Canadian utility adds more RNG supply
Canadian utility FortisBC, which serves more than 1mn customers in British Columbia, said November 8 it had added some 800,000 GJ of renewable natural gas (RNG) to its supply portfolio, enough to allow another 8,800 homes in the province to become carbon neutral.
The RNG will be added to FortisBC’s system from three diverse sources: food waste from EverGen’s net zero waste project in Abbotsford, in BC’s Lower Mainland, agricultural waste from Faromar CNG in Ontario, and wastewater collected from Shell Energy North America in Iowa.
FortisBC is already receiving supplies from Faromar and Shell; supplies from EverGen are expected to come online in the next year.
“Increasing the amount of RNG in our system is an important aspect of reducing our customer’s emissions by 30% by 2030 and the provincial government’s CleanBC Roadmap,” said David Bennett, director of renewable gas and low carbon fuels at FortisBC. “RNG is an affordable and simple way to reduce emissions, without any expensive retrofits or changes to existing infrastructure.”
FortisBC said it has tripled the volume of RNG in its system supply over the past calendar year, and expects to triple it again by the end of 2022. It’s goal is to have 15% or more of its system supply as RNG by 2030, which would be enough to meet the carbon-neutral requirements of more than 333,000 homes.