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Ribbon cutting ceremony celebrates renewable natural gas facility in Nebraska

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Aria Energy, a Michigan-based renewable energy company, celebrated a ribbon cutting ceremony for their newest Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) facility at the Waste Connections-owned Butler County Landfill in David City, Nebraska, on 26 July 2019.

Aria Energy constructed, owns and operates the project processing and puri-fying up to 1000 ft3 per minute of Landfill Gas into pipeline quality RNG. The RNG is transported to the interstate pipeline through Black Hills Energy’s distribution system. The RNG is sold to Constellation with an intended use by Con-stellation’s customers as fuel for natural gas vehicle fleets.

The event was attended by Senator Deb Fischer, Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley, NEE Director Jim Macy, local officials, and representatives from Waste Connections, Black Hills Energy, and Aria Energy.

“It is an honor to have Senator Fischer attend our event and speak about the RFS Integrity Act of 2019,” said Richard DiGia, Aria Energy’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Finding consistency and transparency in the RFS rulemaking process is key to encourage Aria Energy and other developers to continue invest-ing in projects like Butler.”

As of April 2019, there were 96 operating RNG projects and 61 RNG projects under construction or in advanced development. The RNG industry has grown rapidly in a short period of time, with significant further growth anticipated in the near term.

Use of RNG, a low-carbon fuel, results in approximately 70% lower greenhouse gas emissions than from equivalent gasoline or diesel fueled vehicles. According to US Environmental Protection Agency calculations, the Butler project directly re-duces emissions from 5500 t of methane and avoids nearly 14 000 t of CO2 emissions per year, the equivalent of removing 600 passenger vehicles from the road.

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