About renewable natural gas
Where does renewable natural gas come from?
Renewable natural gas potential
How much renewable natural gas is possible?
Renewable natural gas future
What it means for the future
Replacing more and more of our natural gas supply with renewable natural gas in our existing pipeline infrastructure, combined with energy efficiency and wide adoption of our carbon offset program, will yield the fastest and most affordable results for our communities and the planet.
Renewable natural gas benefits
Reduces carbon emissions
Renewable natural gas is a zero-carbon resource produced from local organic materials such as food, agricultural and forestry waste, wastewater or landfills.
- Replenishes naturally from decomposing organic materials.
- New innovations give us the ability to capture that methane and transform it into renewable natural gas — stopping the environmental damage before it starts and creating a valuable new source of energy.
- Works with the same equipment and appliances that deliver and use natural gas.
- Used in vehicles today.
Renewable natural gas projects
RNG projects in progress
- City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services’ Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant. Learn more about Portland's single biggest climate action infrastructure project.
- Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission facility in Lane County; and at Shell New Energies Junction City biomethane facility. Collectively, these projects are designed to provide immediate and impactful emissions and air quality benefits.
- NW Natural is also investing in renewable natural gas projects outside of Oregon to acquire RNG for customers. In December 2020, NW Natural formed an innovative renewable natural gas partnership with Tyson Foods and BioCarbN to convert waste to renewables at Tyson facilities. This RNG supply will be dedicated to NW Natural’s Oregon customers. Read more about this groundbreaking project.
What about renewable hydrogen?
There is also the ability to create renewable hydrogen made through the power to gas process from wind and solar energy that would otherwise go to waste — and distribute that into the pipeline network. In fact, a team of Pacific Northwest public and private organizations have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore the development of what would be one of the largest renewable hydrogen production facilities in North America.
How is renewable hydrogen made?
Oregon rulemaking for SB 98 wraps up, allowing NW Natural to deliver renewable energy to customers
Rulemaking for Senate Bill 98 (SB 98) is now complete, giving NW Natural a clear path to acquire renewable natural gas on behalf of customers, and forging the way for this newest renewable resource to be an increasing part of the state's energy supply.
NW Natural worked collaboratively with legislators and renewable natural gas stakeholders to create SB 98, a groundbreaking bill that was signed into law by Oregon Governor Kate Brown in 2019. Since then, the Public Utility Commission of Oregon (OPUC), consumer groups and natural gas utilities have been working through a rulemaking process, so natural gas utilities can begin procuring renewable natural gas under the legislation.
Renewable natural gas is a zero-carbon resource produced from local organic materials such as food, agricultural and forestry waste, wastewater or landfills. The gas can be cleaned and added into the existing natural gas system, where it is fully interchangeable with conventional natural gas.
More information about SB 98
SB 98 Details
2021 Request for Proposal
2021 Request for Proposal
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