Terasen Gas to develop B.C.'s first biogas alternative energy project

    SURREY, BC, July 18 /CNW/ - Terasen Gas, in partnership with QuestAir
Technologies Inc. and Metro Vancouver, will develop B.C.'s first biogas
alternative energy project introducing the delivery of biomethane through its
natural gas distribution system.
    The Lions Gate Wastewater Treatment Plant Biomethane Project supports the
B.C. Energy Plan's objective to increase the province's production of clean
and renewable energy.
    "Terasen Gas safely and reliably delivers more than 20 per cent of the
energy used in the province," said Doug Stout, Vice President of Marketing and
Business Development for Terasen Gas. "With future population growth, demand
for all types of energy is expected to increase even with our expanding energy
efficiency and conservation initiatives."
    "This pilot project will provide enough energy for 100 homes and reduce
greenhouse gas emissions by 500 tonnes each year," said Stout. "It also
supports the B.C. Bioenergy Strategy, demonstrating how biogas can be
converted into a renewable energy source that can be distributed using Terasen
Gas's existing natural gas delivery infrastructure. We look forward to other
similar projects across B.C. involving the municipal and agricultural
    The project is expected to cost $1.1 million, with $366,000 from the
Innovative Clean Energy Fund. The fund, introduced in 2007's B.C. Energy Plan,
seeks to accelerate the development of new energy technologies to help B.C.
move towards greater energy self-sufficiency. It is financed by British
Columbians through a levy on electricity, natural gas, fuel oil and piped
    The Lions Gate Wastewater Treatment Plant is located in West Vancouver,
and the project is expected to be operational as early as July 2009.

    Terasen Gas delivers natural gas and propane through three companies that
make up the Terasen Gas group: Terasen Gas Inc., Terasen Gas (Vancouver
Island) Inc. and Terasen Gas (Whistler) Inc. The companies share common
Terasen Inc. ownership and are indirect wholly owned subsidiaries of Fortis
Inc. Fortis Inc., the largest investor-owned distribution utility in Canada,
serves two million gas and electric customers and has more than $10 billion of
assets. 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.

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For further information: Media contact: Joyce Wagenaar, Director,
Corporate and Marketing Communications, (604) 592-7682,

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