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The Power of Waste: Renewable Natural Gas in Colorado

(May 17, 2016) -

For more information please contact:

Janna West-Heiss
[email protected]

DENVER (May 19, 2016) – On May 19 in downtown Denver, journalists and bloggers are invited to attend and cover a daylong conference on further developing Colorado’s renewable natural gas (RNG) industry, “The Power of Waste:  Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) for Colorado.”  Speakers include former Colorado governor Bill Ritter, nationally known RNG experts, and leaders of RNG operations. Other participants include public and private sector leaders representing municipal and private fleets, landfills, dairy farms, wastewater facilities, and more.  The event is sponsored by the NGO Energy Vision and the Denver Metro Clean Cities Coalition.    

RNG is made from organic waste such as food and farm waste, refined to the same standard as fossil natural gas, and used in the same energy and transportation applications. But unlike fossil natural gas, it’s a renewable, ultra-low carbon fuel with far-reaching implications for the low-carbon energy future.  RNG can be carbon-neutral to net carbon-negative, so it doesn’t just emit less greenhouse gas than other fuels; it effectively removes GHG from the atmosphere.  In other words, making and using RNG can actually lower net atmospheric GHG compared to not making or using it.

Colorado is a leader in renewable energy development and set the nation’s first renewable portfolio standard in 2004.  With its extensive dairy industry and natural gas infrastructure, Colorado has also emerged as a leader in RNG development and is demonstrating its potential nationally.

Groundbreaking RNG operations at Weld County’s Heartland Biogas and Grand Junction’s Persigo Wastewater Treatment Plant were covered recently by National Public Radio, the PBS NewsHour and The Guardian. Colorado has an opportunity to replicate those successes across the state, and is also developing compressed natural gas public access stations that can deliver RNG as fuel for heavy vehicles. 

At the same time, as Energy Vision’s Joanna Underwood wrote in The Denver Post, with Colorado’s shale gas production declining, and fracking remaining contentious in the state, RNG is “a bright spot of potential consensus” and a creative use of Colorado’s natural gas infrastructure that fracktivists and the gas industry can agree on. 

The following experts and business leaders will speak at the conference and be available for interviews: 

The Hon. Bill Ritter, Jr., Director, Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University, and former Governor of Colorado.

Harrison Clay, President, Clean Energy, Renewables Division

David Cox, founder, Chief of Operations and General Counsel, Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas 

Jim Potter, President, AgEnergy USA, LLC and majority owner and project developer of Heartland Renewable Energy, LLC 

Dan Tonello, Manager, Persigo Wastewater Treatment Plant 

Matt Tomich and Joanna Underwood, President and board chair, respectively, of Energy Vision

Janna West-Heiss, Denver Metro Clean Cities Coordinator, American Lung Association in Colorado

Bob Yost, Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, A1 Organics, which supplies organic waste to Heartland

The Power of Waste: Renewable Natural Gas for Colorado” event will be held May 19, 2016, 8:30am – 3:00pm, at the headquarters of the Daniels Fund, 101 Monroe Street in downtown Denver.  The conference agenda is posted here. Journalists and bloggers are invited to attend and cover, and side interviews with speakers and participants are available on request.  Space is limited; please RSVP to Stephen Kent, [email protected], 914-589-5988.


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