SPOKANE, Wash., April 11, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Avista recently signed an agreement with Pine Creek RNG to purchase renewable natural gas (RNG) to be produced from projects in Richland, Wash. and Waterloo, Iowa.
In October 2022, Avista released a request for proposal (RFP) to secure RNG resources for its customers over the long term. RNG is derived from organic waste streams that would otherwise release methane to the environment as they decompose. These sources include, for example, landfills, wastewater treatment plants and food waste. RNG is produced by capturing that methane that would otherwise escape to the atmosphere and purifying it to make it very similar to conventional natural gas.
Some of Pine Creek’s projects include the Horn Rapids Landfill owned by the City of Richland and Lamb Weston’s potato processing plant in Richland. Construction is expected to be complete in both projects by the end of 2023 and produce 2.5 million therms of RNG annually, which is equivalent to the natural gas used by approximately 4,173 Washington homes each year. In early 2024, a project at the Black Hawk County Landfill in Waterloo, Iowa is expected to begin producing 2.6 million therms annually.
“These RNG projects help Avista meet our aspirational goals to reduce natural gas emissions 30% by 2030 and to be carbon neutral in our natural gas operations by 2045,” said Jason Thackston, Avista’s chief strategy and clean energy officer. “Additionally, legislative changes have laid the groundwork for utilities, such as Avista, to enter the RNG market as developers, long-term buyers and long-term partners to help grow and mature the RNG market in North America.”
“Pine Creek is pleased to be working with Avista who has done an excellent job placing themselves at the forefront of the transition to renewable natural gas,” said Kevin Orchard, Pine Creek’s vice president of development. “These are exciting projects for Pine Creek and will provide meaningful contribution towards Avista’s climate goals while also benefiting all involved and creating a positive impact on the environment.”
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