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gallons. Last year they produced about 5% to 10% of that. That’s why we think it’s a good market.”
Mark Mba-Wright, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Iowa State University, said there is “definitely” potential for a robust
renewable natural gas industry in Iowa.
“There is tremendous [momentum] towards renewable natural gas. California has set an example but I think a lot of states are looking towards
clean energy plans and climate change, and are realizing that reducing the carbon footprint of fuels is a major factor in meeting those goals.”
Critics of RNG say it’s a high-cost carbon solution that will be difficult or downright impossible to scale up to a meaningful level. Meanwhile, they
say it’s prolonging investment in gas infrastructure that would be better steered toward electrification efforts. Growing corn also takes a toll on the
environment beyond climate concerns.