Portland, Oregon-based NW Natural Renewables Holdings LLC announced Jan. 27 that it has hired Michael Kotyk as president. NW Natural Renewables is a wholly owned subsidiary of Northwest Natural Holding Co. and a new line of business that focuses on providing renewable natural gas (RNG) to a variety of sectors.
“We know how important renewables, particularly renewable natural gas, are to addressing climate change,” said David H. Anderson, president and CEO of NW Natural Holdings. “As a leader in this space, we are ready and resourced to pursue these opportunities even more aggressively.”
With more than 25 years of experience, Kotyk has been at the forefront of the RNG market as the head of business development in North America for EDL, a leading global producer of sustainable distributed energy, and in various leadership positions in business development at DTE Energy’s non-regulated affiliates. He has a proven track record of developing RNG and other renewable fuel projects from the initial identification stage all the way to completion and operation of the facilities. He holds a Master of Business Administration and a bachelor’s in finance.
“I’m excited to grow the renewable business for NW Natural Holdings,” Kotyk said. “This is a fantastic opportunity to work at a company that has a proven track record of leading time and time again on sustainability and is uniquely positioned for success in this market.”
NW Natural Renewables is a newly formed subsidiary of NW Natural Holdings committed to leading in the energy transition and providing renewable natural gas to the utility, commercial, industrial and transportation sectors. NW Natural Renewables is focused on providing cost-effective solutions to decarbonize a variety of sectors, using existing waste streams and renewable energy resources. These efforts are separate and in addition to NW Natural’s gas utility efforts related to RNG and hydrogen.
“The renewable business is a natural progression for us as a leader in addressing the energy transition,” Anderson said. “We have strong confidence in the long-term demand for renewable natural gas across the country and across various customer classes. This business represents a significant opportunity for us in a fast-growing market segment.”
NW Natural Renewables has already executed agreements to commit $50 million toward the development of two production facilities that are designed to convert landfill waste gases to RNG and connect gas production to existing regional pipeline networks. We’ve also executed agreements designed to secure a 20-year supply of RNG that NW Natural Renewables intends to market primarily under long-term contracts.Tags: NW Natural, NW Natural Renewables, Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)