U.S. Gain secures RNG offtake agreement with Holsum Dairies

U.S. Gain has secured a renewable natural gas (RNG) offtake agreement with Hilbert, Wisconsin-based Holsum Dairies.

RNG produced will be taken to U.S. Gain’s fleet customers in California, displacing nearly 900,000 gallons of gasoline.

Holsum Dairies is formed of two separate farms – Elm Dairy and Irish Dairy – with digesters that break down animal waste to create methane that is later converted into RNG. Raw digester gas from Irish Dairy is transported via pipeline to a central conditioning plant at Elm Dairy, where it is stripped of impurities to produce the RNG. Once this process is complete, the RNG is injected directly into the natural gas pipeline through an interconnected installed by Holsum Dairies.

Dr Bob Nagel, owner of Holsum Dairies, said: “RNG provides a beneficial diversification strategy for our business. Not only can we profit from continued utilisation of our digester, but also the valuable by-products as part of the process. We encourage other farms to explore the impact RNG production can have on their operations.”

U.S. Gain will take RNG from Holsum Dairies to fleets in California and Oregon that are seeking affordable emission reduction strategies in support of policy and sustainability goals. The company is also coordinating necessary compliance through the US Environmental Protection Agency, California Air Resources Board and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, to enable credit generation for the RNG dispensed.

“We’re thankful for the opportunity to partner with Holsum Dairies on this project,” said Hardy Sawall, U.S. Gain’s RNG director of business development. “Many farms have existing digesters and resources available to convert them to RNG production but need help with compliance and credit generation, which is a strength U.S. Gain brings to the table.

“Furthermore, we’re proud to bring more low-carbon fuel to the West Coast market, improving air quality for communities that need it most.”

U.S. Gain recently became the largest RNG supplier in Oregon, following supply agreements with Salem Area Mass Transit District, Gresham Sanitary, Heiberg Garbage and Recycling and Pride Disposal.

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