Verified thermal energy credits could do for methane capture what renewable energy credits did for wind and solar power.
State regulators recently extended a DTE Energy program that allows customers to pay extra for renewable gas offsets.
Consumers Energy will target methane leaks in its system and buy renewable natural gas to offset what it can’t plug.
Critics say tracking renewable natural gas production and sales will be difficult and present opportunities for fraud.
Federal and state incentives steer RNG toward transportation, creating a barrier for utilities hoping to promote it.