Pact for Landfill Gas for Trucks Could Spur Transportation Use,
Especially in the Wake of EPA’s Cellulosic Equivalent Designation
Portland, Maine-based DriveGreen is promoting an arrangement that will channel the equivalent of 25,000 gallons of diesel fuel of landfill-derived biomethane per day to trucks operated by Waste Management.
DriveGreen’s contribution is technology “that tracks and audits the production of renewable natural gas that is currently injected into pipelines and then contractually withdrawn at Waste Management fueling locations throughout the country.”
“We hope this will be the beginning of many new link-ups between renewable natural gas and transportation,” says DriveGreen managing director Gordon Grimes.
Reckoning Up the RINs
The DriveGreen system allows users to calculate the Renewable Identification Number credits they earn under the U.S. EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard. RFS-2 was recently amended to give renewable natural gas for vehicles the same high level of recognition accorded cellulosic ethanol (F&F, July 5).
The DriveGreen system connects Waste Management, the nation’s largest user of natural gas for refuse trucks, with fuel provider U.S. Energy Services, a subsidiary of World Fuel Services Corp.
By applying the federal RFS-2 RIN credits, the program effectively overcomes the relatively high cost of biomethane as compared with conventional natural gas, Grimes told F&F.
‘Among the Cleanest’
“Renewable natural gas is among the cleanest transportation fuels available on the market today,” U.S. Energy Services strategic initiative VP Casey Whelan says in the Drivegreen release.
“By partnering with DriveGreen, we are able to support the production of a fuel that significantly reduces carbon emissions compared to diesel and gasoline,” Whelan said.
According to Grimes, the biomethane for Waste Management is now supplied by three wells at a major landfill, with at least two new landfill facilities expected to come on line soon.
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Source: DriveGreen LLC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up