Aemetis Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) has a negative carbon intensity and is addressing the problem of harmful greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) while providing jobs and economic development. In 2020, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved Aemetis’s biogas pathway, utilizing a negative -426 carbon intensity score for the company’s first dairy digesters.
By the end of 2022, Aemetis will have seven operating dairy digesters with an additional 10 digesters in development or under construction, and a direct interconnection with Pacific Gas & Electric’s gas pipeline that will enable the gas to be transmitted statewide. With a fully built-out objective of constructing and operating over 60 dairy digesters, we estimate our RNG production will reach more than 1.5 million MMBTU annually by 2025.
Our RNG is produced by capturing methane from local dairies in California’s Central Valley, eliminating thousands of tons of harmful GHG emissions annually. Moreover, our RNG is produced continuously – 24 hours a day 365 days per year – without the intermittent issues inherent with some renewable energy sources such as wind or solar. RNG is pipeline quality gas that fits transparently into the existing natural gas infrastructure, making for a seamless transition from petroleum-based energy to negative carbon intensity clean fuels. As California has over 1,200 existing dairies, Aemetis is also providing additional economic security and environmental compliance for family farms in the region. Aemetis simultaneously provides jobs and cleaner air while contributing to our state’s climate objectives.
Aemetis produces RNG from dairy digesters throughout California’s Central Valley. Aemetis has built over 40 miles of underground biomethane pipeline that transports biogas to the company’s ethanol biorefinery in Keyes, California. At the biorefinery, the biogas is upgraded to pipeline quality RNG for distribution via an onsite interconnection with the PG&E gas pipeline or at an onsite RNG fueling station for use as renewable, below zero carbon intensity (CI) transportation fuel.
Our ability to fuel trucks with negative carbon intensity RNG will contribute to California’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2045 and will reduce transportation air pollution created by diesel emissions.