Aemetis Biogas reaches milestone of operating dairy digesters producing more than 300,000 MMBtu per year of renewable natural gas

June 28, 2024. Aemetis, Inc. announced that its Aemetis Biogas subsidiary completed a key milestone of constructing and operating dairy digesters with a capacity to produce more than 300,000 MMBtu of renewable natural gas (RNG) per year. Additionally, the planned construction of new digesters is expected to increase the annual RNG production rate to over 800,000 MMBtu by the third quarter of 2025, more than a 150% increase from the current production rate.

“Our commercial revenue generation from selling RNG for transportation began in January 2023, and we have already grown to a production rate of more than 300,000 MMBtu per year, which generates revenues of about $13 million per year in today’s markets prior to receiving LCFS Provisional pathway approvals, prior to expected increased revenue from expanded LCFS credit mandates in November of this year, and prior to transferable 45Z tax credits starting in January 2025,” stated Eric McAfee, Chairman and CEO of Aemetis, Inc. “We have already closed $50 million of 20-year USDA guaranteed funding for the biogas project and achieved positive cash flow from biogas operations, and we are working to close an additional $75 million of USDA-guaranteed construction funding this year.”

The California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) credits generated by Aemetis Biogas are currently based on a negative 150 Default pathway carbon intensity (CI). The CI is expected to decrease to below negative 320 CI when CARB approves Provisional pathways for each digester. The revenue generated from LCFS credits earned at the improved CI of the Provisional pathway will be approximately 85% more than the default pathway revenue.