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Brightmark, Chevron announce first RNG at Lawnhurst Farms

In the United States (US), Brightmark RNG Holdings LLC – a joint venture partnership between Chevron U.S.A. Inc., a subsidiary of Chevron Corporation, one of the world’s largest integrated energy companies, and Brightmark Fund Holdings LLC, a subsidiary of global waste solutions provider Brightmark LLC, – has recently delivered its first gas at its Lawnhurst site in Stanley, Western New York (NY).

Commissioned in the latter half of 2013, the Lawnhurst Farms award-winning biogas plant was originally built by Germany-headed EnviTec Biogas, its first plant in the US. The plant which provided heat and power to the farm was awarded the American Biogas Council’s (ABC) “Biogas Project of the Year 2014” (photo courtesy EnviTec).

Achieving first gas at Lawnhurst Farms is a tremendous milestone not only for the Lawnhurst Project but also for Brightmark’s RNG production ambitions as a whole. It marks a major step as we continue to prove the economic viability and notable lower-carbon benefits of partnering with Chevron and our country’s essential farmers to help reduce carbon emissions, said Bob Powell, Founder, and CEO of Brightmark.

The previously announced partnership owns project companies across the United States to produce and market dairy biomethane, aka renewable natural gas (RNG).

Chevron and Brightmark are teaming to capture methane from dairy operations across the country so we can repurpose it into transportation fuel considered by California to be carbon negative on a lifecycle basis. First gas at the Lawnhurst site is the first of many milestones we expect in our partnership with Brightmark, supporting our commitment to meet customers’ growing demand for renewable products, said Andy Walz, President of Chevron’s Americas Fuels & Lubricants.

Lawnhurst Farm is one of three farm partners in Western New York involved in the Helios Project. Each has signed supply agreements with Brightmark indicating their intent to provide the company with dairy manure from their herds that will serve as feedstock for the three existing anaerobic digesters on the farms.

We are proud to partner with Brightmark to further reduce our impact and to ensure that we continue to be good neighbors to our local community by using a digester to capture and convert methane for beneficial use as renewable natural gas. By partnering with Brightmark, we are able to turn our manure waste into a valuable resource for our farm and our community, said Don Jensen of Lawnhurst Farms.

The digesters are designed to capture, extract, and clean the methane in the manure, then convert it into renewable natural gas – when all three digesters are online, they are expected to produce almost 187 000 MMBtu per year.

New York has long been an engine for innovation that lifts up every resident of our expansive and diverse state. Brightmark’s milestone will deliver significant benefits to our citizens and farmers of Western New York while serving as a model for the positive confluence of modern technology and agriculture right in our own backyard, said Congressman Tom Reed.

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