By Mary Page Bailey |
Clean energy fuels Corp. (Newport Beach, California) and pb plc (London) has announced that its renewable natural gas (RNG) joint venture will build on previously announced plans to finance and develop new projects on dairy farms, starting in the Midwest.
Located in South Dakota and Iowa, dairy farms, with more than 30,000 cows, have the estimated potential to convert the methane produced from waste to more than seven million gallons of RNG per year.
Agriculture accounts for nearly 10 percent of the United States’ greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. Capturing methane from agricultural waste can reduce these emissions. RNG is used as a transportation fuel and has lower GHG emissions on a lifecycle basis compared to conventional gasoline and diesel. The California Air Resources Board has assigned similar projects a weighted average carbon intensity (CI) score of -320 compared to CI scores of 101 for conventional diesel fuel and 15 for electric batteries.
“The demand for RNG is growing rapidly, evidenced by our recent announcement to power a new fleet of Amazon heavy-duty trucks deployed across the country,” said Clay Corbus, senior vice president and co-head of renewable fuels at Clean Energy. “Our joint venture with bp to develop new supplies is essential to meet this demand. The RNG that should flow from these dairies to our refueling infrastructure will allow our customers to significantly reduce their carbon emissions and achieve their sustainable development goals. ”
Dynamic Holdings will oversee the construction, development and operation of the facilities after signing an agreement with the joint venture to execute several phases of dairy RNG projects.
With more than 550 distribution points, Clean Energy has the largest network of RNG stations in the United States. Bp’s world-class business organization transports RNG to California markets and monetizes the environmental credits associated with RNG distribution.
“These collaborations are critical steps towards our ambition to help the world reach net zero by 2050 or sooner,” said Sean Reavis, bp biogas production manager. “Our biogas strategy is focused on growth and developing an integrated business model that allows us to deliver the unique energy products that the market demands. “
The first RNG production facility should be operational in 2022.