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Cornerstone Renewables

Cornerstone Renewables is working to supply
the Woolwich Plant with feedstock.
Cornerstone Renewables is a new company that was developed by a group of Ontario biogas operators to source organic material for their anaerobic digesters. “Cornerstone was created out of necessity for biogas system owners to work together and speak as one,” says President Travis Woollings. “Through talking with us, waste producers come to see anaerobic digestion as a sustainability waste solution.”

There are advantages to approaching waste generators – such as food processors, institutions, grocery chains – and waste haulers with the economies of scale that Cornerstone provides.

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Strategic Plan Complete

For several months, the Biogas Association’s Board of Directors and staff have been developing a path forward for the industry: giving consideration to progress made in the last five years, looking forward to help grow the industry, and ensuring existing operators are supported. The following document is a summary of the new path developed by the Board, which followed preparation from staff and input from four industry sessions on a range of key issues. Please see the new Strategic Plan webpage on the members-only section of our website for details, including full reports from each industry input session, and the strategic plan summary document.

Municipalities Buying In to RNG

Several municipalities are in discussions with the Biogas Association about using RNG as a vehicle fuel. Each municipality has different circumstances and interests, and a separate workplan has been developed by the Biogas Association for each municipality. Several municipalities in the Greater Toronto Area participated in the June 18th webinar by the Biogas Association and Union Gas, hosted by the Clean Air Partnership. A link to the recorded webinar can be found here.

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Niagara Region looking into fueling up with what we flush

St Catharines councillors in committee recently approved the release of $120,000 to allow staff to move forward with a plan to convert biogas generated at regional wastewater treatment plants into biomethane to fuel Region fleet vehicles. Charles Rittner, the Region’s associate director of water and wastewater maintenance, said the biogas currently generated is used to fuel wastewater treatment plant boilers, which lessens the Region’s natural gas consumption. However, there is more biogas generated then what is needed, so the excess is burned off. “This excess has value,” Rittner said. “The study was conducted to ascertain the best method to extract this value.”

U.S. EPA approves new fuels for federal biofuel mandate

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expanded the types of fuel that can be used to satisfy the federal biofuel mandate, a move that could play a role in the agency’s delayed targets for 2014 renewable fuel use. The EPA finalized a plan allowing compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas produced using biogas from landfills, manure digesters and sewage treatment plants to qualify as cellulosic biofuel, fuel typically derived from sources like grasses and wood. Electricity generated from biogas and used to power electric vehicles would also qualify to meet the cellulosic portion of the federal biofuel mandate.

Biogas delivers 150 MW of Power in UK

Marking the continued impressive growth of the UK anaerobic digestion (AD) industry the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA) recently stated, “In the four years since our first trade show, the anaerobic digestion sector has seen unprecedented growth. In that time over a hundred new AD plants have opened, more than tripling the number outside thewater sector, delivering over 150 MW of capacity to generate ultra-low carbon storeable, baseload, flexible renewable gas, as well as saving well over five million tonnes of CO2, recycling nutrients essential to food production and creating jobs.”

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Events

RFS Webinar: Understanding EPA’s New Biogas Rule

July 28, 2014, Online

Large Renewable Procurement: OPA Webinar

July 29, 2014, Online

Nordic Biogas Conference

August 27-29, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland

Canadian Outdoor Farm Show

September 11, 12, 2014, Woodstock Ontario

Waste Conversion Technology Conference

September 24-26, 2104, Denver, CO

Green Doors Open

October 4, 2014, Ontario and Alberta

Advanced Biofuels Conference

October 13, 14, 2014, Minneapolis, Minn.

QUEST 2014: Innovation and Implementation

Dec 1-3, 2014, Vancouver

Pollutec: Biogas, A Booming Market

December 2-5, 2014, Lyon, France

 

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