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Anaergia commissions wastewater RNG plant in California

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Anaergia’s subsidiary, SoCal Biomethane, has commissioned operations at the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority (VVWRA) in California.

The facility in Victorville is the first wastewater treatment plant in California to inject RNG made from wastewater solids and food waste into a utility pipeline.

SoCal Biomethane upgraded VVWRA’s existing wastewater treatment plant, retrofitting existing anaerobic digesters with Anaergia’s high-throughput, high-efficiency Omnivore technology and Anaergie’s biogas conditioning and upgrading technology package that produces pipeline-quality RNG.

These additional technologies allow the facility to not only process wastewater but also take in food waste collected by the region’s waste hauliers. The plant will be able to produce and inject up to 320,000 MMBtu of RNG into the region’s gas utility pipeline annually.

“Under Senate Bill 1383, every California municipality must now find a way to reduce food waste and other organic waste going into landfills,” said Andrew Benedek, chairman and CEO of Anaergia.

“Anaergia offers a unique set of technologies that convert existing infrastructure at wastewater treatment plants into highly efficient systems capable of treating both wastewater residual solids as well as food waste.

“In this way, existing infrastructure can be extended to serve new California requirements in a very efficient way. The net result is beneficial to all concerned, as it lowers the cost of operating a wastewater plant, helps the municipality meet the organic waste disposal requirements, and helps our planet by creating carbon-negative fuel.

“Our partnership with VVWRA is an example for the entire state on how to solve the current requirements efficiently.”

Richard Corey, executive officer of the California Air Resources Board, commented: “The RNG being created here will be used as a carbon-negative transportation fuel to displace petroleum and help California achieve its clean air and climate goals while supporting California clean tech jobs.”

Anaergia delivered this project as a public-private-partnership building this state-of-the-art infrastructure with financing partners North Sky Capital and Live Oak Bank, construction partner W.M. Lyles, and gas utility partner Southwest Gas.