Sustainable energy options
We recognize our customers want to reduce their impact on the environment, and we’re providing innovative energy solutions for our customers and communities—partnering with local governments, regional districts and other public sector organizations—to help them reach their climate action goals.
Renewable Natural Gas
We work with local farms, landfills and municipalities to make Renewable Natural Gas.1 It works just like conventional natural gas (using the same appliances), but it’s made from the greenhouse gas emissions of decomposing organic waste. Learn more about this affordable low-carbon2 energy, and how you can sign up for it today.
Electric vehicle charging in BC
We’re helping British Columbians plug in to lower carbon energy sources for transportation, and supporting BC’s greenhouse gas reduction goals. Find out how we’re teaming up with other organizations to build electric charging stations across the province, and see where you can charge your electric vehicle.
Hydrogen gas potential
We're working to increase the amount of renewable and low-carbon gas3 in our system which will include hydrogen in the future. Hydrogen doesn’t emit carbon dioxide when burned, and providing it to our customers will help us further decarbonize.
1Renewable Natural Gas (also called RNG or biomethane) 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 Renewable Natural Gas.
2When compared to the lifecycle carbon intensity of conventional natural gas. The burner tip emission factor of FortisBC’s current Renewable Natural Gas (also called RNG or biomethane) portfolio is 0.29 grams of carbon dioxide equivalent per megajoule of energy (gCO2e/MJ). FortisBC’s current RNG portfolio lifecycle emissions are -22 gCO2e/MJ. This is below B.C.’s low carbon threshold for lifecycle carbon intensity of 36.4 gCO2e/MJ as set out in the 2021 B.C. Hydrogen Strategy.
3FortisBC uses the term renewable and low-carbon gas to refer collectively to the low-carbon gases or fuels that the utility can acquire under the Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Clean Energy) Regulation, which are: Renewable Natural Gas (also called RNG or biomethane), hydrogen, synthesis gas (from wood waste) and lignin. FortisBC’s renewable and low-carbon gas portfolio currently includes only Renewable Natural Gas. Other gases and fuels may be added to the program over time. Depending on their source, all of these gases have differing levels of lifecycle carbon intensity. However, all of these gases are low carbon when compared to the lifecycle carbon intensity of conventional natural gas. The current burner tip emission factor of RNG is 0.29 grams of carbon dioxide equivalent per megajoule of energy (gCO2e/MJ) and the current renewable and low-carbon gas portfolio lifecycle emissions are -22 gCO2e/MJ. This is below B.C.’s carbon intensity threshold for low-carbon gases of 36.4 gCO2e/MJ set out in the 2021 B.C. Hydrogen Strategy.