The Biogas Association has completed its landmark project, quantifying the benefits of biogas. In 2013, it contracted with Kelleher Environmental to undertake a study called the Canadian Biogas Study: Benefits to the Economy, Environment, and Energy. Kelleher partnered with experts across the country to review over 80 national and international studies, reports and documents and to determine specific benefits from biogas in the areas of agriculture, commercial sector, landfills, source-separated organics, and wastewater treatment.
A summary of the findings is being distributed widely to policy makers, officials, affiliate organizations, and a range of stakeholders. The author and Biogas Association staff and directors are making presentations at conferences and events across the country, including the QUEST 2013 Conference in Toronto, and the Waste Management Expo in Montreal, both in November.
The Biogas Association hosted three 1-hour webinars from August to October, 2013, conveying time-sensitive and important content related to getting a biogas project grid connected, how to manage a FIT contract and how to prepare a strong biogas application for the FIT3 application window open now. Presentation materials and recordings of the webinars can be accessed on the member only section of the Biogas Association website. See Events Listings for upcoming webinars on the Canadian Biogas Study and Nutrient Management!
The Biogas Association was successful in its application to Growing Forward 2 for the project Development of RNG as a Vehicle Fuel. The project will help build a business model and resources from which to grow this emerging part of the biogas sector. Partners in the project include Bio-En Power, Stonecrest Engineering, Dairy Farmers of Canada, and Union Gas. The project has two main parts: communications development and business model development.
The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) is providing a more informative and interactive look into the regional planning process in the province, with a newly enhanced section of its website. The OPA conducts regional planning through the Integrated Regional Resource Planning (IRRP) process.
The OPA is now accepting applications for FIT projects with a proposed capacity of more than 10 kilowatts and generally up to 500 kilowatts. Information on the application period is available on the FIT website .
The OPA has posted an updated FIT/microFIT price schedule. Please note that prices listed in the January 1, 2014, price schedule have not changed from the August 26, 2013, price schedule. price schedule.
Detailed amendments have been posted to the Nutrient Management Regulation. Access to the amended regulation can be found at e-laws via this link.
A key feature is that facilities can now treat up to 50 per cent off-farm materials under the Regulated Mixed Anaerobic Digestion Facility (RMADF) program. Members can access additional details on the changes in the November Newsletter.More News
The Biogas Association and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food will provide details on the latest changes to the Nutrient Management regulation as they relate to regulated mixed anaerobic digestion facilities (RMADF). The one-hour webinar will be offered on December 18th at noon and highlight recent amendments, how the changes affect new biogas development as well as existing biogas systems, and important implementation timelines. Don Hilborn will present on behalf of OMAF, followed by a Q&A session. Register for the webinar here.
The Biogas Association is partnering with the American Biogas Council to communicate the findings of the Canadian Biogas Study, released in November. The webinar, on December 11th at noon, will communicate the results of a study commissioned by the Biogas Association which quantifies the energy potential of biogas in Canada from all biogas sources, specific environmental benefits, such as greenhouse gas emissions reductions, water quality and odour improvements. Speakers will then address the implications and lessons learned from this study on the biogas, energy, waste and agriculture industries in the US. Register for the webinar here.
The Biogas Association is proud to present a comprehensive, new program this year that meets the needs of operators with existing systems that are striving to learn more and optimize their systems. The 2014 Building Biogas Knowledge Workshop and Tours will be held in Guelph, Ontario April 3rd and 4th, 2014.