Dominion unveils US’ first nationwide network of dairy waste-to-energy projects


US utility Dominion Energy has signed a $200 million partnership deal with Vanguard Renewables to convert methane from dairy farms into clean, renewable natural gas.

The aim is to reduce carbon footprints and to provide consumers with affordable energy to heat homes, power businesses and fuel vehicles.

The two partners are developing projects in Georgia, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah and plan to go nationwide.

Dominion Energy will own the projects and market the renewable natural gas and Vanguard Renewables through its subsidiary Clean Energy Investment USA will design, develop and operate the projects.

The projects are expected to reduce annual carbon emissions by more than 450,000 metric tons equivalent to taking off the road nearly 10,000 cars or planting 7.5 million trees each year.

Diane Leopold, Chief Operating Officer at Dominion Energy, said: “Through our strategic partnership with Vanguard Renewables and our strategic alliance with Dairy Farmers of America, we’re rapidly accelerating the development of these transformational projects and for the first time on a nationwide scale.”

Dominion Energy owns the fourth-largest US solar fleet and the largest offshore wind project in the US under development along the coast of Virginia.