Chevron-Brightmark Renewable Natural Gas Joint Venture Expands RNG Production in Michigan

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Brightmark RNG Holdings LLC, a joint venture between Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and Brightmark LLC, is set to enhance renewable natural gas (RNG) production in western Michigan. The joint venture aims to establish five new anaerobic digestion dairy farm projects that will convert animal waste into renewable fuels.

The Chevron-Brightmark RNG joint venture, which operates a nationwide system of RNG projects, will undertake the Michigan projects, including the Castor Project, Meadow Rock, Red Arrow, Willow Point, and SunRyz. The Castor Project, processing manure from a large digester, is the second-largest RNG project for Brightmark and Chevron.

Bob Powell, founder and CEO of Brightmark LLC, expressed enthusiasm for the partnership with Chevron and Michigan farmers, stating, “Our RNG projects are designed to deliver lower carbon intensity outcomes for organic waste and promote investments in local farmers and their communities. By seeking renewable fuels from new sources and addressing circularity challenges at an increased scale, we are expanding our network of strategic relationships with farmers nationwide to reduce the carbon intensity of the agricultural industry.”

Anaerobic digestion is a circular technology that captures animal manure and converts it into renewable natural gas, fertilizer, and recyclable water for agricultural and energy systems. With the addition of these Michigan projects, the Chevron-Brightmark RNG joint venture now comprises a total of 20 RNG projects throughout the country.

Andy Walz, president of Chevron Americas Products, emphasized the significance of innovative and practical solutions in transitioning to a lower carbon future. He stated, “Launching these anaerobic digestion projects with Brightmark can help us develop new solutions for transportation, industry, and customers who rely on our products.”

The implementation of anaerobic digestion dairy farm projects in Michigan is expected to result in a net reduction of greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to planting over 179,000 acres of forest annually. Moreover, these projects will reduce the application of raw manure on land while improving odor, water quality, and nutrient management practices on farms.

Greg Stahl, lead farmer of The Castor Project, highlighted the shared commitment to environmental stewardship, saying, “Brightmark is our valued partner in our efforts to advance a lower carbon energy business. We look forward to collaborating with Brightmark and Chevron on these renewable natural gas projects to create value from underutilized resources.”

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