TECO Peoples Gas Introduces New Waste-to-Energy Service

TECO Peoples Gas is expanding the green energy solutions for its customers with a new renewable natural gas service.

"We are excited to be the first utility in Florida and among the first in the country to offer this innovative new service," said T.J. Szelistowski, president of Peoples Gas. "This is a win for the environment, a win for our customers, and a win for the communities we serve."

According to a media release, the Florida Public Service Commission unanimously approved the new utility service. The service would offer the opportunity for Peoples Gas to clean or condition a customer's biogas. It would also allow customers to transport their renewable natural gas using the Peoples Gas pipeline in some circumstances.

RNG is sustainable and renewable. It reduces methane, a greenhouse gas, and adds to fuel diversity. It creates a beneficial use out of a waste product that was previously destroyed. Plus, communities may be eligible to receive economic benefits via environmental credits.

The new conditioning service is expected to be available to customers in 2018.

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