The 2017 Value of Biogas East events in Toronto on March 23-24 was a great success with over 200 attendees! Delegates and exhibitors benefited from two days of networking at Canada’s biggest biogas event connecting representatives across the sector. At a time of rapid policy development in areas related to clean alternative fuels like Renewable Natural Gas, climate change and greenhouse gas reduction, waste diversion, carbon credits and protocol adaptation, there remains much optimism for future development in the biogas sector.
On March 23rd, CBA hosted a second RNG Workshop for Municipalities to educate municipal and public sector staff on the financial viability of RNG projects based on scenarios and policies in development, as well as gas standards, guidelines, costs and procedures for grid connection. A policy landscape, funding opportunities and case studies were also included in the half-day workshop. Check out the RNG Toolkit posted on the RNG Outreach and Market Development webpage.
The CBA is pleased to welcome the 2017 Board of Directors following the AGM election on March 23rd. Meet your new Board of Directors. We continue to grow our depth and expertise adding representation from Alberta to complement the technology providers, consultants, utilities, and a municipality.
The CBA is completing a Study on Fuelling Farm Vehicles with Compressed Biogas with support from Natural Resources Canada. The study will educate farmers and technology providers on opportunities to utilize biogas to fuel farm vehicles, evaluate applications and provide a cost-benefit analysis. Work on the study is currently underway and will be published mid-2017.More Updates
On March 1st, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray announced Ontario’s Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario: Building the Circular Economy. This new strategy outlines the province’s plan to fight climate change by reducing landfilled materials that could otherwise be reused, recycled, composted and reintegrated into the economy. The strategy includes 15 concrete actions to build up the province’s circular economy and help reduce GHG emissions from landfills, including implementing a framework to reduce the volume of food and organic waste going to landfills.
On March 7th, the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources released a report titled Positioning Canada’s Electricity Sector in a Carbon Constrained Future. It’s a first in a series of interim reports the committee will release this year as part of its study on Canada’s transition to a low-carbon economy. This report focuses on what Canada’s electricity sector has done to reduce GHG emissions and how it can cut them more to help meet Canada’s commitments under the Paris Agreement on climate change. The CBA presented to the committee in May 2016 to educate senators about biogas and RNG and it’s potential to help Canada achieve its 2030 GHG targets.
The Government of British Columbia is taking action under the Climate Leadership Plan to support investments by natural gas utilities that will increase the use of LNG and RNG in the transportation, marine and other sectors and reduce GHG emissions. Amendments made to the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Regulation enables utilities to increase the supply and use of RNG. The programs will be funded by the utility and not the province. Colton Aston who is part of the RNG Team at Fortis BC says “This is a clear vote of confidence from the Provincial Government in the existing FortisBC RNG program. The potentially higher price and volume will open up many more opportunities.” Referred to as a Renewable Portfolio Allowance for RNG, the public utility can procure RNG up to 5% by volume per year and may pay up to $30 per GJ for that supply. Aston notes that “FortisBC will work very hard with suppliers to source the most economical projects in the near term so we don’t expect to reach $30 per GJ any time soon”. Read the full news release here.More News
April 10-12, Minneapolis MN
April 12, Mississauga ON
April 24-28, Germany
May 2-5, Germany and Austria
Lethbridge Biogas LP owns and operates one of Canada’s largest non-municipal anaerobic digestion facilities in Lethbridge, Alberta and has been in operation since late 2013. The Lethbridge biogas plant is a commercial site that collects material from various sources and generates electricity to sell to the Alberta grid.