Renewable Natural Gas

Vermont Gas is committed to a sustainable future—that’s why we’re proud to offer our Renewable Natural Gas program. Renewable Natural Gas is created from the methane produced by the organic material in landfills, wastewater treatment facilities and farms. VGS Renewable Natural Gas Program gives customers another opportunity to make a difference.

Check out our innovative RNG Adder Calculator to see what amount works with your budget and energy goals.

Curious about how our program is administered? Read about our program on our VGS RNG Manual

 

Enroll in the VGS Renewable Natural Gas Program

Customers can sign up to purchase renewable attributes of RNG for a percentage of their natural gas usage (ex. 10%, 25%, 50% or 100%).

VGS Renewable Natural Gas program is an innovative offering that will allow Vermont Gas customers to displace the use of conventional natural gas by purchasing the renewable attributes of renewable natural gas (RNG) production. These renewable attributes correspond with the production of RNG by anaerobic digestion of organic matter at landfills, waste treatment plants, industrial sites and farm digesters that has been injected into the natural gas pipeline system.

Customers can participate in the program by signing up to purchase renewable attributes of RNG for a percentage of their natural gas usage (ex. 10%, 25%, 50% or 100%). Participating customers will be charged an “RNG Adder” corresponding to the chosen percentage on their monthly bills.

Use our interactive VGS Renewable Natural Gas Calculator to determine what level works best for your budget and efficiency goals.

The RNG Adder will be $1.2931 per CCF, but this will change each quarter with our approved rate changes. Use our interactive VGS Renewable Natural Gas Calculator to view our rates and determine what level works best for your budget and energy goals.

VGS Renewable Natural Gas current supply is sourced from landfill in Quebec and from a wasterwater treatment plant in Iowa. We are also working to bring on additional supply sources from farm digesters and other sources.

An average customer household enrolling in the VGS Renewable Natural Gas program at the 100% level will reduce the corresponding carbon footprint associated with the customer’s direct use of natural gas.  For a typical VGS residential customer using 900 ccf of conventional natural gas each year this equates to up to 4.9 metric tons of avoided carbon dioxide emission each year.

 

Customers who participate in the VGS Renewable Natural Gas program can choose to modify or suspend their monthly adder purchase at any time by filling out this form.

Product Content Label

By participating in the VGS Renewable Natural Gas program you are purchasing the renewable attributes associated with the production of renewable natural gas (“RNG”), which may also be referred to as biogas or bio-methane. A unit of VGS Renewable Natural Gas, measured in hundred cubic feet (CCF) represents the environmental attribute of 1 CCF of biogas.  VGS reserves the right to purchase carbon offsets if RNG supply is not available, VGS will notify customers if this occurs.

Program Guidelines

RNG purchased by VGS will be from the anaerobic digestion of organic matter at landfills, waste treatment plants, industrial sites and farm digesters.  VGS will purchase the renewable attributes associated with the RNG.

VGS will retire the corresponding amount of RNG environmental attribute inventory equal to the amount of RNG purchased by the customer.  Upon request, VGS will provide documentation to the customer.

VGS Renewable Natural Gas Adder will appear on customers’ monthly bill as an additional line item, all other bill components will continue to apply.

Customers participating in the VGS Renewable Natural Gas program are subject to  VGS’ Terms and Conditions outlined in VGS’ tariffs and Vermont Public Utility Commission (“PUC”) rules.

VGS tariffs can be found at https://www.vermontgas.com/account/rates/

VGS Renewable Natural Gas customers will be notified of RNG Adder rate changes in advance the effective date of the change unless otherwise ordered by the PUC.  The RNG Adder will change whenever the PUC authorizes a change in the Natural Gas Charge portion of the tariff.  Currently this occurs quarterly.

The RNG Adder will apply, at the percentage selected by the customer, to the usage shown on the monthly bill, regardless of enrollment or termination date.  The RNG Adder will not be pro-rated for partial-month usage.

Customers served under a VGS tariff for firm service can subscribe to the RNG Program with no term commitment and can cancel or modify with three days’ notice.  The termination or modification will be effective with the next regularly scheduled bill.