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Conversion Technology E-Newsletter – September 2019

EVENTS

 

Biosolids and Renewable Energy Innovation Seminar
September 17, 2019
Playa Del Rey, CA
https://events.cwea.org/event/biosolids-and-renewable-energy-innovation-seminar/

Alternative Technology Advisory Subcommittee (ATAS) Meeting
September 19, 2019
Alhambra, CA
http://dpw.lacounty.gov/epd/tf/meetings.cfm

US Biogas
October 1-2, 2019
San Diego, CA
https://events.newenergyupdate.com/biogas/

WasteCon 2019
October 21-24, 2019
Phoenix, AZ
https://swana.org/Events/WASTECON.aspx

BioCycle Refor19
October 28-31, 2019
Madison, WI
http://www.biocyclerefor.com/

Southern California Waste Management Forum (SCWMF) Annual Conference & Exhibit
November 7, 2019
Pomona, CA
https://www.scwmf.org/annual-conference-exhibit

The Renewable Natural Gas Conference 
December 2-5, 2019
Dana Point, CA
http://www.rngcoalition.com/rng-conference


NEWS



Converting Waste, A Leftover Resource, to Biofuels Reduces Emissions
A UCLA study reveals how the U.S. can maximize benefits of waste-derived fuels. The study encompasses 15 energy conversion technologies and 29 waste types.  The study concluded that using waste products to create fuels has the potential to displace 103 to 178 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions - an amount equivalent to taking 37 million passenger vehicles off the road based on typical passenger vehicle emissions of 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide each year.  To read more, click here.

Montreal Invests $167M to Build Biomethane Plant
In Canada, the city of Montreal is investing $167 million CAD to build a plant that will convert organic waste into renewable gas energy via biomethanation. The facility will process approximately 60,000 tons of organic waste annually and produce enough renewable gas to power about 3,600 homes. The plant is expected to be in operation in 2022.  To read more, click here.

RNG: Moving Beyond Zero Emissions
Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) makes it possible for transportation to have less than zero climate-harming emissions of greenhouse gases.  RNG from dairy farms and waste digesters are often below zero, and RNG from landfills and sewage plants also have great emissions reductions.  Importantly, the most vital emissions reductions occur today, not in the future. RNG is transformative because this technology is being used today and is an existing solution for emissions from heavy duty trucks and other vehicles. 
To read more, click here.

Renewable Natural Gas: The Climate Change Solution with Limited Awareness of its Potential
Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) creates a "green gas" that is interchangeable with traditional pipeline-quality natural gas.  RNG acts as a baseload resource when other renewable sources, such as wind and solar, simply cannot. SoCalGas has made a commitment to replace 20% of its traditional natural gas supply with RNG by 2030.  A study by Navigant Consulting found that replacing 16% of California''''''''s natural gas supply with RNG would cut greenhouse gas emissions as much as converting all state buildings to electric-only energy by 2030.To read more, click here.

How Cows Will Help Heat a Vermont College Campus
Middlebury College in Vermont and its partners broke ground on a new facility on the Goodrich Family Farm in Salisbury.  The facility includes a digester capable of turning 100 tons of manure and 180 tons of food waste into renewable gas every single day.  The digester will supply half the energy needed to heat and cool the campus. To read more, click here.

Canada Investing in First-in-Canada Forest Industry Technologies in Sarnia
Canada announced two investments totaling more than $4.7 million in Woodland Biofuels. The first investment will allow Woodland Biofuels to develop a technology to produce ethanol, a sustainable and renewable fuel, from wood and agricultural waste.   The second investment will increase the efficiency of Woodland Biofuels cellulosic ethanol demonstration plant and support detailed engineering activities, enabling Woodlands first commercial-scale ethanol facility.  To read more, click here. 


POLICY & LEGISLATION

Draft Program Environmental Impact Report for Statewide Adoption of Senate Bill 1383 Regulations for Short-Lived Climate Pollutants: Organic Waste Methane Emission Reduction
The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) has released a Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Statewide Adoption of Senate Bill 1383 Regulations for Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP): Organic Waste Methane Emission Reduction.  The public review and comment period for the Draft Program EIR is from July 30, 2019 through September 13, 2019. For more information, click here.

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