached from the EPA.

    https://www.epa.gov/lmop/project-and-landfill-data-state

    Landfill gas is the most prevalent form of renewable gas that I am aware of.  I asked Kinect about the use of biogas last year, and at the time they were not aware of anyone producing biogas and injecting it into the gas pipeline.  Most installations that I am aware of are point of use applications.  It costs quite a bit of money to pressurize the natural gas and inject it into the pipeline and the quantities are not huge, so most installations install a generator at the site and use the bio-gas to generate onsite.  I am not an expert in this market by any stretch, but that is my general understanding of how it is used.

    I will inquire again from Kinect, but I am not aware of any biogas being available to purchase, and as such I also do not know about the premium to purchase.

     

     

     

    Mike Larson

    Associate Director of Utilities Production, Facilities and Services

  2. note about biogas availability

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    I checked again with our market advisor for natural gas purchases, and they are not aware of anyone that produces biogas and injects it into the gas pipeline. They are going to do some additional checking and will follow back up if they find something.

    The did note that we could purchase environmental assets (RECs) associated with renewable gas that is produced. They are going to provide an overview summary of what this market looks like and what these type of RECs would cost.

    I also came across the attached website from DOE that I thought might interest you about renewable gas production.

    https://afdc.energy.gov/fuels/natural_gas_renewable.html

    This site also have a link to a BioFuels atlas which was interesting as well.

    https://maps.nrel.gov/biofuels-atlas/?aL=p9sLVz%255Bv%255D%3Dt&bL=clight&cE=0&lR=0&mC=40.18307014852534%2C-91.58203125&zL=7

     

    Mike Larson

    Associate Director of Utilities Production, Facilities and Services

  3. Bio gas is Big and getting Bigger

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    Bio gas is Big and getting Bigger

     

    EIA reports that renewable natural gas (RNG) from biogas collected at landfills and other facilities, is increasingly used to meet government targets for renewable fuel production. In 2016, about 189 million gallons of RNG were used to meet about 82% of federal targets set specifically for cellulosic biofuel.

      

    Combined production of liquefied RNG and compressed RNG grew from 33 million gallons of ethanol equivalent in 2014 to 189 million gallons in 2016. EPA projects 238 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel will be produced in 2018.

     

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