Summit Utilities Inc. announces RNG initiative in Maine

May 30, 2019. Summit Utilities Inc., the parent company of Summit Natural Gas of Maine Inc., announced a new renewable natural gas (RNG) program aimed at supporting the local economy and fighting climate change. The program outlines three steps the company is taking to build a sustainable energy future: Partnering with Maine’s dairy industry to develop home-grown renewable natural gas through the construction of an anaerobic digester in Maine’s dairy capital, Clinton. Matching 5 percent of its Maine residential gas demand for the next year by purchasing renewable gas attributes (similar to carbon credits) at no cost to ratepayers. Developing a voluntary option for Maine customers to fund the purchase of RNG attributes to help reduce their carbon footprint.

   “This is an exciting project and the next step in Summit’s ongoing effort to build a sustainable energy future by investing in innovative technologies that mitigate climate change,” said Kurt Adams, Summit’s president and CEO. “Since coming to Maine in 2013 we’ve been able to reduce carbon emissions by an estimated 69,000 metric tons a year through conversions to natural gas and energy efficiency upgrades. That’s like taking 15,000 cars off the road forever. Our renewable program is the next step in our ongoing efforts to reduce greenhouse gas. It’s simply the right thing to do for our customers, our business and our children.”

   Summit plans to invest approximately $20 million on this program.