FortisBC and the City of Vancouver have received regulatory approval from the British Columbia Utilities Commission to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) at the City’s landfill in Delta.
“This new and substantial supply will bring us closer to our target of having 15 per cent of our gas supply be renewable by 2030―a key deliverable within our 30BY30 Target to reduce our customers’ greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent by 2030,” said Douglas Stout, vice-president of external relations and market development for FortisBC. “This is our largest RNG project to date and the RNG generated from the landfill will be delivered into the local natural gas distribution system as a renewable source of energy.”
FortisBC works with local farmers and municipalities to capture and purify biogas created by decomposing organic matter to create RNG. Construction of the biogas facility will begin in 2020 and take around 18 to 24 months to complete.
In the fall of 2017, FortisBC and the city of Vancouver established a memorandum of understanding which highlighted a range of activities over the next five years designed to reduce GHG emissions.
“This is a significant step forward in our ongoing efforts to maximize the beneficial use of the gas we recover at the landfill,” said Cheryl Nelms, acting general manager for engineering services for the City of Vancouver. “Conversion of landfill gas to renewable natural gas, which can then be used in City vehicles and facilities, supports our efforts to address the climate emergency and cut carbon pollution by 50 per cent by 2030.”
FortisBC RNG customers have helped reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 26,800 tonnes which is equivalent to taking more than 5,600 cars off the road each year.
For more information on RNG, visit fortisbc.com/RNG.