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Vision RNG hosts official opening of Eagle Ridge Landfill LFG-to-RNG plant

Vision RNG hosts official opening of Eagle Ridge Landfill LFG-to-RNG plant
The grand opening of the State of Missouri's first landfill gas to renewable natural gas plant was held on October 12, 2023, with officials from Vision RNG, LLC and Meridian Waste Acquisitions, LLC at the Meridian Eagle Ridge Landfill in Bowling Green (photo courtesy VRNG).

In the United States (US), Vision RNG LLC (VRNG) and Meridian Waste Acquisitions, LLC (Meridian Waste) have recently celebrated the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the State of Missouri’s first Landfill Gas (LFG) to Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) plant at Meridian’s Eagle Ridge Landfill in Bowling Green, Missouri (MO).

According to a statement, this marks the efforts of the VRNG-Meridian Waste partnership over the past 18 months to reach this significant milestone.

Few consider garbage a resource. However, here at Meridian Waste, we believe in taking a less wasteful approach to garbage. We are honored to be Vision RNG’s first operating clean energy project through this state-of-the-art landfill gas to renewable natural gas plant behind me and to have U.S. Energy deliver the environmentally beneficial fuel to multiple users to power their infrastructure needs, said Mary O’Brien, Meridian Waste’s Chief Marketing Officer at the ribbon-cutting event that was held on October 12, 2023, at the Eagle Ridge Landfill.

The plant takes landfill gas (LFG) from the Eagle Ridge Landfill, which would be otherwise flared, and converts it to a renewable energy resource. The renewable natural gas (RNG) is delivered to a nearby Panhandle Eastern pipeline and sold to energy company US Energy for distribution to its customers.

I couldn’t be prouder of the VRNG team that worked tirelessly over the last several months to make this plant a reality. We especially want to recognize our partners at Meridian Waste and our off-take partner U.S. Energy. This is the first of more than a dozen such plants VRNG will be constructing and bringing online over the next 18-24 months, including two more with our partners at Meridian Waste, said Bill Johnson, CEO of VRNG.

Energy and environmental benefits

Conversion of LFG to RNG is one of just a few processes that offer significant energy and environmental benefits at the same time.

LFG is composed of 50 percent methane (CH4) and about 45 percent carbon dioxide (CO2).

The methane component offers significant renewable energy benefits while controlling and using the methane and carbon dioxide offer significant environmental benefits as both are significant greenhouse contributors.

The plant processes about 1,500 standard cubic feet per minute of raw LFG and produces about 350,000 MMbtu per year of RNG.

This is equivalent to producing 3,070,175 (US) gallons (≈ 11.62 million litres) of gasoline.

The RNG can be used in a variety of energy and environmentally beneficial ways including:

  • Use as a transportation fuel in compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered vehicles and other sustainable fuel uses;
  • Use by industrial and other commercial companies as a substitute for natural gas;
  • Use by customers to generate renewable electricity;
  • Use by customers to reduce their carbon footprint to meet sustainability goals.

Not only does this partnership mark our first RNG offtake agreement in Missouri, but the first landfill gas to RNG project in the state. We’re seeing increased demand for RNG from the transportation and voluntary markets. The industry needs more projects like this to come online in new regions to help meet market demand. We commend Vision RNG and Meridian Waste on their investment in this LFG to RNG plant and are honored to have been selected as the gas offtake partner, said Bryan Nudelbacher, VP of Business Development—RNG at U.S. Energy.

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