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ONE Gas and Vanguard Renewables partner to develop farm-based RNG

In the United States (US), gas utility ONE Gas Inc (OGS) and Vanguard Renewables have announced a renewable natural gas (RNG) initiative designed to develop and expand farm-based RNG projects across Kansas (KS), Oklahoma (OK), and Texas (TX). This will be Vanguard Renewables’ first mid- continent alliance with a local natural gas distribution company that is committed to innovating its clean energy fuel mix through RNG.

A Vanguard Renewables biogas plant on a Massachusetts (MA) farm (photo courtesy Vanguard Renewables).

The joint effort delivers a sustainable, renewable energy option for ONE Gas customers to reduce emissions and achieve environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals.

We are excited to partner with Vanguard Renewables to provide more sustainable and carbon-neutral energy solutions for our communities and customers. RNG is a vital part of a sustainable energy future as it provides a reliable path to reduce emissions. We are actively participating in the research, development and deployment of new emissions mitigation, delivery and end-use technologies that helps both our company and our customers have a positive impact on the environment, said Jason Ketchum, VP of Commercial Activities for ONE Gas.

RNG projects capture methane from organic materials like food waste and animal manure, redirecting it away from the environment and removing harmful contaminants from the atmosphere.

Vanguard Renewables’ network of farm-based anaerobic digesters across the US offers a circular solution to food waste recycling and decarbonization while supporting the American farmer.

Our Farm Powered program provides a circular solution diverting greenhouse gas-producing food waste from landfills and incineration and recycling it into renewable energy and low carbon fertilizer using farm-based anaerobic digestion. The ONE Gas alliance will help us further expand our national network of anaerobic digesters, which will benefit the environment, farm owners, customers, and the food industry, said John Hanselman, Co-Founder, and CEO for Vanguard Renewables.

According to an American Gas Foundation study, prepared by ICF International, RNG could lead to a 95 percent reduction in natural gas emissions from the residential sector and dramatically lower emissions from the agricultural sector by 2040.

Our relationship with ONE Gas can lead to increased RNG availability across Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and beyond as we hope this is the first of many similar relationships with natural gas distribution companies across the United States, said John Hanselman.

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