Duke Energy investing in two new RNG projects in North Carolina

Published on May 02, 2022 by Dave Kovaleski

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Duke Energy is investing in two projects in North Carolina where it will convert landfill gas into renewable natural gas (RNG).

One of the projects is named Foothills Renewables, located in Caldwell County, and the other is called Upper Piedmont Renewables, located in Person County. Both are being developed by Evensol while Energyneering Solutions will build and operate the facilities.

The RNG is derived from the methane contained in landfill gas, which is processed to remove contaminants in order to meet natural gas pipeline quality standards. Each project is projected to produce roughly 500,000 dekatherms (Dth) of RNG each year.

“We’re excited for the Foothills and Upper Piedmont projects to join our growing portfolio of renewable natural gas investments,” Phillip Grigsby, Duke Energy’s senior vice president of ventures and business development, said. “Duke Energy is committed to supporting sustainable energy solutions. Not only will these projects bring more renewable natural gas into the market, they’ll also enhance sustainability in North Carolina, ultimately benefitting both the environment and energy customers,” Grigsby said.

The RNG will be sold to third-party customers and will not be purchased or used by Duke Energy.

“We are very fortunate to have Duke Energy as our strategic partner in the development and ownership of these important NC-based RNG facilities,” David Wentworth, president & CEO of Evensol, said. “Duke’s stated commitment to sustainability is clearly evidenced by its investment in these projects, which will create real environmental benefits for the citizens of North Carolina”.

The landfill projects are already under construction and are expected to be operational in the fourth quarter of 2022.