Bioenergy DevCo (BDC), a leading developer of anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities and Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (CPK), a New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)-listed diversified energy company, will collaborate on a joint project that extracts excess organic matter from poultry industry waste and convert it into renewable natural gas (RNG).
The plan is for BDC, CPK and many of its affiliates to collaborate on the project alongside several other project sites, where organic waste can be converted into a carbon-negative energy source.
Resources generated from organic material at BDC’s facilities in Delaware will be processed by CPK, while its affiliates; Eastern Shore Natural gas and Marlin Gas Services, will be handling transport and receipt of RNG for multiple suppliers. Marlin Gas will transport the fuel to Eastern Shore and Chesapeake Utilities’ interstate pipeline, where it will be introduced to CPK’s distribution system and distributed to customers.
Shawn Kreloff, CEO of BDC, said: “CPK, by working together with municipalities and the food industry, understands that digesting organics is a solution that creates a sustainable, environmentally friendly supply of RNG, while also helping to solve major waste management problems”.
“Recent estimates have shown that turning agricultural waste and excess organics from the poultry industry into truly renewable natural gas could replace seven billion gallons of diesel fuel and generate 70,000 new jobs. Companies that embrace utility-scale AD, like CPK, are at the forefront of a revolution in waste and energy structure innovation.”
Jeff Householder, president and CEO of CPK said “We see this partnership with BDC as the next important step in our commitment to operating with a focus on the environment and sustainability. By utilising the RNG derived from processing excess poultry industry organics in the Delmarva region and transforming that into a carbon-negative energy source, we can help fuel homes and businesses throughout the community while supporting a more sustainable future”.
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