Increased popularity of renewable natural gas driving need for more of
the carbon neutral energy source
SURREY, BC, May 5, 2014 /CNW/ - FortisBC is seeking expressions of
interest from potential biomethane suppliers for its renewable natural
gas program. The call for applicants will help grow the province's
supply of this renewable and carbon neutral energy source. The company
is seeking interest from suppliers for an additional supply of up to
one petajoule, or enough natural gas to provide heat and hot water for
approximately 10,000 homes annually.
"Demand from our renewable natural gas customers has resulted in the
need for further biogas supply in our system," said Doug Stout, vice
president of energy solutions and external relations. "Our focus is to
help put waste to good use by working with suppliers to develop this
energy source for our customers."
Biogas is created when bacteria break down organic waste from sources
such as landfill sites, agriculture waste and wastewater from treatment
facilities. It is captured, purified and then injected into FortisBC's
natural gas system for customers.
The company is seeking submissions from:
wastewater (sewage) treatment plants,
farm operators and other agricultural businesses,
food and beverage processing businesses and
entrepreneurs who can facilitate the development of biogas production
from any of the above listed or other organic material sources.
Capturing and using biomethane, which is the purified natural gas
derived from biogas, significantly reduces greenhouse gases over simply
allowing it to vent directly into the atmosphere, as is traditionally
done at waste sites. Upgrading this biogas to pipeline-quality
biomethane provides the additional benefit of replacing traditionally
sourced natural gas for FortisBC customers.
Two projects are currently supplying biomethane to FortisBC's system,
with five others under development or construction. Projects currently
supplying biogas to FortisBC are Fraser Valley Biogas in Abbotsford and
the Salmon Arm Landfill. Currently under development are Seabreeze Farm
in Delta, Dicklands Farms in Chilliwack, Earth Renu Energy in Delta and
the Lulu Island Wastewater Treatment Plant in Richmond. The Glenmore
Landfill in Kelowna is expected to begin supplying natural gas this
year following the completion of construction. The completion of these
projects will mean that FortisBC will have an annual supply of up to
about 500,000 gigajoules, enough to provide heat and hot water for
approximately 5,000 homes.
FortisBC has offered renewable natural gas to customers since 2011.
Eligible residential and business customers have the option of
designating a percentage of natural gas usage as renewable. FortisBC
then injects an equivalent amount of renewable natural gas into its
distribution system. The gas is also carbon neutral, which means it is
exempt from B.C.'s carbon tax. Residents and businesses wishing to have
a portion of their natural gas consumption dedicated as renewable can
contact FortisBC at 1-888-224-2710 or visit their website at fortisbc.com/rng.
Those interested in supplying biomethane are invited to submit an
expression of interest application by May 30 outlining their plans and
associated costs for biogas collection and upgrading. Applications are
available at fortisbc.com/becomeasupplier or by emailing us at email@example.com. Watch videos on YouTube profiling our renewable natural gas suppliers
FortisBC is a regulated utility focused on providing safe and reliable
energy, including natural gas, electricity and propane. FortisBC
employs more than 2,200 British Columbians and serves approximately 1.1
million customers in 135 B.C. communities. FortisBC is indirectly
wholly owned by Fortis Inc., the largest investor-owned distribution
utility in Canada. FortisBC owns and operates two liquefied natural gas
storage facilities and four regulated hydroelectric generating plants,
approximately 7,150 kilometres of transmission and distribution power
lines, and approximately 46,000 kilometres of natural gas transmission
and distribution pipelines. FortisBC Inc., FortisBC Energy Inc.,
FortisBC Energy (Vancouver Island) Inc., and FortisBC Energy (Whistler)
Inc. do business as FortisBC. Fortis Inc. shares are listed on the
Toronto Stock Exchange and trade under the symbol FTS. Additional
information can be accessed at www.fortisinc.com or www.sedar.com.
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