Updates

CBA’s Response to COVID-19

We have all been affected in some way by the current COVID-19 pandemic and we wish you, your families and business all the best during these challenging times. We’d like to notify all biogas stakeholders that the CBA is operating business as usual virtually and we are here to support our members.  At the current time, biogas facilities and related businesses fall under essential businesses and can continue operation. List of essential businesses for Ontario and Quebec are available for reference. We will keep members updated should this situation change.

Drivers for Successful & Sustainable Biogas Projects International Perspectives Symposium

On March 26th, the CBA hosted the IEA Bioenergy Task 37 Drivers for Successful & Sustainable Biogas Projects International Perspectives Symposium for over 200 participants. International speakers from Australia, Austria, Finland Germany, Ireland, Netherlands and Sweden shared their biogas and renewable natural gas (RNG) experience. Participants learned about the history of, and lessons learned in, the biogas/RNG industry in specific countries and include for future perspectives. The CBA is preparing a summary report which will be shared via the IEA Bioenergy Task 37 webpage and posted on the CBA website. Stay tuned!

Nutrient Management General Regulation Amendment Proposal

On March 12th, the CBA provided input to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) on the discussion paper on amendments to the Nutrient Management General Regulation specifically related to anaerobic digestion. The key messages include balancing opportunity and environmental protection with an integrated long-term plan for the sustainability of the biogas industry, building on current success in a stepped approach, and encouraging similar efforts by other ministries to reduce regulatory burden.  The full submission is available to CBA members.

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Application for Acceptance of Biomethane Purchase Agreements between FortisBC Energy Inc and Tidal Energy Marketing

On February 27, 2020 The BCUC issued orders to accept the filling of an application for acceptance of two Biomethane Purchase Agreements between FortisBC Energy Inc (FEI) and Tidal Energy Marketing Inc. (Tidal Energy). The agreements will enable FortisBC to purchase RNG from two supply projects located in Ontario. This is the first long-term, interprovincial purchase of RNG in Canada by a natural gas utility. Purchasing out-of-province RNG is an important element of FortisBC reaching their goal of having 15 per cent of their natural gas supply be renewable by 2030. FortisBC plans to file additional out-of-province BPA’s in 2020.

Voluntary Renewable Natural Gas Program Application – Enbridge Gas

Voluntary Renewable Natural Gas Program Application – Enbridge Gas
Enbridge Gas Inc. has applied to the Ontario Energy Board (EB-2020-0066) on March 5, 2020 requesting approval of a Voluntary Renewable Natural Gas Program. Enbridge Gas applied for an Order or Orders to enable the Company to commence the operation of its Voluntary RNG Program in early 2021.  Enbridge Gas has developed a Voluntary RNG Program that will provide interested customers with the opportunity to pay a small monthly charge that will enable Enbridge Gas to purchase RNG as part of the Company’s overall gas supply. The amount of RNG procured will depend on the number of participants in the Voluntary RNG Program, the availability of RNG, as well as the cost difference between RNG and traditional natural gas at any given time.

Budget 2020-2021: A Financial Commitment to Develop the Renewable Natural Gas Sector in Quebec

Énergir announced March 10, 2020 they welcome the budgetary measures presented by the Minister of Finance, Mr. Éric Girard, which will promote the development of the renewable natural gas sector in Quebec. The 2020-2021 budget allocates $ 70 million to support the production and distribution of GNR until 2022. In March 2019, the government adopted a regulation that fixes the minimum quantity of GNR to be delivered by natural gas distributors at 1% in 2020, and 5% in 2025.

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Events

RNG iNET

April 8, Teleconference

Biogas #HANDS ON Online Biogas Training

April 20-29, Video Conference call via Zoom

BIOGAS AMERICAS – Powered by ABC

June 23-25, Las Vegas NV

RNG Forum

November 24-26, Drummondville, QC

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Press Releases

September 05

Canadian Associations Call for a National ‘Clean Fuel Strategy’ to Leverage Innovation and Sustainable Resources to Secure Investment in the Production and Use of Clean Fuels

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