Since its inception nearly a decade ago, Essential Consulting Oregon, LLC (EC Oregon) has built up an impressive résumé when it comes to the planning and implementation of biogas projects. In that time period, the company has provided dozens of feasibility studies, performed GIS mapping in several U.S. states, and provided services for the development of four full-scale biogas plants.
The most recent of these biogas plants, the $16 million JC-Biomethane, LLC project, had been in the company’s sights for more than five years. Opened in mid-2013, the new plant in Junction City, Oregon, is anaerobically digesting organic material to generate methane-rich biogas, which then fuels a generator for the production of electricity. This project carried particular importance for its founders, since they happen to live in the area. But beyond the personal connection to the region, there were other local factors that made the site an excellent location to demonstrate the potential for similar facilities across the country.