Brightmark broke ground on three new renewable natural gas projects in Michigan. The initiatives are owned by and will be operated through subsidiaries of Brightmark RNG Holdings LLC, a partnership with Chevron U.S.A. Inc. These life cycle carbon negative biomethane projects will collectively generate 89,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas credits in accordance with the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard.
“Michigan has been a great partner and we are excited to further expand our renewable naural gas footprint here and break ground on these lifecycle carbon negative projects,” said Bob Powell, Founder and CEO of Brightmark. “Transitioning to a lower carbon energy economy creates significant opportunities for Michigan to put people to work in good-paying jobs in industries that are key to addressing climate change. We are proud to be a leader in supporting more sustainable farming practices, and these new projects have the potential to deliver great financial and environmental benefits to the farmers and communities that we partner with.”
In October 2020, Brightmark LLC and Chevron U.S.A. Inc. originally announced the formation of the Brightmark RNG Holdings LLC joint venture to own projects across the United States to produce and market dairy biomethane. Equity investments by each company in the new venture fund construction of infrastructure and commercial operation of projects in multiple states. Chevron purchases renewable natural gas produced from these projects and markets the volumes for use in vehicles operating on CNG.
“Working with Brightmark to add new projects in Michigan underpins our commitment to improving how affordable, reliable, ever-cleaner energy is developed and delivered,” said Andy Walz, president of Chevron Americas Fuels & Lubricants. “Chevron is seeking to advance the energy transition by leveraging our existing capabilities across the full renewable natural gas value chain – marketing, sales, distribution, brands and infrastructure – to maximize margin capture and help industries and consumers that use our products build a lower carbon future.”
Brightmark currently owns and operates 27 biomethane projects in 8 states and will operate 6 in Michigan upon completion of these three new iniatives, which is expected in the first half of 2022. Of this portfolio of projects, 17 are owned by subsidiaries of the joint venture with Chevron.
The Red Arrow Renewable Natural Gas project in Hartford will use anaerobic digestion to convert 200,000 gallons of manure per day from 5,750 dairy cows into about 128,000 MMBtu of biomethane each year – which is enough fuel to enable a heavy-duty truck to circle Earth at the equator 131 times.
The SunRyz Renewable Natural Gas project in Morenci will convert 133,000 gallons of manure per day from 3,250 dairy cows into about 76,000 MMBtu of biomethane each year – enough fuel to enable a heavy-duty truck to circle the equator 77 times.
The Meadow Rock Renewable Natural Gas project in Greenville will convert 75,000 gallons of manure per day from 3,020 cows into nearly 67,000 MMBtu of biomethane each year – which is enough fuel to enable a heavy-duty truck to circle the Earth’s equator 68 times.