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Florida Leads the Way to Sustainability with Landfill Gas to RNG Facility
Florida Leads the Way to Sustainability with Landfill Gas to RNG Facility

Florida Leads the Way to Sustainability with Landfill Gas to RNG Facility

  • 06-Jan-2023 6:54 PM
  • Journalist: Shiba Teramoto

The New River Solid Waste Association's RNG facility in Raiford, FL is revolutionizing the renewable energy sector. It captures naturally occurring biogas from decomposition of organic material at the landfill and refines it into RNG, a useful low-carbon fuel. By replacing fossil fuels such as diesel with RNG, not only are greenhouse gas emissions drastically reduced, but we’re also getting one step closer to solving the problem of climate change. It's a right now solution to a right now problem.

OPAL Fuels, in collaboration with the New River Solid Waste Association (NRSWA), has successfully completed the ramp-up period of Florida’s first RNG facility. Located in Raiford, this facility uses landfill gas to produce RNG, a low-carbon fuel that can be used to replace harmful fossil fuels like diesel. The renewable energy source not only provides cost savings and new jobs for the local county but also reduces greenhouse gases on both a local and global level. With this project, Adam Comora, Co-CEO of OPAL Fuels, has shown that it is now possible to move towards net zero emissions at an affordable price.

The RNG facility in Raiford, Florida is making strides towards a greener future. With its nameplate capacity of 2,500 SCFM of landfill gas, it produces approximately 5 million GGE per year of RNG suitable for transportation fuel to displace diesel. And the process of refining biogas leads to significant reductions in local emissions - approximating 95% cuts in CO2, 90% in NOx, 90% in CO and 98% SOx - while helping to achieve zero Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions from more than 380 heavy-duty trucks. By accepting waste from outside its region, the NRSWA municipal solid waste landfill is also contributing to greater sustainability initiatives locally and across the state.

NRSWA is proud to join forces with OPAL Fuels to convert gas from municipal solid waste landfills into RNG, making it the first such project in Florida. According to Executive Director Perry Kent, this is a great way to become more sustainable and environmentally conscious. The project is a major step forward in New River’s mission of becoming a fully sustainable solid waste treatment facility.

Peoples Gas is determined to provide clean energy solutions to Florida's residents and businesses in a sustainable way. As part of Emera Inc., they are able to invest in people, technology and infrastructure that promote a greener future. In collaboration with OPAL Fuels, access to RNG is being made available with the aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Lew Rutkin, Vice President of Business Development for Peoples Gas recognizes the importance of this endeavor and believes it will lead to meaningful change.

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