About Archaea

Archaea Energy is one of the fastest-growing Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) producers in the world.

The company began when Archaea's founders wanted to build a renewable natural gas (RNG) plant and convert the landfill they owned into a renewable energy center. The proposals they received did not meet the project requirements, and the cost was high. They weren’t sure if they could get a partner who had the capacity to deliver the project in a reliable and safe manner. Instead of accepting the status quo, the founders made the bold move to build the project themselves.

Their first RNG plant was completed for less than half the cost of outside estimates. This sprouted the idea that if they could formalize a cost-efficient manufacturing approach for RNG projects using the best available technologies and processes, they could achieve a competitive advantage with the thousands of landfill projects nationwide.

Archaea Energy was founded to redefine the industry by bringing a disciplined and sustainable approach to RNG project development. With funding from the Rice Investment Group and Saltonstall & Co. in 2018, Archaea assembled a world-class team of renewable energy experts and a portfolio of highly profitable RNG development projects. Archaea is on the path of developing the largest landfill gas (LFG) to RNG project in the world by the end of the year.

Archaea Energy is uniquely positioned to meet the future challenges of RNG development.

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The name Archaea (AR-kee-ah) is derived from the Greek word  archaios, meaning “ancient.” Archaea is the class of microorganisms which produce  methane as a natural by-product of anaerobic decomposition. This ancient biological process is the same that turns waste into the opportunity for renewable energy today. 

Mission & Values

Capturing emissions from landfill gas (LFG) is environmentally equivalent to electrifying ~75% of U.S. passenger vehicles.

The growth of U.S. landfill waste for the next 20-30 years gives us 40-60 years of feedstock visibility for RNG. Archaea forms collaborative partnerships with landfill owners to harness the power of their biogas. Our mission is to achieve negative Carbon Intensity (CI) scores while significantly reducing development costs by deploying novel technologies including CO2 sequestration and LFG to Green Hydrogen projects.

Our business is built around the core values of safety, sustainability, collaboration, responsibility, integrity and respect. We are committed to a results-driven approach that:

1

Reduces Carbon Emissions.

Capturing and using landfill gas prevents greenhouse gases 25x more harmful than CO2 from being released into the atmosphere.

2

Achieves Sustainability.

Landfill RNG reduces the reliance on fossil fuels and reuses waste by recycling its remaining energy content.

3

Improves Air Quality

RNG can improve air quality. It burns cleaner and with lower particulates than traditional fossil vehicle fuels.

Archaea Energy develops, constructs and manages projects for the entirety of an energy project’s lifecycle. Our goal is to deliver predictable renewable natural gas and hydrogen production. With our experienced management team, we are helping landfills and off-take partners harness the power of RNG, all guided by the company’s values and strong commitment towards sustainability.

We empower organizations to do their part to solve global climate problems.

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In the Spotlight

Archaea’s Project near Scranton, PA will be the World’s Largest LFG to RNG Plant

Archaea is currently constructing a high-BTU RNG facility capable of producing ~5 million MMBtu/year of RNG.

“Partnering with Archaea to bring these RNG volumes into our distribution system provides us with the opportunity to continue growing in an environmentally responsible way, and enhances and expands our commitment to offer energy solutions that are innovative, efficient and beneficial to the environment.”

-Hans Bell, President of UGI Utilities (February 2021)

Team

Nicholas Stork

Nicholas Stork

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Nicholas Stork

Nicholas Stork

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Nick has experience developing energy businesses and leading corporations focused on environmentalism. Before founding and serving as CEO of Archaea Energy, Nick was the CFO and Director of Noble Environmental, Inc., a Pittsburgh, PA industry-leading environmental services company focused on providing innovative solutions to solid waste management companies. As a Manager Partner with Noble House Capital, Nick was responsible for investing and business development in the Appalachian Basin.

Nick is also a former principal with Baleen Capital Management, a global value investment firm in New York, NY where he was focused on finding innovative companies through deep primary work. He also worked as a member of the business development and corporate finance team with Three Rivers Natural Resources, a Riverstone-backed E&P company in the Permian Basin of Texas. Nick is a Dartmouth College graduate.

Richard Walton

Richard Walton

President and Co-Founder

Richard Walton

Richard Walton

President and Co-Founder

As Co-Founder and President of Archaea Energy, Rich oversees the process of gas extraction at partner sites, manages business operations, and works to increase awareness of the benefits of RNG nationwide. Before working at Archaea Energy, Rich was the CEO and Director of Noble Environmental, Inc., a Pittsburgh, PA industry-leading environmental services company focused on providing innovative solutions to solid waste management companies. At Noble’s municipal waste site, Rich oversaw the operation of a 2000 scfm high-BTU project.

Rich was also the CEO of Redstone International, a services company that specializes in deep foundations, earth retention, and shoring systems and grouting solutions. Before Redstone, Rich was an investor with the private equity firm AlpInvest in New York, NY and an investment banker with Citigroup. Rich graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.

Brian McCarthy

Brian McCarthy

Chief Investment Officer and Co-Founder

Brian McCarthy

Brian McCarthy

Chief Investment Officer and Co-Founder

Brian is the Chief Investment Officer of Archaea Energy where he is responsible for the company’s capital structure, investments, and business development. Before Archaea Energy, Brian was a research associate at Saltonstall and Co. (S&Co.), a Boston-based financial services company and equity sponsor of Archaea Energy. At S&Co. Brian was responsible for identifying energy investment opportunities and supporting capital growth in companies focused on sustainability.

Before moving to S&Co., Brian was an analyst with Stevens Capital Management, Schneider Capital Management, and Goldman Sachs. Brian graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied Physics and Economics.

Charlie Anderson

Charlie Anderson

Director of Gas Processing and Co-Founder

Charlie Anderson

Charlie Anderson

Director of Gas Processing and Co-Founder

Charlie has over 30 years of experience developing energy solutions. As the Director of Gas Processing at Archaea Energy, Charlie is responsible for managing the RNG lifecycle from landfill or farm to pipeline. He also supports innovation in the RNG industry via his AndersonRNG consulting company in Delaware.

Before joining Archaea Energy, Charlie managed the membrane gas separation processes at Air Liquide for 26 years. While at Air Liquide, he invented and patented the leading landfill gas membrane system followed by the development of this technology into a major business segment for Air Liquide in the US and Europe. This technology and associated design guidelines are being used at 25 landfill RNG projects in the United States. Charlie graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1972 with a degree in Aerospace Engineering.

Eric Javidi

Eric Javidi

Chief Financial Officer

Eric Javidi

Eric Javidi

Chief Financial Officer

Eric Javidi is the Chief Financial Officer of Archaea Energy, leading the Company’s financial operations and strategy and help drive its financial performance and strategic growth. Prior to joining Archaea, Mr. Javidi served as the CFO of CrossAmerica Partners (NYSE: CAPL), a leading wholesale fuels distributor and owner and lessor of real estate in the retail distribution of motor fuels. Prior to his role at CrossAmerica Partners, Mr. Javidi was the President and CEO of Southcross Holdings GP, LLC, the general partner of Southcross Holdings LP, an energy infrastructure company that provides natural gas gathering, treating, processing and transportation services. Mr. Javidi managed the business operations of Southcross, which ultimately resulted in the successful divestiture of Southcross Holdings’ assets, extinguishment of its liabilities and the liquidation of Southcross Holdings.

Eric holds a Master of Business Administration from Duke University and a bachelor’s in economics from the University of California.

Ted Yowonske

Ted Yowonske

Chief Development Officer

Ted Yowonske

Ted Yowonske

Chief Development Officer

Ted has over 10 years of experience working on electrical engineering innovation, industrial plant processes and large construction projects. Ted leads Archaea’s development team, advising on investment opportunities and growth strategy. Before working at Archaea, Ted led the commissioning team for Noble Environmental's 2000 scfm high-BTU RNG plant. He has also held engineering and management positions at Ansaldo-STS Hitachi, ICxt - FLIR, and Cattron-Theimeg. Ted holds a Master of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Pittsburg and a bachelor's in electrical engineering from Penn State University.

Lauren Turner

Lauren Turner

Senior Manager, Renewable Sales & Development

Lauren Turner

Lauren Turner

Senior Manager, Renewable Sales & Development

Lauren provides expert guidance on sales strategy, project development, and technology marketing. Before working at Archaea, Lauren was the Senior Associate Engineer for the public accounting firm Weaver and as a Manager in Marketing & Strategy at Air Liquide. Lauren holds a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Michael Mitariten

Michael Mitariten

Director of Gas Technologies

Michael Mitariten

Michael Mitariten

Director of Gas Technologies

In his role at Archaea, Mike helps lead the technology development efforts for biogas upgrading, hydrogen production and carbon capture.  He has over 35 years of experience in gas separations for the biogas, natural gas and hydrogen markets including PSA and TSA adsorption, membrane separations, amine and physical solvent processes and cryogenic processing.  In these areas he holds 23 patents and has been responsible for the process design and supply of hundreds of gas separation systems.  Mike graduated from Manhattan College with a degree in Chemical Engineering and has a Professional Engineering license in the State of New York.

Whit Martin

Whit Martin

VP of Corporate Development

Whit Martin

Whit Martin

VP of Corporate Development

Whit leads acquisitions and other corporate development activities at Archaea.  Before joining the company, Whit served in senior financial and development roles for Air Liquide, including as Global Head of M&A from 2017-2020 in Paris as well as the head of M&A for the Americas from 2014-2017.  Whit led some of the largest and most transformative transactions in the company's history.  He also served as VP of Corporate Finance and Treasurer of Voltaix, a high-growth advanced electronic materials business where he managed the financial development of the company through several rounds of equity and debt financing, construction of new global manufacturing sites, the establishment of strategic joint ventures, and the sale of Voltaix to Air Liquide in 2013.

Whit is a former VP in the investment banking groups of Credit Suisse and ING Barings in their New York offices.  He received a BA from Tufts University and an MBA from the Owen School at Vanderbilt University.