Tennessee landfill now producing clean fuel for the transportation industry.
APPLETON, Wis., May 7, 2019 – U.S. Gain, a division of U.S. Venture, Inc., is excited to announce the completion of its sixth renewable natural gas (RNG) landfill development project located in Church Hill, Tennessee.
Methane gas from the Carter Valley Landfill, which is owned by Republic Services, Inc.—an industry leader in U.S. recycling and non-hazardous solid waste disposal—is being captured, cleaned, and then converted to RNG for the transportation sector. Collaborative efforts from Tennessee Renewable Group (TRG), a leading developer and marketer of renewable natural gas production; Toro Energy, another leader in renewable gas-to-energy development; and U.S. Gain enabled the success of this project.
“Our involvement is uniquely tailored to meet the needs of each RNG development project which is part of the value we bring to the table,” says Mike Koel, president of U.S. Gain. “In this case, we invested capital to support the ongoing costs related to the development of the Carter Valley Landfill and are pleased to see it cross the finish line.”
The TRG/U.S. Gain project will generate enough RNG to fuel more than 80 Class 8 trucks daily, displacing almost 1,500,000 gallons of diesel annually.
“The Carter Valley project is a great example of redevelopment and utilization of smaller gas-producing landfills that had older technology installed,” says David Mauney, president of TRG.
RNG is an ultra-clean, low-carbon natural gas alternative that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 125% as compared to diesel. For energy purposes, RNG is chemically identical to pipeline-quality gas but is created by the decomposition of organic materials in renewable waste streams. RNG relies on the same infrastructure as fossil natural gas: inclusive of pipelines, gas compressors, refueling stations, and vehicle engine technology. The key difference between RNG is its renewable characteristics versus geologic sources of compressed natural gas (CNG).