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Start up of Florida’s first landfill gas to RNG facility

Start up of Florida’s first landfill gas to RNG facility
Located in Raiford, Florida (FL), the New River Regional Landfill is the first in the state to capture and upgrade landfill gas (LFG) to renewable natural gas (RNG) and inject it into a pipeline for distribution (photo courtesy NRSWA).

In the United States (US), OPAL Fuels Inc. (OPAL), a leading vertically integrated producer and distributor of renewable natural gas (RNG), has announced Florida’s first landfill gas (LFG) to renewable natural gas (RNG) facility at the New River Solid Waste Association (NRSWA) municipal solid waste landfill has successfully completed its ramp-up.

Located in Raiford, Florida (FL), the New River Regional Landfill facility captures landfill gas (LFG) from the decomposition of organic material at the landfill and refines it into renewable natural gas (RNG), a usable low-carbon fuel.

RNG is a “right-now solution” to the “right now problem” of climate change and is one of the most attractive sources of renewable energy – capturing extremely damaging greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and using it to replace fossil fuels, such as diesel.

RNG for transportation

The RNG will be used to feed OPAL Fuels transportation customers at the company’s fueling stations via the Peoples Gas distribution system.

Peoples Gas System is Florida’s largest natural gas distribution utility, serving more than 445 000 homes and businesses across the state.

Through our vertical integration model, from production through distribution, OPAL Fuels is committed to providing our customers with cost-effective, reliable transportation fuel that results in zero Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions, said Adam Comora, Co-CEO of OPAL Fuels.

A first in Florida

The NRSWA municipal solid waste landfill is a publicly owned waste facility formed as an association of three member Florida counties: Baker, Bradford, and Union Counties.

The association also accepts contracted waste from out-of-region locations.

NRSWA is excited about partnering with OPAL Fuels on this important and industry-leading project. This is the first project in Florida to convert gas from a municipal solid waste landfill to RNG and we are happy we have been able to lead the way. New River has always worked to manage solid waste in a sustainable way and to be good stewards of the environment. This project is one more step toward New River becoming a fully sustainable solid waste treatment facility, said Perry Kent, Executive Director, NRSWA.

Local emissions reduction

The New River RNG facility has a nameplate capacity of 2 500 SCFM of LFG, which when processed would result in the production of approximately 5 million gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) per year of RNG.

Additionally, the process of refining and upgrading the LFG to RNG results in significant reductions in local emissions, including approximate decreases of 95 percent in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, 90 percent in nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, 90 percent in carbon monoxide (CO) emissions, and 98 percent in sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions.

We are pleased to partner with local stakeholders across Florida and to have brought the state its first RNG project. Working together with NRSWA, this facility produces new revenue streams, new jobs for the county, and provides cost savings for our customers – enabling companies to achieve net zero now at a discount. It also reduces greenhouse gas emissions locally and for the planet. This is a win for everyone, Adam Comora said.

Through investments in people, technology, infrastructure, and environmentally focused innovations, Peoples Gas is committed to fueling Florida’s clean energy future responsibly and sustainably.

Peoples Gas is a subsidiary of Emera Inc., a geographically diverse energy and services company headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia (NS), Canada.

Peoples Gas is invested in diverse energy solutions to serve the growing needs of Floridians. By collaborating with OPAL Fuels, we are enabling access to RNG, and we are providing a clean pathway to a meaningful reduction in greenhouse gas emissions for the state, said Lew Rutkin, VP of Business Development for Peoples Gas.

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