Maryland utility BGE gains approval for RNG use

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) is the first utility in Maryland to gain regulatory approval for the use of RNG in its gas distribution system.

Approval of BGE’s RNG tariff from the Maryland Public Service Commission comes as Maryland’s first RNG plant, owned and operated by Bioenergy Devco, nears completion in Howard County.

Bioenergy DevCo’s food waste-to-RNG plant is expected to produce gas in the first quarter of 2022 and will generate enough gas to power the equivalent of 5,000 homes annually.

“Our new RNG tariff and this first RNG project in Maryland jump-start a new industry in Maryland, contributing to economic growth, managing waste streams, and bringing a cleaner, renewable energy source to our community,” said BGE’s senior vice president of governmental and external affairs, Rodney Oddoye.

“We appreciate the partnership with the Governor’s office, our regulators, and Bioenergy DevCo to create this path between RNG producers and our customers and also support customer demand for renewable energy products.”

Shawn Kreloff, CEO of Bioenergy DevCo, commented: “We are proud to support BGE’s efforts to bring RNG to Maryland’s grid by leveraging our new anaerobic digester in Jessup to turn food waste into a carbon-neutral, green fuel alternative.

“The Public Service Commission’s approval paves the path for future RNG projects in the state, and we look forward to producing the state’s first source of RNG in the coming months. It is an honour to participate in this big step for Maryland as a national sustainability leader.”

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