Liberty partners on hydrogen Hub project
Liberty acquires Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) platform and partners on Hydrogen Hub project.
Liberty has signed on as one of over forty hydrogen ecosystem partners participating in a multi-state agreement led by New York Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
The consortium of partners will contribute to developing a proposal to become one of at least four regional clean energy hydrogen hubs to support New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act goal to reduce GHG emissions by 85% by 2050.
Meanwhile, Liberty (RNG) LLC (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. (AQN)) announced the recent completion of its acquisition of Sandhill Advanced Biofuels, LLC (Sandhill).
Sandhill is a developer of renewable natural gas (RNG) anaerobic digestion projects located on dairy farms, with a portfolio of four projects in the state of Wisconsin. The completion of this acquisition represents the company’s first investment in non-regulated renewable natural gas.
Once all four projects are fully operational, they will sequester methane from dairy operations to produce an aggregate of ~500 MMBTU/day of RNG for the transportation sector. The farm-based biodigesters and upgrading systems use anaerobic digestions to produce negative carbon-intensity RNG, which is injected into the natural gas pipeline system, displacing carbon-based natural gas.
Jeff Norman, Chief Development Officer, AQN, said, “The Sandhill portfolio of projects is an important one for Liberty: it gives us an opportunity to apply our expertise in renewable development to an energy-generation method known for its low net carbon intensity and gives us a strategic foothold in a highly attractive sector of the RNG market.”