RENEWABLE NATURAL GAS
Renewable natural gas (RNG) is a pipeline-quality gas that is fully interchangeable with conventional natural gas and thus can be used in natural gas vehicles. RNG is essentially biogas (the gaseous product of the decomposition of organic matter) that has been processed to purity standards. Like conventional natural gas, RNG can be used as a transportation fuel in the form of compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG). RNG qualifies as an advanced biofuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard.
Biomethane, which is another term for this purified pipeline-quality fuel, refers to biogas that has also been cleaned and conditioned to remove or reduce non-methane elements. This processed biogas is instead used as a replacement for traditional natural gas to generate combined electricity and heating for power plants—not in vehicle applications.
Biogas is produced from various biomass sources through a biochemical process, such as anaerobic digestion, or through thermochemical means, such as gasification. With minor cleanup, biogas can be used to generate electricity and heat. To fuel vehicles, biogas must be processed to a higher purity standard. This process is called conditioning or upgrading, and involves the removal of water, carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, and other trace elements. The resulting RNG, or biomethane, has a higher content of methane than raw biogas, which makes it comparable to conventional natural gas and thus a suitable energy source in applications that require pipeline-quality gas.
Watch the webinar on Renewable Natural Gas:
Join with the American Biogas Council, the Natural Gas Association of Georgia, Clean Cities Georgia and Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols on the economic and environmental benefits of renewable natural gas that can be locally produced here in Georgia.
Renewable Natural Gas 101
About the RNG Steering Board
Organized in 2020, the Renewable Natural Gas Steering Board of the Natural Gas Association of Georgia was formed to advocate for the development of waste-to-energy solutions across Georgia.
Robin Lanier, Chair
Southern Company Gas
Atlanta Gas Light
Consolidated Pipe & Supply Company
Georgia Natural Gas
Marlin Gas Services, LLC
Southern Company Gas
Magnolia River Services
Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia
The Renewable Natural Gas Steering Committee is involved in advocating for state and federal level policies that support sustainable, waste-to-energy development in Georgia and monitoring industry advancements which increasingly make RNG an economically sound choice for a low carbon future.
Renewable Natural Gas Advancements
- Clean Energy to Supply Amazon with RNG (Bio-Energy News, 04/19/21)
- States Looking to De-carbonize, may need to look at gas’ origin (S&P Global 03/20/21)
- Why North Carolina’s poultry industry isn’t creating biogas like hogfarms are. (Energy News Network 3/19/18)
- AD plant will use chicken litter to produce renewable natural gas in Maryland (Renewable Energy World, 08/05/20)
Georgia Advocacy Issues
- Bill to preempt local bans on natural gas hookups clears Senate (Georgia Recorder 03/22/21)