RNG Energy Solutions’s proposed $120M plant stirs up mixed reviews

September 9, 2018 |

In Pennsylvania, RNG Energy Solution’s proposed $120 million trash to biogas plant on 22 acres at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery complex in South Philadelphia is getting mixed reviews from the local community. The plant would turn 1,100 tons of commercial food waste from the Philadelphia region that otherwise would be burned or sent to landfills into 22,000 to 24,000 gallons (3,000 dekatherms) of renewable natural gas daily, using anaerobic digesters, according to PlanPhilly.

RNG Energy president James Potter told PlanPhilly “the agreement isn’t a Philadelphia Energy Solutions investment or even a partnership: RNG Energy will enter into a long-term site lease with PES, and the refinery will pay for the biogas plant’s total renewable natural-gas production.” Further details of the contracts were not revealed.

Clean-air advocates, environmental activists, and city officials contacted by PlanPhilly said they needed more information about the potential environmental impact of the Point Breeze Renewable Energy facility before making judgments.

RNG Energy still needs to raise the $120 million needed to complete the project and get several federal, state and city permits.

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