Canada’s natural gas distribution and transmission companies deliver energy solutions to homes, businesses, and institutions in communities from coast to coast to coast. Today well over half of the Canadian population relies on affordable, clean, safe, and reliable natural gas in homes, apartments, buildings, hospitals, schools, businesses and industry. Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) is a small but growing part of the supply mix meeting those energy needs.
RNG is natural gas produced from organic waste from farms, forests, landfills, and water treatment plants. The gas is captured, cleaned, and injected in pipelines to be used in the same way as natural gas by homes, businesses, institutions, and industry. Harnessing even 10 per cent of Canada’s RNG potential would generate enough clean energy to heat 1 million Canadian homes for a year.
Canadian natural gas utilities are well positioned to be leaders in supporting RNG using the existing gas pipeline infrastructure and natural gas equipment without significant new investment. Several Canadian gas utilities are involved in a number of innovative RNG projects. For example, customers in Abbotsford, British Columbia, have been receiving RNG from on-farm agricultural waste, since 2010 as part of a project between Fraser Valley Biogas and FortisBC. A second project in BC, illustrated in this photo, was also opened up at the Salmon Arm landfill. In Ontario, the City of Hamilton established an arrangement with Union Gas in 2011, adding RNG produced from a waste water treatment plant into the utility’s distribution network.
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Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Technology Roadmap for Canada
December 2014 – The Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Report was written by CanmetENERGY with participation from leading RNG experts from across Canada including representatives from Canada’s natural gas utilities, biogas producers, technology supplies, academic and research groups, and federal and provincial governments. The report identifies market barriers, technologies, research and development, and marketing and investment decisions needed to support the development of a RNG sector in Canada by 2020.