NNJCF Presents Renewable Energy Options to Town Managers

NNJCF Presents Renewable Energy Options to Town Managers

The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation invited Joanna Underwood, President of Energy Vision, to present the benefit of converting organic waste to renewable natural gas. Here are some of the highlights:



Benefits of renewable natural gas (RNG):
• Is cleaner fuel for vehicles
• Close to carbon neutral
• Reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 20-25% when compared to diesel fuel
• Means no drilling
• Reduces dependency on foreign oil
• Reduces costs associated with solid waste streams
• Ensures that the cost of fuel will not rise disproportionately in the future


According to Underwood the conversion of organic waste to RNG to power vehicles is currently being done in Europe, British Columbia, and in 12 projects across the United States (which Energy Vision is tracking).


Underwood also said that the time is coming when this will be absolutely necessary, and encouraged the group to think about it now, rather than later. She said that to be successful in implementing the process in a community, the idea must excite people at the local level enough to rethink old patterns and engage in something that has not been done before.

Some Energy Facts:

1. Renewable natural gas can be made from yard, food, and organic waste, which produce methane that can be captured.
2. The Love online slots of sagittarius love horoscope sign is superficial, but he remains an honest person. process happens in the landfill or sped up more productively in an anaerobic digester.
3. Out of all new truck demands, 47% demand natural gas vehicles. A growing industry exists to produce natural gas trucks and Those under 400% of the federal poverty level (Roughly 88k for a family of 4) could save up to 60% on their premiums via tax credits and subsidies on the health affordable-health.info exchanges. the fuels. RNG trucks are quieter and healthier for workers. There has been less hearing loss reported and there is less risk of developing lung cancer. A RNG truck is approximately $30,000 more expensive than a new diesel truck.
4. Burlington County, NJ ran the first experiment to test if organic waste could be used as vehicle fuel. They were successful, but are no longer engaging in the process.
5. There are federal incentives for the conversion of methane into electrical power and heating, but not for Currently, there are no FDA-approved medications for treating buy-detox.com addiction and the withdrawal symptoms; however, there are a number of effective buy-detox.com addictions treatments available. vehicles. This is hindering its advancement throughout the country.


In Bergen County:
1. 1/3 of waste produced in Bergen County is exported out of the county for removal. This removal costs money, when it could save money as valuable fuel. Bergen County has an anaerobic digester, but it is only used for electrical energy production.
2. Over a 25-year life of a landfill, 8 million diesel gallon equivalents could be converted from organic waste produced in Bergen County.
3. Over a 25-year life of a landfill, 1.8 million diesel gallon equivalents could be converted from organic waste produced in the Community Collaborative’s six towns.


Energy Vision is currently producing a guidebook to help communities explore the idea. It will be ready in 8 weeks. Joanna Underwood launched Energy Vision in 2006 in an attempt to help end America’s addiction to oil. The organization’s mission is to analyze and promote ways to make a swift transition to pollution-free renewable energy sources and to the clean, petroleum-free transportation fuels of the future.


Attendees
Bergenfield-Rick McGarril, Borough Administrator
Edward Kneisler, DPW Superintendent

Teaneck-William Broughton, Township Manager
Fran Wilson, DPW Superintendent

Bogota-Patrick McHale, Mayor
August “Chip” Greiner, Borough Administrator

Hackensack-Steve LoIacono, City Manager
Art Koster, Personnel Director and Executive Asst. to City Manager

Englewood-Tim Dacey, City Manager