FortisBC

FortisBC is an energy distributor in British Columbia serving approximately 1.1 million people in 135 communities. In 2010, FortisBC Energy Inc. received approval from the British Columbia Utilities to develop the supply of renewable natural gas (RNG) for its customers. The RNG program was then developed and launched to residential customers in June 2011. Shortly after, the program was expanded to include commercial customers in March 2012. 

For a small cost per month, customers can choose to fuel a portion of their homes or businesses with carbon neutral, B.C. made energy. Upon sign up, customers have the option of designating 5 per cent, 10 per cent, 25 per cent, 50 per cent and 100 per cent of their consumption as RNG. FortisBC will then inject an equivalent amount of RNG into the FortisBC distribution system. For about $5.00 a month, residential customers can participate in the RNG program designating 10 per cent of their energy mix to renewable natural gas.     
 
In each year, the number of RNG customers has grown and in the summer of 2016 the program surpassed 7,000 customers subscribed including over 150 commercial customers. The importance of this fact cannot be lost. This means that over 7,000 customers are voluntarily paying a premium on their bills to purchase renewable natural gas! 


 
FortisBC works with the local waste facilities and farms to collect and upgrade raw biogas created from decomposing organic material in landfills, agricultural waste and wastewater. Once upgraded to biogas, the RNG produced can help reduce our carbon footprint by displacing the use of conventional natural gas. Since the program launched in 2010, FortisBC estimates the total GHG savings at about 26,566 tonnes, equivalent to removing 5,535 cars off the road. In 2015 alone, FortisBC received about 160,000 GJ of RNG into the distribution system from its four operating supply projects. FortisBC will also play a key role by linking organic waste in the City of Surrey processed at its new Biofuel Facility to its curb side waste collection fleet. The City of Surrey’s Biofuels Facility is expected to begin production in 2017, producing an estimated output of an additional 120,000 GJ. 


 
FortisBC is an energy distributor in British Columbia serving approximately 1.1 million people in 135 communities. In 2010, FortisBC Energy Inc. received approval from the British Columbia Utilities to develop the supply of renewable natural gas (RNG) for its customers. The RNG program was then developed and launched to residential customers in June 2011. Shortly after, the program was expanded to include commercial customers in March 2012. 

Recently, FortisBC announced a decrease in the rate it charges for RNG. The lower price has made RNG even more affordable and the demand from its customers is expected to grow rapidly. As demand for RNG grows, FortisBC expects to work with suppliers to increase the amount of RNG available and multiply the existing benefits to customers and the environment while at the same time investing in local, sustainable energy. Local investment is important for the future of energy where the average Canadian is more aware than ever of the impact on the world around them. 
 
FortisBC is a proud member of the Canadian Biogas Association (CBA). The resources available for potential suppliers such as the Farm to Fuel guide are invaluable. It is a great help to have the CBA as a link to world-wide biogas news, policy work and advocacy for the biogas industry. FortisBC hopes to build on the success of the CBA as an education and outreach tool in supporting the growth of RNG in BC.                     


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