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Renewable Thermal Energy

Energy used for heating and cooling comprises nearly 40 percent of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. As 1 in 4 Americans remain challenged by unhealthy air quality levels, leading companies and utilities begin to replace traditional thermal energy sources with renewables as a solution for change.

Thermal energy coils

WHAT IS THERMAL ENERGY?

Thermal energy, most commonly sourced from natural gas, provides heat to billions of utilities, businesses and homes annually. It is generated by converting a primary energy source to heat. Often, production occurs on-site and is then distributed locally.

To address the demand for sustainable solutions within the utility sector, many are beginning to explore renewable source options for thermal energy: geothermal, renewable electrification, renewable hydrogen, solar thermal and renewable natural gas (RNG). For further information on thermal energy, read this blog.

Landfill RNG Production Site

WHAT IS RENEWABLE NATURAL GAS?

Renewable natural gas, also known as biomethane, is an emerging solution that has the potential to significantly reduce thermal energy related emissions. It is comprised of captured methane from the decomposition of organic materials that’s cleaned and conditioned to meet natural gas pipeline quality standards. It’s then used by companies as renewable thermal energy or renewable fuel in place of traditional fossil gas.

And, it’s plentiful. Renewable natural gas is produced from a variety of feedstocks —agricultural, landfills and wastewater treatment facilities. The number of facilities transforming their waste to renewable natural gas is continuing to grow exponentially, year over year.

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WHY RENEWABLE NATURAL GAS?

While natural gas provides a reliable, uninterrupted source of heat by the simple flip of a switch or push of a button, it also comes with many fossil-based characteristics. However, renewable natural gas offers utilities, companies and consumers a cleaner, greener renewable energy solution. In fact, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport recently adopted RNG for thermal application which you can read about here.

By converting waste to renewable energy and subsequently preventing methane emissions from being released into the atmosphere, renewable natural gas delivers tremendous upstream and downstream emission savings – especially within your scope 1 and scope 2 emissions. There are no infrastructure projects, no changes to operations and no ongoing maintenance costs. A switch to renewable natural gas is simply paperwork – the easy kind we manage for you.

Reach Out

Let’s talk about how renewable natural gas can benefit your organization.

Mike Koel

President

mkoel@usgain.com

Bryan Nudelbacher

Director of Business Development

bnudelbacher@usgain.com