Turning Scraps into Sustainable Solutions: Liberty Closes on Sandhill RNG Acquisition

Johnny Johnston Chief Operating Officer

By Jeffery Norman
Chief Development Officer

August 2022


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Algonquin-Liberty recently acquired Sandhill Advanced Biofuels, LLC, a developer of Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) anaerobic digestion projects located on dairy farms, comprised of four sites in Wisconsin. With two projects already operational and two more in advanced development, this acquisition adds a new element to our renewable energy supply mix.

Furthering our net zero goals with four RNG sites in Wisconsin and hydrogen consortium in New York

Investing in low carbon intensity solutions for our customers is one of the ways we are driving toward our target of net-zero by 2050. In fact, we have a proven track record of what we call “greening the fleet” – that is, where possible, looking for opportunities to replace nonrenewable energy sources with renewable generation facilities. Leveraging RNG is one potential means of making such a switch.

What is RNG and how is it used?

Simply put, RNG is a natural gas derived from organic waste found in everyday life. When organic waste decomposes, it releases biogas into the atmosphere. We can capture that raw biogas and purify it to create RNG.

RNG has three main benefits: Firstly, its readily available, meaning it can be captured from various sources like compost, cow manure or wood waste. Secondly, while that organic waste would usually decay and create methane emissions contributing to Greenhouse Gases (GHG), by capturing the biogas and processing it into RNG, we essentially capture more GHGs than it would emit, so the fuel actually becomes carbon negative. And lastly, it is available 24/7 and isn’t hindered by intermittency.

The RNG produced from these dairy farms can be injected into the natural gas pipeline system, displacing carbon-based natural gas. As a result, RNG can bring much needed economic, renewable fuel solutions to our natural gas and transportation customers while also providing the local dairy farmers with additional revenue and supporting their efforts to manage waste and reduce GHG emissions.

Expanding our renewables portfolio

As entrepreneurs at heart, we are exploring green energy solutions and deepening our development expertise beyond wind, solar, and hydro. We feel it’s vital to tackle climate change head-on by embracing new technologies and adding alternative fuel strategies into our energy supply mix.

For more on Sandhill and how our company is investing in RNG as part our long-term strategy, read our press release or visit the Sustainability section of our website.

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