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    RNG facility planned for upstate New York


The proposed facility would use dairy farm waste as a feedstock.

by: Daniel Graeber

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RNG facility planned for upstate New York

Cayuga RNG Holdings announced plans May 4 to use the waste from a farm in upstate New York to produce renewable natural gas (RNG).

Cayuga RNG, a joint venture owned by a subsidiary of UGI Energy Services, a subsidiary of UGI Corporation, and Global Common Energy (GCE), said its proposed project would utilise existing infrastructure that uses dairy waste as a feedstock to produce biogas that is used to produce electricity.

“The proposed project, which is expected to be completed in the second half of calendar year 2022, will upgrade the biogas to produce an expected 50mn ft3 of RNG each year from on-site dairy waste feedstock,” the company explained.

RNG sourced from dairy waste will be sent through a local gas pipeline to supply regional consumers.

Robert Beard, UGI’s executive vice president for natural gas, said the upstate New York facility reinforces its commitment to RNG as a sustainable form of energy.

GCE operates conventional and renewable-based power plants, including a pair of 12.5 MW biomass power plants.

With 3,700 head of cattle, Spruce Haven farms, the origin of the dairy waste, is a family-owned business committed to sustainable agricultural practices.

The RNG footprint in North America is expanding. The state of California announced in February that the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority had signed an agreement with Clean Energy Fuels for 47.5mn gallons of its RNG supply.

Similar operations are established in the Canadian energy sector.