Nicor Gas’ renewable gas interconnection pilot received approval from the Illinois Commerce Commission on 8 July.
The pilot aims to encourage the development of RNG production facilities within Nicor Gas’ service territory and allows the firm to determine how RNG can be effectively integrated into its natural gas distribution system as a safe, reliable clean energy source for customers.
As part of the pilot, Nicor Gas will enable the interconnection of new RNG facilities. With an investment capped at $16 million (€13.5 million), the pilot marks the first time an Illinois gas utility has a tariff that allows its distribution system to interconnect renewable gas fuel production systems.
John O Hudson III, president and CEO of Nicor Gas, said: “Nicor Gas is committed to helping our communities thrive and to bettering our environment.
“This programme seeks to do that by bringing sustainable, clean RNG to the marketplace, while creating clean energy jobs and new revenue streams for Illinois businesses.
“We look forward to working with RNG producers and consumers during the pilot programme while helping our state lead in the progress toward a clean energy future.”
An Illinois economic impact study by EcoEngineers revealed that just one RNG project could create up to 229 part-time jobs during construction, 46 full-time jobs during operations and $478 million (€405 million) in total economic output over the 20-year project life.