Renewable Natural Gas Partnership

Enbridge, Vanguard Renewable Announce 2Bcf RNG Partnership

OAKHURST, N.J. (DTN) -- Vanguard Renewables and Enbridge Inc. on Tuesday announced a partnership whereby Enbridge will purchase upward of 2 billion cubic feet of renewable natural gas annually from the anaerobic digesters that Vanguard Renewables will invest $200 million to build in the U.S. Northeast, Southeast and Midwest.

Enbridge will invest approximately $100 million in RNG upgrading equipment to convert the farm-derived RNG into pipeline-quality renewable natural gas and provide transportation and marketing services to market that gas to U.S. customers.

Vanguard builds, owns and operates the farm-based anaerobic digestion facilities that sequester the methane from food waste and manure, produce clean energy and low-carbon organic fertilizer, and support regenerative agriculture by returning the food nutrients back to the soil. Host farmers receive cost savings and a new income stream while remaining focused on farm operations as Vanguard professionally develops and operates the on-farm RNG facilities. In December 2020, Vanguard launched the Farm Powered Strategic Alliance alongside food industry leaders Dairy Farmers of America, Unilever and Starbucks. The Alliance is committed to developing a circular solution for food waste reduction, recycling and decarbonization of the manufacturing and supply chain.

The partnership is another step toward Vanguard's goal to create a nationwide solution for sequestering methane by diverting food waste from landfills and incinerators to its network of farm-based anaerobic digesters. By capturing methane and converting it into RNG, Enbridge and Vanguard expect to produce enough renewable energy to annually displace approximately 110,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions.