Wednesday, May 22
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Room 2322 Rayburn House Office Building
Independence Avenue SW and South Capitol Street SW
Free and open to the public
(wireless connection permitting)
The American Biogas Council
(ABC) and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute
(EESI) invite you to a briefing about the many benefits of renewable biogas. Biogas is produced from the decomposition of organic wastes (such as agriculture residues, manure, food wastes, and sewage) in the absence of oxygen. It can be refined into renewable natural gas, and used to power vehicles, heat homes, cook, or generate electricity—just like natural gas. Biogas is a powerful driver for economic growth, particularly in rural areas in need of economic opportunities. Biogas also lowers our greenhouse gas emissions, contributes to clean air and water, and improves soil health. It turns waste, which would be a problem if not used, into valuable resources.
Briefing attendees will learn about the potential biogas resources in their states, the economic and job opportunities they offer, and important policy drivers for this promising industry.
Speakers for this forum are:
- Bernie Sheff, Chairman, American Biogas Council; Vice President of Engineering, Montrose Environmental Group | @Montrose_Env
- Charles Love, Renewable Energy Acquisition, Love’s Travel Stops |@LovesTravelStop
- Clarke Pauley, Vice President, Organics & Bioenergy Division, CR&R Environmental Services
- Olga Brizhan, Executive Director, GESS International, Inc. |@GESSUS1
- Patrick Serfass, Executive Director, American Biogas Council |@ambiogascouncil
More than 140,000 Americans work in bioenergy, which includes biogas. There are more than 2,200 sites producing biogas today in all 50 states, and the potential is much greater: 13,500 additional dairy/swine farms, wastewater treatment plants, and landfill gas projects could be converted into biogas production facilities. Doing so would generate enough energy to power 7.5 million homes, reduce carbon emissions (as if 15.4 million cars were taken off the road), and create about 335,000 temporary construction jobs and 23,000 full-time operational positions. Our foreign competitors have taken the lead. In China, where biogas alone supports 209,000 workers, electricity generated from waste-to-energy has risen 300 percent in a decade, up to 4,100 MW. Europe has more than 10,000 operating digesters, which have helped make many of its communities fossil fuel free.
Biogas also has considerable environmental benefits. The United States produces more than 70 million tons of organic wastes per year, which threaten our air and water quality as well as public health. Biogas facilities can turn these wastes into resources, creating local jobs, improving air and water quality, and helping meet the policy goals espoused in both the Farm Bill and Renewable Fuel Standard.
Article Courtesy of the American Biogas Council