US-based energy utility Avista Utilities, an operating division of Avista Corporation has announced that it has recently signed an agreement with Pine Creek RNG LLC to purchase renewable natural gas (RNG) to be produced at the Bayview Landfill in Elberta, Utah (UT).
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RNG aka biomethane is derived from organic waste streams that would otherwise release methane to the environment as they decompose. These sources include, for example, landfills, wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs), and food waste.
The Bayview Landfill project is expected to begin production in early 2024 with an expected output of 1.6 million therms annually.
Avista has contracted with other Pine Creek projects including the Horn Rapids Landfill owned by the City of Richland and Lamb Weston’s potato processing plant in Richland, Washington (WA).
Construction is expected to be complete in both projects by the end of 2023 and produce 2.5 million therms of RNG annually.
Avista has also contracted with Pine Creek’s project at the Black Hawk County Landfill in Waterloo, Iowa (IA), which is expected to begin production in early 2024 and produce 2.6 million therms annually.
Pine Creek is pleased to expand our relationship with Avista, who has been an excellent offtake partner on multiple projects. This latest announcement reflects the continuation of our cooperative and mutually beneficial relationship with Avista. We’re looking forward to additional opportunities to support Avista’s climate goals and expansion into the RNG market, said Kevin Orchard, VP of Development at Pine Creek.
The total output of the four Pine Creek projects contracted with Avista is an expected 6.7 million therms annually, which is equivalent to the natural gas used by approximately 12 000 Oregon homes.
These RNG projects help Avista meet our aspirational goals to reduce natural gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030 and to be carbon neutral in our natural gas operations by 2045. Additionally, legislative changes have laid the groundwork for utilities, such as Avista, to enter the RNG market as developers, long-term buyers, and long-term partners to help grow and mature the RNG market in North America, said Jason Thackston, Chief Strategy and Clean Energy Officer at Avista.