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Duke Energy invests in two landfill gas-to-RNG projects

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Duke Energy has invested in two projects to convert landfill gas into RNG in North Carolina.

The two projects, named Foothills Renewables and Upper Piedmont Renewables, will be located in Caldwell County and Person County, respectively.

Each project is expected to produce roughly 500,000 dekatherms (Dth) of RNG every year. The combined 1 million Dth is equivalent to the average natural gas usage of nearly 17,000 residential customers in North Carolina.

Both landfill projects are being developed by Evensol, which develops and acquires renewable fuels-based assets in the biomass, biogas and biofuels sectors. Energyneering Solutions, which specialises in the design, construction and operation of biogas utilisation projects, will build and operate the plants.

The landfill projects are already under construction and are expected to be operational in the fourth quarter of this year.

“We’re excited for the Foothills and Upper Piedmont projects to join our growing portfolio of RNG investments,” said Phillip Grigsby, Duke Energy’s senior vice president of ventures and business development.

“Duke Energy is committed to supporting sustainable energy solutions. Not only will these projects bring more RNG into the market, but they’ll also enhance sustainability in North Carolina, ultimately benefiting both the environment and energy customers.”

Evensol’s president and CEO, David Wentworth, commented: “We are very fortunate to have Duke Energy as our strategic partner in the development and ownership of these important North Carolina-based RNG facilities.

“Duke’s stated commitment to sustainability is clearly evidenced by its investment in these projects, which will create real environmental benefits for the citizens of North Carolina.”

While some of the RNG will be transported by infrastructure owned and operated by Duke Energy’s Piedmont Natural Gas unit, the RNG will be sold to third-party customers and not purchased or used by Duke Energy.