Updates

Developing a Voluntary RNG Market in Ontario Seminar

On May 10, 2019 the CBA hosted a seminar, Developing a Voluntary RNG Market in Ontario, in Toronto with over 40 attendees. The seminar discussed common elements of voluntary RNG programs, examples from other jurisdictions, and what is being proposed in Ontario. Attendees learned about factors inflecting participation in voluntary RNG programs, requirements for producers, average cost to customers, and the details of Enbridge Gas Inc. voluntary RNG proposal. Materials were developed to compliment the seminar including an Introduction to Voluntary RNG Markets in North America reference sheet and a Community Benefits of Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas infographic.

Proposed Amendments to the Fertilizer Regulation

On May 21st, the CBA met with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to discuss proposed amendments to the Fertilizer Regulation that would impact the ability of the biogas industry to participate in the Fertilizer Label.  Proposed changes include changes to the minimum analysis requirements that would hinder the development of value-added products from organic materials and the associated environmental and economic benefits. CBA proposed an approach for the Fertilizer Regulation Amendment that would maintain the benefits of fertilizer derived from digestate from anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities. The CBA recommended the CFIA maintain the minimum analysis requirement, meeting monthly pathogen and heavy metals testing requirements.

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Canada’s Bioeconomy Strategy: Leveraging our Strengths for a Sustainable Future

Canada’s first national Bioeconomy Strategy, Leveraging our Strengths for a Sustainable Future released May 14, 2019 by Bioindustrial Innovation Canada reflects the views of more than 400 industry representatives from across the country. The Strategy recommends action on four key priority areas identified in foundational work by the Advisory Council on Economic Growth, the Economic Sector Strategy Tables, and Canada’s forestry ministers. These priority areas are:1) Creating agile regulation and government policy; 2) Establishing biomass supply and stewardship; 3) Building strong companies and value chains; and 4) Building strong sustainable innovation ecosystems

Breakthrough Energy Solutions Canada Funding Opportunity

The NRCan Clean Growth Collaboration Community is excited to announce an investment of up to $30 million for a new initiative called Breakthrough Energy Solutions Canada (BESC) that will foster cutting-edge companies to deliver game-changing clean energy innovations to the market. Launched under a new stream of NRCan’s Energy Innovation Program, in partnership with Breakthrough Energy, BESC builds on the shared objectives of advancing a sustainable and resilient clean energy future. BESC is a first-of-its-kind public–private initiative aimed at accelerating the development of clean energy technologies in the electricity, transportation, buildings and manufacturing sectors with the potential for substantial pollution reductions globally. Learn more about BESC: www.nrcan.gc.ca/breakthrough

Research supports opportunities for Ontario’s wastewater treatment plants to process off-site organics and generate RNG

The primary goal of wastewater treatment is to remove organic material and nutrients that can hurt lakes and rivers and be detrimental to human health. No question, that’s a critical job. But more and more municipalities across Ontario are adding a second objective: extracting value from wastewater. And there’s plenty of value to squeeze out. An article posted by the Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC) outlines findings a series of three reports produced by University of Waterloo engineering professors Wayne Parker and Chao Jin.  The work was supported by SOWC to drive broader adoption of anaerobically digesting wastewater sludge to produce biogas and RNG and address knowledge gaps.

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Events

RNG iNET

RNG iNET

June 26, Teleconference

UK AD and World Biogas Expo

July 3-4, Birmingham UK

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Press Releases

July 18

Biogas Industry Responds to Termination of Energy Contracts

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Featured Member

May 30

Sauer Compressors USA, Inc.

Sauer Compressors USA

Sauer Compressors is a worldwide supplier and manufacturer of medium to high pressure compressors for pressures of up to 7,250 psi for different applications.  Globally they cover major market share for compressors in defence, marine, and commercial shipping.

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