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Brightmark RNG to build AD project at California ranch

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Brightmark RNG has announced plans to construct an anaerobic digestion (AD) project at Vlot Calf Ranch in Chowchilla, California.

The Vlot AD project will capture, clean and convert methane from manure that would otherwise escape into the atmosphere on the ranch and dairy farm into RNG. When used in the transportation sector, RNG from dairy operations has a negative carbon intensity on a lifecycle basis under California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard.

The project marks the first RNG project in California for Brightmark RNG, a joint venture partnership between Chevron U.S.A. and Brightmark Fund Holdings.

“The Vlot project represents a major milestone for Brightmark and its RNG production efforts,” said Bob Powell, founder and CEO of Brightmark.

“Being able to partner with Chevron and the Vlot Calf Ranch on our largest RNG project to date and the first project in our home state of California represents a particular point of pride for our company and efforts.”

Andy Walz, Chevron’s president of Americas Fuels & Lubricants, commented: “As a California company, Chevron has provided the state’s residents with affordable, reliable energy for more than 140 years.

“Developing and delivering RNG with Brightmark and the Vlot Calf Ranch, once completed, demonstrates our commitment to working across critical sectors of the state’s economy to increase the supply of fuels with a lower lifecycle carbon intensity.”

Case Vlot of Vlot Calf Ranch noted sustainability and agriculture go hand-in-hand, “one cannot exist without the other”.

“As farmers and livestock owners, we take pride in caring for our land and environment because we know that when we do that, it will in turn, take care of us and our animals,” said Vlot.

“It is what farmers, ranchers and dairy farmers do. Innovation in agriculture is constant and ever-changing. This digester is another step in providing environmental benefits to our farm and surroundings. In this case, it’s utilising the manure from our cattle in an anaerobic digester that will help generate those benefits to continue our legacy in sustainability. We are looking forward to seeing this project completed.”

The Vlot project is expected to be completed in 2023.