Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) is the first utility in Maryland to gain regulatory approval for the use of renewable natural gas (RNG) on its gas distribution system, it was announced Thursday.
Approval of BGE’s RNG tariff from the Maryland Public Service Commission comes as Maryland’s first RNG plant, owned and operated by Bioenergy Devco, nears completion in Howard County.
RNG is derived from existing resources such as farm manure and food waste, and is a renewable energy source with a low or net negative carbon intensity depending on its source. It is interchangeable with conventional natural gas and can be used in the same way – electricity production, heating and cooling, industrial applications, and transportation. RNG production also takes inputs from local sources, diverts waste from landfills and creates jobs.
BioEnergy Devco’s flagship food waste to RNG plant is anticipated to produce gas in the first quarter of 2022, and will generate enough gas to power the equivalent of nearly 5,000 homes’ annual usage.