As communities like Berkeley, CA and Denver, CO move to limit the use of natural gas in new building construction, it’s more relevant than ever to educate consumers about the importance of natural gas utilities in creating a sustainable energy future.

Natural gas infrastructure plays a vital role in achieving utilities’ carbon reduction goals. Renewable natural gas (RNG) is a prime example of this, but it can be difficult to find the facts and figures you need to start that conversation. So, we’ve pulled together top resources for you to use.

Explaining RNG

1) The Alternative Fuels Data Center within the U.S. Department of Energy has a thorough guide with basic information about what RNG is, how it’s produced and how it can be used.

2) A recent article titled, “7 things to know about renewable natural gas” breaks down the RNG discussion in a way that’s approachable yet thorough.   

Outlining the benefits of RNG

3) The American Gas Association (AGA) provides a comprehensive list of benefits, including job creation and a new revenue source for American farmers.

4) Northwest Natural CEO David Anderson highlighted the role of RNG in increasing gas utility earnings growth and benefitting shareholders in a recent S&P Intelligence article.

Sharing examples of RNG projects underway

5) The Argonne National Laboratory maintains a publicly available database of biogas projects that are preparing gas for pipeline injection or use as vehicle fuel.

The role of RNG in a sustainable energy plan can be a daunting topic because there is so much misinformation. However, by sticking to the facts and citing reliable third-party resources, together we can improve the energy literacy of the communities we serve and the lawmakers governing them.