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Illinois RNG Pilot Green Lit

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The Illinois Commerce Commission has approved Nicor Gas’ Renewable Gas Interconnection Pilot, a scheme which will develop renewable natural gas (RNG) production facilities within Nicor Gas’ service territory and allow the company to determine how RNG can be efficiently integrated into its natural gas distribution system.

As a part of the pilot, Nicor Gas will enable the interconnection of new RNG facilities, which create a pathway for lower carbon fuels to be available to customers by displacing traditional, geologic natural gas.

With an investment capped at $16m, the pilot marks the first time an Illinois gas utility has a tariff that allows its distribution system to interconnect renewable fuel production systems.

According to an Illinois economic impact study by EcoEngineers, just one RNG project could create up to 229 part-time jobs during construction, 46 full-time jobs during operations and $478m in total economic output over the 20-year project life.

“Nicor Gas is committed to helping our communities thrive and to bettering our environment. This program seeks to do that by bringing sustainable, clean RNG to the marketplace, while creating clean energy jobs and new revenue streams for Illinois businesses,” said John O. Hudson III, president and CEO of Nicor Gas. “We look forward to working with RNG producers and consumers during the pilot program while helping our state lead in the progress toward a clean energy future.”

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