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Enbridge agrees to purchase RNG from Vanguard Renewables

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Enbridge will purchase upwards of 2 billion cubic feet of RNG annually from Vanguard Renewables’ anaerobic digesters, under a new partnership.

The RNG will come from digesters that Vanguard will invest $200 million (€147 million) to build in the US northeast, southeast and midwest.

Enbridge will invest approximately $100 million (€73 million) in RNG upgrading equipment to convert the farm derived RNG into pipeline quality RNG and provide transportation and marketing services to market the gas to US customers.

Renewable energy produced under the partnership is expected to displace around 110,000 tonnes of CO2e emissions annually – equivalent to taking nearly 25,000 fossil-fuel powered cars off the road.

“We are proud to work with Enbridge to accelerate the development of transformational renewable energy projects on a nationwide scale and help combat climate change,” said John Hanselman, founder and CEO of Vanguard.

“Our deep relationships with leading food manufacturers and retailers through the Farm Powered Strategic Alliance enable us to convert food waste that is otherwise detrimental to our environment into a climate-friendly tool to help reduce the carbon footprint of our customers.

“Our partnership with a company the calibre and scale of Enbridge enables the seamless transmission of the RNG from our farm network to these ESG-conscious participants that are using RNG to decarbonise their thermal energy needs.”

The Farm Powered Strategic Alliance was launched in December 2020 alongside food industry leaders Dairy Farmers of America, Unilever, and Starbucks. The Alliance is committed to developing a circular solution for food waste reduction, recycling and the decarbonisation of the manufacturing and supply chain.”

Bill Yardley, executive vice-president and president of gas transmission and midstream at Enbridge, commented: “As a leader in the energy transition, Enbridge is committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and to partnering with industry leader Vanguard Renewables, which is developing new sources of clean energy and helping companies reduce their emissions.

“This partnership is a great example of how we’re advancing low-carbon energies across our natural gas systems.”