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​We wouldn’t be able to offer the Renewable Natural Gas program without our dedicated local suppliers.1 They’ve invested a lot into this program because they understand the environmental benefits, and they believe in the potential of biogas to create not only sustainable energy, but a sustainable business model.

 

 Seabreeze Dairy Farm (Delta)

 



​Seabreeze Dairy Farm in Delta combines anaerobic digestion and a biogas upgrading plant to produce high-quality biomethane, or Renewable Natural Gas, from the manure of the farm’s dairy cows along with organic waste from the Metro Vancouver area. FortisBC operates the interconnection facility at this project, monitoring gas quality and connecting this source of Renewable Natural Gas to customers.

The byproducts created as a result of this process includes hygienic bedding for the cows and a nutrient rich digestate which becomes fertilizer for growing crops to feed the cows, creating a sustainable loop of food, waste and energy.

Annual production: 45,000 gigajoules (GJ) of Renewable Natural Gas, which is enough to heat about 500 homes for a year.2

 

 Surrey Biofuel Facility

 

If you live in Surrey, your food scraps and yard waste will be turned into Renewable Natural Gas.

FortisBC is working with the City of Surrey to produce Renewable Natural Gas at the Surrey Biofuel Facility. A closed loop organics processing operation will be in place to collect and process curbside organic waste from Surrey residents and businesses. Along with compost, biogas will also be produced by the facility which will then be captured and upgraded to Renewable Natural Gas. This gas will eventually be used to power Surrey’s waste collection trucks as well as the City’s growing fleet of natural gas fuelled vehicles. The facility is expected to begin operation in late 2017.

Annual Production: Once fully operational, the Surrey Biofuel Facility will produce approximately 100,000 gigajoules of Renewable Natural Gas, which is enough energy to heat more than 1,100 homes for a year.2

 

 Fraser Valley Biogas

 



If you’ve eaten Hardbite chips, you’ve indirectly supported the production of Renewable Natural Gas. Heppell’s Potato Corp makes Hardbite chips and also owns and operates Fraser Valley Biogas in Abbotsford, which turns Hardbite chip waste, off-grade potatoes, and other organic waste into Renewable Natural Gas.

Fraser Valley Biogas combines anaerobic digestion (breaking down organic matter in an oxygen-free environment) and a biogas upgrading plant to produce high-quality biomethane, or Renewable Natural Gas, from agricultural and food processing waste. FortisBC operates the interconnection facility at this project, monitoring gas quality and connecting this source of Renewable Natural Gas to customers.

In addition to producing Renewable Natural Gas, this project produces nutrient rich fertilizer for use on surrounding farms and contributes to the local economy through job creation.

Annual production: 90,000 gigajoules of Renewable Natural Gas, which is enough to heat more than 1,000 homes for a year.2

 

 Salmon Arm Landfill

 



​At the Salmon Arm Landfill, we’re working with the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) to upgrade biogas derived from landfill gas so it can be injected into the local natural gas distribution system. By owning and operating the biogas upgrading plant, we’re playing an active role in the success of this project. Since it began production, the project has already won a Sustainable Community Award for capturing and using landfill gas, and provides a model for similar projects in British Columbia and across Canada.

Annual production: Approximately 15,000 gigajoules of Renewable Natural Gas, which is enough energy to heat more than 160 homes for a year.2

 

 Glenmore Landfill (Kelowna)

 

​For this project, FortisBC installed a biogas upgrading plant that uses gas from the Glenmore Landfill in Kelowna. In cooperation with the City of Kelowna, this project is the second in Canada with a purification plant at a landfill capable of meeting strict pipeline standards for gas quality.

Annual production: 45,000 gigajoules (GJ) of Renewable Natural Gas in the first full year of operation, which is enough to heat more than 500 homes.2 Over the project life, this annual amount is expected to double.

 

 Future projects

 

​FortisBC has received approval from the BC Utilities Commission for two additional Renewable Natural Gas purchase agreements. These agreements will result in new RNG production facilities located in two other Lower Mainland municipalities. The projects are expected to proceed over the next two years and include Dicklands Farm in Chilliwack and the Lulu Island Wastewater Treatment Plant in Richmond.

Helping provide a closed loop for our suppliers

A few of our suppliers are creating valuable byproducts through the process of capturing and refining biogas. They’re able to extract high-quality mulch or fertilizer, and nutrient-rich water from the biodegradable waste. These byproducts are used by local farms to grow new crops.

 

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).

2Number of homes based on average Lower Mainland use of 90GJ annually