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Biomethane (RNG)

Biomethane, marketed as “renewable natural gas” (RNG) by the fossil fuel industry, is a form of processed biogas. Biogas is generated from decomposing animal, plant, and human waste. Framed as a renewable energy source, biomethane provides an opportunity for the gas industry to maintain its position in the energy system as opposed to investing in electrification powered by solar and wind.

Topics in this section include:

  • What is biomethane?
  • Issues associated with biomethane
  • Who does biomethane really profit?
  • Promotion of CAFOs and waste production