March 19, 2021. Anaergia Inc. and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced that renewable natural gas (RNG) produced from diverted landfill waste is now flowing into SoCalGas’ pipeline system from the Rialto Bioenergy Facility. The Facility is located in San Bernardino County, California, and owned by Rialto Bioenergy Facility, LLC, an Anaergia company. A new one-mile pipeline connects the facility to an existing SoCalGas pipeline. This is the fifth project in which carbon-negative RNG has been injected directly into SoCalGas’ system.
Using Anaergia’s advanced anaerobic digestion technology and proprietary systems, the Facility will produce up to 985,000 MMBTU/year of RNG each year using up to 300,000 tons of waste diverted from local landfills. Creating this carbon-negative fuel from waste will reduce landfilling and decrease greenhouse gas emissions by up to 220,000 metric tons per year—an amount equal to removing 47,500 passenger cars from the road.
“This project marks the fifth time SoCalGas has connected to an in-state renewable natural gas-producing facility, and we’re now distributing RNG from nearly 25 dairy farms and more than 18 cities’ refuse collectors,” said Jawaad Malik, SoCalGas Vice President of Strategy and Sustainability, and Chief Environmental Officer. “Capturing the methane that would have been emitted from this waste helps combat climate change and provides clean transportation fuel that also improves air quality.”
“We are proud to support California’s ambitious climate goals of landfill diversion, greenhouse reduction, and production of in-State carbon-negative fuel,” said Yaniv Scherson, Anaergia Chief Operating Officer. “The Rialto Bioenergy Facility is the largest generator of RNG in California and the first of a number of facilities Anaergia is constructing and developing across California to service the landfill diversion and RNG procurement needs of municipalities under SB 1383.”
“This RNG project is an important step toward ensuring San Bernardino County residents have access to affordable and reliable energy, all while achieving California’s clean energy goals,” said Joe Baca Jr., San Bernardino County Supervisor (District 5). “This important RNG project utilizes existing waste to deliver clean fuel for trucks, reducing air pollution along our San Bernardino County freeways while providing jobs and revenue sources for our residents.”