Landfill biogas proposal could comfortably heat 300 homes with renewable energy



    
    Terasen Gas customers to benefit from renewable energy source which can
    also be used to fuel vehicles
    

    SURREY, BC, Aug. 24 /CNW/ - Terasen Gas and the Columbia Shuswap Regional
District (CSRD) are working together to explore biogas recovery from the
regional landfill site in Salmon Arm. The project would involve capturing
waste methane and upgrading it to pipeline-quality natural gas to be used to
heat homes.
    "We are keen on moving this project forward, with a goal to begin
construction as early as next spring," said Doug Stout, Vice President of
Marketing and Business Development, Terasen Gas. "Once operational, the
upgrading facility would be the first of its kind in the province to utilize
bio-methane directly in a natural gas pipeline, and we expect it to become a
catalyst for future projects that increase the province's production of clean,
renewable energy and help reduce emissions from waste methane."
    The Salmon Arm biogas recovery project is one of nine proposals Terasen
Gas announced this past spring in response to a call for expressions of
interest in developing clean, renewable energy sources. The project will
involve installing a small facility to recover the raw landfill gas produced
by the degradation of municipal solid waste, upgrading the gas to pipeline
quality bio-methane and then injecting it into the existing natural gas
distribution system. The facility would produce approximately 26,000
gigajoules of natural gas per year, which is enough to heat and provide hot
water to almost 300 homes, depending on consumption.
    "The partnership model between the Columbia Shuswap Regional District and
Terasen Gas will allow waste landfill gas to be utilized as a resource in
Terasen's natural gas network, which will provide social and environmental
benefits to the community of Salmon Arm and provide a model for other
jurisdictions to consider. The CSRD is proud to be a part of British
Columbia's first initiative in this regard," said Marty Bootsma, Chair of the
Columbia Shuswap Regional District Board of Directors.
    Terasen Gas and the Columbia Shuswap Regional District are also exploring
the possibility of establishing a compressed natural gas fuelling station at
the landfill. Local fleet vehicles, such as curbside solid waste collection
trucks, buses or fleet passenger vehicles, could take advantage of the
fuelling station.
    "We are committed to exploring recovery projects such as this one, as
they help Terasen Gas and potential suppliers of raw biogas, including
wastewater treatment plants, landfills, and farms, develop future biogas
upgrading projects that can provide British Columbians with a source of
renewable alternative energy," said Stout.
    A feasibility study will determine if the project can move forward and
outline next steps, which would include negotiation of a definitive agreement
for the project and an application for project approval from the British
Columbia Utilities Commission.
    For more information about our ongoing commitment to exploring biogas as
an alternative energy source, visit the Biogas production page on
terasengas.com

    Terasen Gas is mainly composed of the operations of Terasen Gas Inc. and
Terasen Gas (Vancouver Island) Inc., both indirect wholly owned subsidiaries
of Fortis Inc. Fortis Inc., the largest investor-owned distribution utility in
Canada, serves more than two million gas and electric customers and has total
assets approaching $12 billion. Its regulated holdings include Terasen Gas and
electric utilities in five Canadian provinces and three Caribbean countries.
Fortis Inc. owns non-regulated hydroelectric generation assets across Canada
and in Belize and upper New York State. It also owns hotels and commercial
real estate in Canada. 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





For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Kirsten Walker, Communications
Specialist, Terasen Gas Inc., Phone: (604) 592-7507, Email:
kirsten.walker@terasengas.com; Darcy Mooney, Waste Management Coordinator,
Columbia Shuswap Regional District, Phone: 1-888-248-2773, Email:
dmooney@csrd.bc.ca

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