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Conversion Technology E-Newsletter – April 2019

EVENTS

 

 
Alternative Technology Advisory Subcommittee Meeting (ATAS)
April 18, 2019
Alhambra, CA
For more information on this event, please visit the website: 
 
http://dpw.lacounty.gov/epd/tf/meetings.cfm

 
Southern California Waste Management Forum Annual Business Meeting & Conference 
May 2, 2019
Fullerton, CA
 
https://www.scwmf.org/business-meeting

WasteExpo
May 6-9, 2019 
Las Vegas, NV
 
https://www.wasteexpo.com/en/home.html

The 11th Waste Conversion Technology Conference (WCTC)
June 2-4, 2019
Atlantic City, NJ
 
https://wasteconversionconference.com/



SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Global Green is in the process of identifying 2-4 partner cities in SoCalGas territory to be selected to receive free technical assistance in starting an Eco-Ambassador Program for multi-family food waste diversion and/or modeling scenarios for expanding food waste to biogas infrastructure. The key focus of this initiative is to help cities plan and adopt solutions to meet the organics diversion mandates set by California bills AB 1826 and SB 1383. Applications are due May 10, 2019. For more information, click here.



NEWS



Anaergia Launches Rialto, California Food Diversion, Energy Recovery Plant

Construction of the Anaergia food waste diversion and energy recovery facility in the city of Rialto, California has begun. The plant is slated to launch in mid-2020. The plant will process 1,000 tons per day of food waste and biosolids. Final projects will include electricity, pipeline-injected renewable natural gas (RNG), and fertilizer. Anaergia will use a proprietary technology that separates organics from mixed solid waste of any contamination level. The organic waste will be processed through anaerobic digestion. The facility will produce the equivalent of 13 megawatts of clean energy per year. The net carbon dioxide emissions reduction will be the equivalent of taking 47,500 cars off the road. The facility is co-funded by the California Energy Commission, U.S. Department of Energy, CalRecycle, the state of California, and significant private investment. To read more, click here
 
LIPA Oks Food Scraps-To-Power Plant, Projects Lower Energy Needs 
Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) trustees approved a food scraps-to-energy plant. The trustees unanimously approved an $84 million, 20-year contract to buy power from a facility planned in Yaphank by American Organic Energy, which promises to convert 180,000 tons of food scraps annually to biogas to fuel a 6-megawatt power plant, vehicles, and equipment. Once in operation by December 2020, the plant will cost average residential ratepayers around 10 cents a month. The state has already awarded the facility more than $1.7 million in grants. To read more, click here
 
Toronto Advances RNG Projects 
The City of Toronto, Ontario has begun installing a facility to produce large quantities of renewable natural gas (RNG) from residential source separated organics (SSO) and solid waste. The project will upgrade the more than 5 million cubic meters of biogas produced annually through anaerobic digestion at the recently expanded Dufferin Organics Processing Facility. The facility will begin producing RNG by the end of this year or early in 2020. The City has a fleet of 115 collection trucks fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG). The RNG produced from the biogas from the Dufferin facility is expected to meet the majority of the solid waste fleets fuel demand. To read more, click here
 
Fiberight Plant Processes First Load of Recycling While Municipal Review Committee Seeks New Director 

The Fiberight advanced waste processing facility took in its first batch of recycling on Tuesday. The facility will start accepting municipal waste on April 15 from some of the Maine communities that make up the Municipal Review Committee (MRC). The MRC is a nonprofit representing 115 Maine towns and cities that have agreed to send waste to the Fiberight facility. Currently, the MRC has an interim executive director while the board searches for a long-term person to fill the role. Once the plant is completed, its state-of-the-art machinery will remove cardboard, plastics, and metals from unsorted garbage and recycling, and then convert food waste into biogas and other waste into marketable cellulose. The $69 million facility is on track to ramp up to full-scale commercial operations by July 1, 2019. To read more, click here.



 POLICY & LEGISLATION

CalRecycle Launches SB 1383 Education and Outreach Resources Webpage
Although SB 1383 regulations dont go into effect until 2022, CalRecycle is encouraging jurisdictions to start planning now to put programs into place by 2022. CalRecycle has developed a few initial resources to help jurisdictions educate local government leaders and regulated businesses. To read more, click here
 
Biogas to RNG Projects: What, Why, and How
 
There is a national trend to reposition biogas-producing assets into renewable fuel production facilities. The primary driver behind many of these projects is monetization of the environmental attributes of the renewable natural gas (RNG) produced. Generating Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) and Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) credits combined with the commodity value of the natural gas can lead to very attractive payback periods. However, these projects come with significant complexities, including understanding the regulatory environments of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), LCFS, and other carbon markets, feedstock procurement, pipeline access, construction and operation of facilities, and compliance. This article can help project developers, investors, utilities, agriculture, and food production industries, and municipalities better understand the regulations driving new RNG projects, how projects get done, and outline how some comment project complexities can be addressed. To read more, click here
 
2019 Renewable Fuel Standard Update 
On February 6, 2019, the RFS Power Coalition, newly formed by the American Biogas Council (ABC), Biomass Power Association (BPA), and Energy Recovery Council (ERC), filed a lawsuit against EPA to challenge its 2019 fuel targets for failing to account for fuel in the renewable electricity pathway again, for the fifth year in a row. Biogas, if used in compressed natural gas vehicles, can participate in the RFS today. However, the Environmental Protection Agency, which administers the RFS, has failed to allow biogas projects that power fuel cell electric vehicles, known as the eRIN pathway, to participate. The EPA can avoid litigation by taking action and activating the pathway. If the RFS Power Coalition proceeds with litigation, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia will first determine if the case has merit. Supporters can sign on at the RFS Power Coalitions new website, www.rfspower.org. To read more, click here

 


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