DOE Announces $25.5M In Funding for Biomass and Waste-Based Resource Utilization
The U.S. Department of Energy announced $25.5 million in funding to enable use of domestic biomass and waste resources, such as agricultural residues and algae, to produce low-carbon biofuels and bioproducts. This funding will advance the Biden-Harris administration goals of delivering an equitable, clean energy future, and put the United States on a path to achieve net-zero emissions, economy-wide, by 2050. The concept paper is due by 5:00 pm ET on March 20, 2023, and full applications are due by 5:00 pm ET on May 16, 2023. For more information, click here.
EPA Anaerobic Digestion Grants Awarded In California
The U.S. EPA awarded grants to Monterey One Water and the Yurok Tribe in California to divert food waste from landfills by expanding anaerobic digester (AD) capacity. Monterey One Water, located in Monterey, is using its $169,000 grant to evaluate the conversion of anaerobic digesters at its wastewater treatment facility to codigest biosolids with food and other organic wastes. The Yurok Tribe in Klamath is using its $200,000 grant to divert food waste generated on and near the Yurok Indian Reservation from a landfill by establishing a pilot AD facility and using digestate and biogas for food production at the Klamath Food Village. For more information, click here.
CIP Acquires Envo Biogas from Anaergia
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) has acquired biogas project Envio Biogas in Tønder, Denmark, from Anaergia. CIP aims to develop and construct projects across Europe and North America that produce green gas and green fuels from organic waste. Once commissioned, the full capacity of the plant could potentially convert approximately 900,000 tons of agricultural and industrial organic waste into 1.4 million MMBtu (40 million Nm3) of renewable natural gas annually. For more information, click here.
WTE Facility in Long Beach, California, Will Remain Open Into 2024 Following Covanta Contract Update
Covanta recently assumed new financial obligations for the publicly-owned Southeast Resource Recovery Facility (SERRF) in Long Beach, California, to avoid its imminent closure. Feedstock volumes dropped from an estimated 42,500 tons in December 2022 to 26,800 tons in January 2023 due to the passage of AB 1857 (Garcia, 2022) which removed diversion credits for jurisdictions using the facility. Long Beach has contracted with HDR Engineering to assess further opportunities for the SERRF site and will soon be releasing a request for proposals about organics processing systems to help comply with state requirements under SB 1383 (Lara, 2016). For more information, click here.