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We’re seeking new RNG supply projects

FortisBC launched the first Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Program in Canada in 2011, and we continue to invest in new infrastructure to support locally-made RNG.1

As a leading supplier of energy in BC, FortisBC operates in 135 communities, serving more than 1.1 million customers. We’re uniquely positioned to purchase RNG from BC suppliers, and distribute it though our existing natural gas infrastructure to commercial and residential customers across the province.

Benefits for suppliers

With more than seven years of real-world RNG experience, FortisBC offers several benefits to RNG suppliers, including:

  • Alternative revenue - selling RNG to FortisBC provides a long-term revenue stream. FortisBC pays competitive rates to our suppliers. We use a financial model which considers the capital and operating costs associated with RNG upgrading and interconnection equipment, helping suppliers achieve a reasonable rate of return.
  • Partner stability – we’ve owned and operated natural gas infrastructure in BC for more than 60 years and have invested approximately $15 million dollars in RNG infrastructure to date. RNG purchase agreements with our suppliers are typically between 10-20 years in length. We operate with transparency, receiving oversight from the BC Utilities Commission.
  • Proven RNG expertise – we currently work with four RNG supply projects, successfully operating two of our own RNG purification facilities. Two more suppliers are set to come online in 2018. Having worked with RNG suppliers for more than seven years, our team has considerable experience and expertise in RNG processing and delivery.
  • Established market – FortisBC has a growing RNG customer base wanting a carbon neutral energy source to help them meet their long-term sustainability goals. As of January 2018, our RNG program has more than 9,000 customers.

If you’re interested in becoming a supplier, please review the information below and email us at biogasprogram@fortisbc.com. Please note, FortisBC chooses new projects at its sole discretion.

Renewable Portfolio Allowance – RNG Program expansion

In March 2017, the province of BC amended the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Regulation to include a renewable portfolio allowance of up to 5% RNG on the natural gas system. This creates a greater opportunity to grow the RNG supply in BC, helping to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Evaluation of projects

We’re committed to developing projects that are in the best interest of our customers. Each project’s unique characteristics are given careful consideration, but they must also meet certain minimum requirements. We look at the following criteria when evaluating projects:

Economics

​Potential projects are evaluated on an economic basis according to a financial model. The model takes into account all of the costs associated with producing a high-quality, safe biomethane for consumers. This includes costs for equipment, operation, maintenance, use of existing FortisBC infrastructure and the price of either biogas or biomethane. Once calculated, the full cost of delivered biomethane must be below a pre-determined threshold.

Proposed technology

​We have a responsibility to provide our customers with a safe, affordable and reliable energy supply. We use proven biogas purification equipment to ensure the biomethane meets the same quality standards our customers have come to rely upon for conventional natural gas.

Supplier stability

​As with technology, our biogas project suppliers need to be reliable—in it for the long-term.

Project location and existing FortisBC infrastructure

​Any proposed location must be in close proximity to our existing natural gas system. In addition, each location will have local gas system load characteristics that may limit the amount of gas that can be accepted.

Regulatory approval

​As a regulated utility, FortisBC is required to submit potential projects to the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) for review. Unless noted specifically, all projects must meet the requirements of the BCUC.

Resources

  • Canadian Biogas Association is the collective voice of biogas industry and it provides valuable resources for the exploration of new developments and new markets for RNG.
  • For the agricultural sector, please refer to “Developers Guides”.
  • For municipalities, please refer to “Closing the Loop” for a collaborative initiative of the Canadian Biogas Association, municipalities, food processors and their energy and waste partners to close the loop on organic materials by diverting these materials from landfill, and using them to generate biogas and RNG. You can also read about the City of Surrey Biofuel project.

Questions?

Want more information? Email us at biogasprogram@fortisbc.com.

 

1Renewable Natural Gas is produced in a different manner than conventional natural gas. It is derived from biogas, which is produced from decomposing organic waste from landfills, agricultural waste and wastewater from treatment facilities. The biogas is captured and cleaned to create carbon neutral Renewable Natural Gas (also called biomethane).