Greenholm Farms is a family dairy farm, milking 190 cows with an additional 750 acres of feed and cash crops. The farm is operated by father-son team, Gord and Dave Green, following generations before them – the Green family has been in farming since 1843. The Greens worked with PlanET Biogas Solutions to install a 2,077m3 digester system and produce 250kW of energy. Greenholm Farms is part of the Biogas Association tour on April 4th during the Building Biogas Knowledge Events.
Link to industry members
The Biogas Association’s Organic Materials Primer for Biogas is now complete and will be published online for free download soon. The Primer was developed with funding support from Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Primer is a research initiative designed to build expertise and capacity within the Biogas Association in the area of organics diversion.
The Biogas Association assisted Environment Canada in designing a questionnaire that will be used to collect activity data on energy production, animal waste, off-farm co-digestion products used in digesters, and agricultural parameters that impact air emissions. Responses from all farm-based biogas systems in Canada will be sought in 2014.
The Biogas Association staff and Board of Directors conduct strategic planning each year. In 2014, this work is expanding to consider some key areas of focus in depth. To help plan, the next year, three years, and five years, the Biogas Association is hosting four industry meetings in May and June, 2014 on the following topics as they relate to biogas:
This will inform decisions at a special strategic planning session in October, 2014.
The Biogas Association continues to spread the word about renewable natural gas (RNG) as a vehicle fuel, actively developing the business and sustainability case and marketing the findings to a range of potential customers. See the RNG as Vehicle Fuel Project page for details.
In a major development, the Canadian Gas Association and Sustainable Development Technology Canada announced the creation of the SD Natural Gas Fund™. The new fund supports the development and demonstration of new downstream natural gas technology, including technology related to the development of renewable natural gas. The fund was created with a $15 million contribution over three years from the Canadian Gas Association (CGA) that is matched through SDTC’s SD Tech Fund™.
The Biogas Association participated in the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food’s one-day workshop on March 6th to promote environmentally sustainable solutions for the handling and re-use of unavoidable waste materials of Ontario’s food and beverage industries. The workshop explored best management practices, and tried to forge partnerships to address challenges and develop opportunities.
On March 14, the OPA published a report on their website outlining their recommendations to the Minister of Energy for the Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) Process.
In preparation for the Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) program, the draft Request for Qualifications (LRP I RFQ) has been posted for review and comment on the LRP web page.
The OPA has also posted an updated procurement schedule, as well as LRP-specific transmission availability tables (TAT tables) that identify specific circuits and transmission stations in the province where capacity for potential large renewable projects may be available.
To discuss the draft LRP I RFQ and TAT tables, the OPA will host a two-part webinar on April 15, 2014. The first segment will focus on the draft LRP I RFQ and answer questions on the draft requirements, and the second segment will discuss the preliminary available LRP capacity/TAT tables and answer capacity and connection-related questions. More information is available at www.powerauthority.on.ca/lrp.
Check out the impressive line-up of speakers at the Biogas Association’s 2014 Building Biogas Knowledge Workshop and Tours. View the complete agenda and speakers, including two streams of workshops. The comprehensive, new program this year is the must-attend event for potential biogas developers, and will help operators with existing systems that are striving to learn more and optimize their systems. The workshops are on April 3rd at the Guelph Holiday Inn, and the tours are April 4th at the following farms in the Guelph area: Greenholm, Clovermead, Koskamp, and Delft Blue Veal.
Toronto, Ontario – April 9-10, 2014
Biogas Association Chair John Hawkes is moderating a panel on biogas at this conference, which focuses on all renewable energy sources, hosted by OSEA
Toronto, April 23, 2014, hosted by ONEIA. Ontario’s leading environment and cleantech firms will attend to share their stories, connect with investors and financial service providers, discuss their challenges with government policy makers and network with each other.