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FortisBC teams with Lethbridge Biogas to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in B.C.

Aug 12, 2021

Lethbridge Biogas supplying enough energy to meet the needs of around 3,800 B.C. homes

SURREY, BC, August 12, 2021: To help meet public demand for more renewable energy, FortisBC Energy Inc. (FortisBC) is now receiving carbon-neutral Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) from Lethbridge Biogas LP (Lethbridge Biogas). Following expansion of their facility to add a biogas upgrading system, Lethbridge Biogas signed an agreement to provide FortisBC with up to 350,000 gigajoules of RNG annually. This is FortisBC’s third source of RNG from outside of the province to date as the company continues to add new volumes of renewable gases and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“Greenhouse gases don’t recognize provincial borders, so our efforts to combat them shouldn’t be limited by geographical borders either. That’s why, while we continue to develop local sources of RNG, we’re also searching for opportunities to bring more RNG supply into our system from outside of the province,” explained David Bennett, director of renewable gas and low carbon fuels with FortisBC. “Not only are we continuing to increase the amount of RNG in our system, we’re now working with a fellow RNG forerunner in Lethbridge Biogas. It’s an exciting time for us.”

When bacteria breaks down organic waste from sources such as landfill sites, agricultural waste and wastewater from treatment facilities, it produces a biogas mostly made of methane. FortisBC can capture and purify this biogas to create RNG, a carbon-neutral energy source, rather than releasing methane into the environment. As RNG mixes seamlessly into the existing natural gas infrastructure, it displaces equivalent volumes of conventional natural gas and lowers greenhouse gas emissions overall.

“RNG has become a highly sought-after commodity to reduce the carbon footprint in the natural gas supply chain. We are extremely thrilled about the opportunity to be part of FortisBC’s RNG supply system,” said Lethbridge Biogas director of operations Stefan Michalski. “This is a significant milestone for us, as we finally see full recognition for the value our facility provides in the context of environmental sustainability and greenhouse gas reductions. This allows us to expand on future feedstock opportunities and to offer reliable disposal options for organic waste in the region for decades to come.”

Lethbridge Biogas has been a pioneer in biogas development, and has been operating its anaerobic digestion facility with a processing capacity of 100,000 tonnes per year since late 2013. In 2017, Lethbridge Biogas commissioned a thermal hydrolysis system, approved by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, as a commercial application which provides unique disposal services for animal by-products including Specified Risk Material. From 2020 to 2021, Lethbridge Biogas added a biogas upgrading system to be able to produce RNG for grid injection. The facility is the largest agricultural based biogas facility in Western Canada and is unique in terms of design and scope all over North America.

Advancing carbon-neutral energies such as RNG is a crucial element of FortisBC’s 30BY30 target – the organization’s goal to reduce its customers’ greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent by 2030. As part of its 30BY30 target, FortisBC is also working towards having 15 per cent of its natural gas supply be renewable by 2030, which is in line with commitments outlined in the Province’s CleanBC plan.

For more information on FortisBC RNG, visit: fortisbc.com/RNG.

For more information on Lethbridge Biogas, visit lethbridgebiogas.ca.

 

Media contact

Diana Sorace
Corporate Communications Advisor
FortisBC
Phone: 604-328-0790
Email: diana.sorace@fortisbc.com
fortisbc.com
24-hour media line: 1-855-322-6397

Stefan Michalski
Director of Operations
Lethbridge Biogas LP
Phone: 403-382-8409
Email: stefan@ecbna.com

About FortisBC Energy Inc.
FortisBC Energy Inc. is a regulated utility focused on providing safe and reliable energy, including natural gas, renewable gas, propane and thermal energy solutions. FortisBC Energy Inc. employs more than 1,900 British Columbians and serves approximately 1,054,097 customers across British Columbia. FortisBC Energy Inc. owns and operates approximately 50,182 kilometres of natural gas transmission and distribution pipelines. FortisBC Energy Inc. is a subsidiary of Fortis Inc., a leader in the North American regulated electric and gas utility industry. FortisBC Energy Inc. uses the FortisBC name and logo under license from Fortis Inc. For further information on FortisBC, visit www.fortisbc.com. For further information on Fortis Inc., visit www.fortisinc.com.

About Lethbridge Biogas LP
Lethbridge Biogas LP is a private entity that was established in 2011 to design, build, own and operate the Lethbridge Biogas anaerobic digestion facility located at 4456-8th Ave N in Lethbridge, Alberta. Lethbridge Biogas processes large quantities of livestock manures, agricultural food processing by-products and other agricultural based residues to produce biogas/RNG. Lethbridge Biogas initial efforts were focused on being a distribution connected generator of green electricity for the Alberta electricity grid. Lethbridge Biogas has now diversified to also being connected to the natural gas distribution grid to allow for production and injection of RNG. For further information on Lethbridge Biogas LP, visit www.lethbridgebiogas.ca.