U.S. Gain announced a new renewable natural gas (RNG) development project located in Springfield, Neb. The facility is producing clean fuel for the transportation industry, as well as a RNG supply contract for Southern California Gas Company’s (SoCalGas) natural gas fueling station network. Both projects will be impactful in the development and supply of RNG across the country.
As a vertically-integrated RNG provider, U.S. Gain is diligently working with producers and developers on a multitude of landfill, agricultural, and wastewater treatment RNG development projects – converting their waste to clean fuel.
One of the most recent projects that U.S. Gain was involved in is the Sarpy County Landfill located in Springfield, Neb. This landfill will produce enough RNG to fuel 117 Class 8 trucks daily, according to the company, or the equivalent of displacing more than 2.3 million gallons of diesel.
“We’re honored to have worked with a team of experienced professionals on development of the Sarpy County Landfill,” said U.S. Gain President Mike Koel. “These projects often take longer to develop than expected, but are completely worth all the effort when the final certification approval is received. The transportation industry needs clean fuel, and we’re committed to meeting the growing demand of RNG. We currently have 20 RNG development projects in process.”
RNG is methane captured from landfill, wastewater treatment plant, and agricultural waste cleaned and conditioned to meet natural gas pipeline quality standards. Once the gas is certified for use, it can be dispensed through natural gas fueling stations as a drop-in fuel, with no changes to fueling equipment or vehicles.
According to U.S. Gain, California is vocal about its plans to address the state’s air quality problem. With looming air quality deadlines, key stakeholders across industry sectors have been collaborating to create feasible options that will reduce their environmental footprint and remain compliant with goals put forth by California lawmakers.
SoCalGas made national headlines recently by pledging to be the cleanest natural gas utility in North America. A household name in California, SoCalGas plans to deploy a variety of tactics to achieve their vision, one of which is to replace compressed natural gas (CNG) with RNG across their fueling station network. RNG offered at these stations is expected to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by more than 21,000 metric tons annually—the equivalent of taking 4,500 passenger cars off the road.
“SoCalGas is excited to offer RNG at many of our natural gas vehicle fueling stations from U.S. Gain,” said Jawaad Malik, vice president of Gas Acquisitions. “RNG is an important tool in helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions, that is why SoCalGas has committed to having 20% RNG in our system by 2030.”