NW Natural commences operation of second RNG facility
The facility, which is located in Dakota City, Nebraska in the US, is receiving investment of approximately $12 million (€10.8m) from NW Natural to convert methane captured from the facility into RNG to heat homes and businesses.
The first project began at Tyson’s Lexington, Nebraska operations in January 2022.
At full capacity, the two projects combined are expected to produce about 240,000 MMBtu of RNG each year – enough RNG to provide heat for more than 5,400 homes annually, according to the company.
“Each project like this contributes meaningful carbon reductions on behalf of our customers and moves us toward achieving our shared climate goals,” said David H. Anderson, NW Natural president and CEO. “We’re aggressively pursuing additional opportunities, so we can increase our use of renewables over time.”
NW Natural is working toward procuring RNG equivalent to 5% of its Oregon sales volume in 2024 and 6% in 2025 as part of the company’s voluntary targets.
These investments are made possible through the landmark RNG law, Oregon Senate Bill 98, which supports renewable energy procurement and investment by natural gas utilities.
Partners for these projects include BioCarbN, an Idaho-based developer and operator of renewable energy projects and Miron Construction Co., a Wisconsin-based design-build and construction company.
These projects are also made possible through pipeline interconnections with local gas distribution systems — MidAmerican Energy in Dakota City, and Black Hills Energy in Lexington.