Environmental Power to build third Texas plant

Environmental Power Corporation’s wholly owned subsidiary Microgy has agreed to develop a renewable natural gas production facility in Dublin, Texas.

The Rio Leche facility will be the third such project developed by Microgy in Texas.

The Microgy facilities use anaerobic digestion technology to extract methane gas from animal wastes, transforming it to pipeline-grade renewable natural gas.

The Dublin facility will join the Huckabay Ridge project currently under construction in Stephenville and the Mission Dairy project currently in development in Hereford. Once completed, all three facilities are expected to increase Microgy’s estimated annual production of refined renewable natural gas to 2 billion cubic feet.

“The planned Rio Leche facility demonstrates our commitment to a strategy of responsible development intended to increase our RNG reserves across Texas,” said Kam Tejwani, CEO of the Portsmouth-based Environmental Power.

Like the other two Texas facilities, Rio Leche will be sited at a compost yard. The eight-digester facility will process waste from 10,000 dairy cattle and other food industry waste, transforming it into enough pipeline-grade renewable natural gas to heat 11,000 homes. The RNG will be cleaned, compressed and delivered to a natural gas pipeline.

Huckabay Ridge, Microgy’s first Texas-based project, is currently under construction and expected to open in the fall. The Mission Dairy has received its air permits and is expected to begin construction soon. The Rio Leche project is currently in the permitting stage. – TRACIE STONE

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