The CBA is currently accepting biogas and renewable natural gas abstracts to be considered for either or both conferences. Value of Biogas WEST and EAST are Canada’s Premier Biogas and Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Conferences, and the best way to connect with the industry network. Please visit our Value of Biogas Call for Abstracts web page for submission details. The deadline for abstract submissions is September 15th. A reminder to save the date for the Canadian Biogas Association’s exciting and informative annual Value of Biogas conferences. Value of Biogas WEST will take place in Abbotsford, BC on January 16th and 17th, and Value of Biogas EAST will be in Gatineau on March 22nd and 23rd. Enhance your company’s exposure to municipal, industrial, and agricultural sectors in Canada by becoming a sponsor for the Value of Biogas. Check out our Sponsorship Package and for more information.
On August 25th, the CBA issued two press releases communicating industry recommendations for policy support to drive development of biogas and renewable natural gas. A national press release highlighted the need for policies that support the development of biogas and RNG across the country. An Ontario specific press release focused on the need to develop RNG markets in light of the emerging policies in the province. CBA is advocating for policies that mandate a renewable content requirement of 10% RNG by 2030, pricing on average of $21/GJ for RNG or $0.18/kWh for renewable electricity to create sustainable biogas business models for facility developers, and funding to support innovation and opportunities to maximize benefits of the proven, low-risk biogas solution.
The CBA and FortisBC have partnered to develop an interactive Renewable Natural Gas Projects in British Columbia Map. FortisBC is working closely with their suppliers to bring renewable energy to British Columbians. In March 2017, the province of BC amended the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Regulation to include a renewable portfolio allowance of up to 5% RNG on the natural gas system. This creates a greater opportunity to grow the RNG supply in BC further reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Renewable natural gas from biogas is a readily available, renewable source of energy and one of the most environmentally sound fuels available for use in BC homes and businesses.More Updates
On August 30th, Ontario Environment and Climate Change Minister Chris Ballard announced the $377 million Green Ontario Fund, also to be known as GreenON. The Green Ontario Fund is a not-for-profit provincial agency that invests proceeds from Ontario’s cap and trade program into climate actions that assist residents and businesses to reduce GHG emissions and use cleaner technology to power their homes and workplaces. Programs for municipalities and innovative technologies have already been announced. More GreenON programs for residents, businesses and industry will be announced in the coming months. Over the next three years, the Green Ontario Fund will deliver programs and services outline in Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan. Visit GreenON.ca to learn more.
Gaz Métro has been actively involved in facilitating the development of RNG projects in municipalities since the very beginning of the RNG energy sector in Quebec. In July, Gaz Métro submitted a package of measures to the Régie de l’énergie that would make it possible to further increase the competitiveness of RNG production and the development of RNG projects in Québec. Recommended measures for purchasing parameters for RNG include the introduction of a feed-in tariff ranging from $7/GJ to $22/GJ depending on the production capacity of the project, and contract terms ranging from 5 to 20 years to facilitate the financial planning of RNG projects. While this demonstrates Gaz Métro’s commitment, this is an ongoing regulatory process. Although the Régie de l’énergie has issued a favorable opinion to the Government of Québec regarding certain aspects of the development of the RNG industry, the position of the Régie de l’énergie is expected to become clear over the course of the next year. This is a major step forward that will further support municipalities in their commitment to implementing RNG projects
On August 14th, Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, announced that Ontario is investing in local projects that will help to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution by launching a new program for municipalities across the province. This initiative is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and is funding by proceeds from the province’s carbon market. Ontario’s new Municipal GHG Challenge Fund will support projects such as renewable energy and energy efficiency retrofits to municipal facilities like arenas, and making energy-efficiency upgrades to drinking water or wastewater treatment plants, to achieve long-term and cost-effective pollution reductions.More News
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