Benefits of Biogas

Waste Treatment Benefits

  • nature waste treatment process
  • mature technology
  • smaller physical footprint (vs. composting)
  • reduces volume of waste for transport, land application, (vs. not using digestion)
  • very efficient decomposition
  • Complete biogas capture
  • nutrient recovery and recycling

Energy Benefits

  • net-energy producing process
  • multiple existing biogas end-use applications, including:
    • heat-only
    • electric-only
    • combined heat and power
    • pipeline quality biomethane
    • transportation fuel
  • baseload/dispatchable energy source (vs. intermittent wind and solar)
  • distributed generation (which means lower transmission/transportation costs and higher reliability)
  • direct replacement for non-renewable fossil fuels

Environmental Benefits

  • dramatic odor reduction
  • reduced pathogen levels
  • reduced greenhouse gas emissions
  • platform for reducing nutrient runoff
  • increased crop yield

Economic Benefits

  • jobs (temporary/construction and permanent)
  • turns cost item (i.e., waste treatment) into revenue-generating opportunity
  • can operate in conjunction with composting operations
  • improves rural infrastructure and diversifies rural income streams
*Information provided by PBEA Member, the American Biogas Council

Other resources

PA Biogas 101 Handout
PA State Profile