With the addition of eight new members in September and October, the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) now represents more than 150 member companies and organizations.
The RNG Coalition – a trade association representing the North American renewable natural gas (RNG) industry – began in July 2011 with seven members. At the time, there were just 31 operating RNG projects in North America. Today, there are 85 production facilities, with dozens more under construction or development, the group says.
“Through effectively coalescing the renewable natural gas industry in North America, we have created a credible advocacy voice that is globally respected and achieved state and federal policies that recognize the environmental and economic benefits of RNG,” says Johannes Escudero, CEO and co-founder of the coalition. “Working together, the RNG industry has built more production facilities in the last seven years than in the prior thirty years.”
“There is tremendous momentum in the movement to decarbonize North America’s natural gas supply through renewable natural gas,” notes David Cox, co-founder of the RNG Coalition.
The eight new members represent the broad value chain of the RNG industry. They include engineering and consulting firm Bartlett & West, law firm Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, Northeast Gas Association, and D.C. utility WGL.
“WGL is excited to work with the RNG Coalition and participate in the expanding growth of renewable natural gas to meet our corporate sustainability goals and respond to the increasing demand to reduce carbon emissions,” comments Adrian Chapman, president and CEO of WGL and Washington Gas. “We are excited to pursue RNG opportunities in our D.C.-area service territory through Washington Gas and nationally through WGL Energy. We welcome the economic and environmental benefits that RNG brings as part of our clean energy future.”
The RNG Coalition points out that significant growth in RNG production and adoption has also attracted international technology providers and manufacturers. New members include Germany-based EnviTec Biogas, Portugal-based SysAdvance and global company Ingevity.
The nonprofit New Jersey Clean Cities Coalition rounds out the new members, joining the nearly 20 U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored Clean Cities organizations across the country that partner with the RNG Coalition to help provide local education on RNG as a transportation fuel.