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    LCF Member Spotlight: The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas

    The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (aka the RNG Coalition) is a non-profit, member-led organization that advocates for the advancement of renewable natural gas (RNG), also called biogas or biomethane. Renewable natural gas is a natural, gaseous byproduct of decomposing organic matter, and it is fully interchangeable with conventional natural gas and can be used in natural gas vehicles. Their website offers RNG industry news, a map of RNG production facilities in North America, RNG events, and resources for learning about RNG and its use and production.  According to their website, the mission of the RNG Coalition is to “[advocate] for increased renewable natural gas development and deployment so that present and future generations will have access to domestic, renewable, clean fuel and energy supply.”

    To that end, the RNG Coalition offers an RNG ACADEMY, The RNG ACADEMY is an innovative, full-day continuing education program all about Renewable Natural Gas. The program is designed for executive and nonexecutive employees of Local Distribution Companies (LDCs) and Natural Gas Pipeline Utility Companies operating in North America. Companies can register for a date and time for the academy and bring the RNG Coalition directly to their company headquarters to teach on-site. A webinar feature is now available with the RNG Academy; interested companies can now schedule the same full-day RNG Academy program and participate via webinar vs. scheduling a program on-site. The purpose of the program is to offer an introduction to “the public policies and related markets driving RNG production - and increased LDC engagement with the RNG industry - across North America.” The program also boasts RNG industry experts who will be on hand to answer questions during the event or the accompanying lunch or breakfast.

    As part of their commitment to renewable and clean fuel, the RNG Coalition, along with NGV America, recently released an on-road RNG use report explaining increased RNG usage and how RNG use is lowering emissions. The RNG Coalition reports in a news release that “32 percent of all on-road fuel used in natural gas vehicles in calendar year 2018 was renewable natural gas (RNG),” which, according to the title, is a “historic high” for RNG usage.  The news release goes on to say that “[over] the last five years, RNG use as a transportation fuel has increased 577 percent, displacing over seven million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e).” This educational infographic, shown below, illustrates the importance of RNG as a clean, renewable fuel and shows how its growing usage is benefitting the environment.

    The RNG Coalition is also hosting their annual RNG SUMMIT from May 14-15 in Washington, DC. The RNG SUMMIT "features a federal Legislative & Regulatory Policy Forum, strategic Capitol Hill meetings and multiple mid-year Networking Events - including two adjoining suites during the Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets baseball game." The event looks to provide RNG industry representatives with updates on the RNG industry and federal policy and provide a forum for education and advocacy.

    RNG Coalition Website

    RNG Academy Page and Informational Pamphlet

    RNG Coalition natural gas usage news release

    RNG SUMMIT Information

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