Scott Madison is EVP, business development and gas supply at Intermountain Gas. Paul Kjellander is Senior Advisor at Public Utilities Fortnightly.
MDU Resources has a fascinating history, starting out in 1924 as a small electric utility serving a handful of farming communities on the border of Montana and North Dakota. Today, MDU Resources is a Fortune 500 company with operations, customers, and employees across the country. Its MDU Utilities Group includes Cascade Natural Gas Corporation, Intermountain Gas Company, Montana-Dakota Utilities Co., and Great Plains Natural Gas Co.
Like most energy and utilities companies, it is undergoing changes on the road to decarbonization. Renewable natural gas is playing a big part in this case. Efforts vary depending on the state, but entry into a relatively new business with new technologies means embracing change.
The journey is fascinating and PUF's Paul Kjellander sat down with an expert on all things involving RNG, MDU Resources' Scott Madison, EVP, business development and gas supply at Intermountain Gas. Enjoy this conversation.
PUF's Paul Kjellander: As we start to look at renewable natural gas and MDU Utilities Group has natural gas distribution operations serving over a million customers in eight states, how does RNG factor into the mix of resources for MDU?
Scott Madison: We are spending a lot of time on RNG, currently. We see it as a way to decarbonize our traditional gas stream and allow us to capture methane that otherwise would be venting through other processes and deliver it to customers.