Vanguard’s six facilities, located on dairy farms across Massachusetts and in Vermont, convert a combination of food waste and manure from farms into natural gas using a process called anaerobic digestion.
The promise of renewable natural gas is a sustainability win that has been financially and logistically out of reach for even the largest companies. Vanguard Renewables created the Farm Powered Strategic Alliance to start delivering on this promise for its founding members Unilever, Starbucks and Dairy Farmers of America.
A survey carried out after the November election found that 66 percent of respondents said that developing sources of clean energy should be a high or very high priority.
Vanguard Renewables is investing in both dairy manure only to renewable natural gas and co-digestion of food waste and dairy manure to renewable natural gas market options, At projects under construction nationwide they will make either electricity, heat, or transportation fuel. And it’s growing its network to pump up its feedstock supply while helping farmers cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Vanguard Renewables featured in Green Labs Recycling's Sustainability Highlight blog, a recurring series featuring Massachusetts businesses with sustainability-focused missions.
Fossil fuel companies think renewable natural gas is the answer to their PR problems. Environmentalists think not.
As a cooperative invested in the dairy supply chain from farm to table, DFA is taking a strong position by setting a science-based target and committing to reduce both direct and value chain GHG emissions by 30% by 2030.
Dominion is working with startup Vanguard Renewables, which deploys manure to renewable natural gas systems at dairy farms.
As U.S. food assistance programs grapple with overwhelming demand during the coronavirus pandemic, some in New England are finding support from unusual partners—renewable energy companies.
When Randy Jordan, a fifth-generation dairy farmer in central Massachusetts, looked into turning manure from his 300 cows into natural gas more than a decade ago, he just wanted to find a way to lower his increasingly painful electric bill.