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First RNG plant in Lightning Renewables JV comes online

First RNG plant in Lightning Renewables JV comes online
Landfill gas (LFG) collection and extraction pipework (photo courtesy Republic Services).

In the United States (US), Archaea Energy, a subsidiary of bp, and compatriot environmental services company Republic Services Inc., celebrate the first renewable natural gas (RNG) plant in the duo's Lightning Renewables joint venture (JV).

The Archaea Modular Design (AMD) plant at Republic’s National Serv-All Landfill in Fort Wayne, Indiana (IN), is the first of approximately 40 landfill gas-to-RNG projects targeted by the Lightning Renewables JV and is scheduled to come online this summer.

Republic Services is investing in sustainability innovation to provide decarbonization solutions for our customers, and our Lightning Renewables partnership with Archaea Energy is a prime example. We’re proud to celebrate the first of the approximately 40 RNG projects in the Lightning Renewables portfolio. Together, we’re helping create a more sustainable worldsaid Jon Vander Ark, President and CEO of Republic Services.

Standardized modular design

Traditionally, RNG plants have been custom-built, but AMD allows plants to be built on skids with interchangeable components.

Using a standardized modular design leads to faster builds than previous industry standards.

From the start, our focus has been opening plants safely and reliably, and demonstrating progress and growth. Continuing to build momentum with the Lightning Renewables JV, the Fort Wayne plant is just the beginning of our incredible partnership with Republic Services to capture landfill emissions and provide customers with lower-emission, lower-carbon fuel, said Starlee Sykes, CEO of Archaea Energy.

Largest RNG producer

The Fort Wayne AMD plant will convert landfill gas (LFG), a natural byproduct of the decomposition of waste, collected from Republic Services’ landfill into RNG, the use of which can lead to local air quality benefits and an increase and diversity of domestic energy production, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Once fully operational, the Fort Wayne plant is expected to process up to 6,400 scfm into RNG – enough gas to heat more than 25,000 homes annually, according to the EPA’s Landfill Gas Energy Benefits Calculator.

With the 2022 acquisition of Archaea, bp is now the largest RNG producer in the US, enhancing its ability to support customers’ decarbonization goals and progressing its aim to reduce the average lifecycle carbon intensity of the energy products it sells.

The Lightning Renewables JV portfolio supports Archaea’s intended growth to greater than 50 million mmbtus per year by 2030. It directly supports Republic Services’ long-term sustainability goal to reuse 50 percent more biogas by 2030 beneficially.

The JV’s portfolio of projects will bring Republic’s total landfill gas-to-energy portfolio to more than 100.

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