UGI Utilities, a subsidiary of UGI Corp. headquartered in Denver, Lancaster County, has begun to accept renewable natural gas from Archaea Energy into its pipeline distribution system.
An interconnect agreement with Archaea was signed last fiscal year to accept delivery of RNG produced from the Keystone Landfill in Dunmore. The recently completed interconnect, when fully operational, can accommodate up to 5.3 billion cubic feet of RNG each year, “making this the largest current RNG supply point in the United States to date,” a release said.
RNG from landfills is a low carbon energy solution derived from organic waste. “It is a sustainable and reliable energy source that is highly compatible with existing infrastructure when blended with natural gas,” according to the release.
UGI Utilities expects to utilize a portion of the renewable natural gas to serve customers beginning in 2022. This purchase was made possible by regulatory approval of a five-year pilot program by the state’s Public Utility Commission, the first of its kind in Pennsylvania, the release noted.
The project is expected to lower carbon dioxide emissions by an amount equivalent to removing 67,000 passenger vehicles over the course of a year.
“The approval of this pilot program is a significant step forward as we continue to develop sustainable, environmentally responsible energy solutions for our customers,” Robert F. Beard, UGI’s executive vice president – natural gas, global engineering, construction and procurement, said in the release. “UGI remains committed to developing renewable energy sources for the communities we serve.”