New Biogas-to-RNG Plant in Iowa to Serve Transportation Industry


GAIN Clean Fuel and BioResource Development (BRD) have announced the start-up of a renewable natural gas (RNG) production facility located at Water and Resource Recovery Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

The facility will transform biomethane produced at the wastewater treatment plant into RNG for the transportation fuels market. BRD developed the project and implemented the technology to process and clean up biogases that will then be injected into the Black Hills Energy natural gas distribution system. GAIN Clean Fuel will direct and manage all downstream activities related to providing its customers with an environmentally safe renewable energy source.

“GAIN is working with landfills, wastewater treatment plants and dairies in various capacities, such as gas off-take, fixed-price offers and equity investments,” says Mike Koel, president of GAIN Clean Fuel/U.S. Gain, a division of U.S. Venture Inc. “This project not only improves the air quality in the city, but it enables the city to use their own resources for profit and strengthen their focus on sustainability.”

The city’s wastewater treatment plant will produce enough RNG to fuel about 35 Class 8 trucks daily.

“We are proud to invest in this type of venture to help the City of Dubuque advance their sustainability initiatives, and we’re thrilled to work with U.S. Gain on our second project together,” notes Greg MacLean, president of BRD.

“Dubuque’s vision of sustainability is one of economic prosperity, environmental integrity, and social and cultural vibrancy,” says Dubuque Mayor Roy D. Buol. “This project results in new revenue to the city, the reuse of waste and progress in cleaner air. It’s a ‘win-win-win.'”

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Alex DePillis
Alex DePillis
5 years ago

Just a one-off, or something with real potential to happen more?

Without any details, it’s hard to know even that this project does. How much fuel? What did the project cost? What does the fuel cost? Etc.

I guess I was hoping this web site about transportation would do more than post press releases.

Alex DePillis
Alex DePillis
5 years ago
Reply to  Alex DePillis

should read “it’s hard to know even *what* this project does.”