RNG is available, but production is very scarce. Bp is going to be hosting a customer webinar on Carbon Offsets Natural Gas (CONG) and RNG offerings in the near future.
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Use Renewable Natural Gas (Proposed)
Per Rob Roman, Director of Utilities and Energy Services, noted that when he worked at the University of Illinois Chicago, they tried to buy bio-gas and ran into supply issues.
Use Clean Thermal Energy
- Geothermal on Campus
- Methane Capture on Campus
- Biomass use on Campus
- Use Renewable Natural Gas
- Solar Thermal at ARC
Perhaps the best option for decarbonizing thermal energy on campus is renewable natural gas (RNG). RNG is a drop-in solution that can be generated from a variety of technologies — most notably from upgrading biogas produced from anaerobic digestion — and used in existing infrastructure such as at Abbott Power Plant. Argonne National Laboratory publishes a database of RNG projects divided into the following categories: farms, food waste, landfills, wastewater treatment, and other waste. The Argonne database shows an increase of 53% from 2017 to 2019, and a total 2019 production capability of about 45 million MMBTU. This is a growing opportunity that the university will pursue for clean energy.
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