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Sourcing Renewables  -  August 7, 2020

Utah Inland Port Authority explores renewable natural gas

The Utah Inland Port Authority (UIPA) announced July 28 that they signed a Joint Cooperation Statement with Dominion Energy Utah aimed at pursuing opportunities for the development of natural gas programs and technology.

The partnership will explore options for renewable natural gas, alternative fuels and energy efficiency to cut down on UIPA’s greenhouse gas emissions. The agreement is valid for four years and will focus on two areas: alternative fuels and innovative energy technologies.

“The pressure for companies to transfer to sustainable energy is coming from customers and investors, but that switch takes time and resources,” Jack Hedge, Executive Director of UIPA, said in a statement. “Collaboration is key to getting over those hurdles, and UIPA is dedicated to helping harness these emerging and innovative fuel and energy opportunities.”

UIPA plans to focus specifically on pilot projects aimed at converting or replacing conventional vehicles, like short line railroad engines,  heavy-, medium- and light-duty trucks, forklifts, and other cargo transport vehicles, to operate on renewable natural gas or other clean sources. The organization said they are looking into biomass sources like wastewater, landfills, agricultural waste and food waste.

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