The CBA Board of Directors met in June to discuss advocacy priorities for the next 12 months. As part of this facilitated discussion, a focused advocacy campaign was conceptualized to help support the growth of the biogas industry across Canada. CBA staff and the Board of Directors are finalizing the strategic plan and campaign message, which will be made available to members in the coming months and broadly shared this fall. This meeting followed a strategic planning session held in April wherein Directors committed support for continued education and outreach, membership growth, and investment in targeted initiatives that align with our core priorities.
The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) is developing a Food and Organic Waste framework to reduce the volume of food and organic wastes ending up in the disposal stream and have released a discussion paper on addressing food and organic waste in Ontario. The discussion paper, posted on the Environment Registry EBR 013-0094, “Addressing Food and Organic Waste in Ontario” serves as a basis for preliminary discussion with stakeholders to inform the development of the Food and Organic Waste Framework. The CBA is preparing a submission and the MOECC is accepting submissions until July 30th. CBA also contributed to MOECC’s Food and Organic Waste Workshop in early June providing insight on contributions by anaerobic digestion to organics processing and end-markets. This workshop included a series of government and industry presentations on developing processing infrastructure for food and organic materials and supporting end-markets followed by panel discussions to elaborate on issues, potential approaches and tools.
Once again, the CBA will be hosting two exciting and informative annual conferences in 2018, one in Abbotsford, British Columbia on January 16-17th, and another in Ottawa/Gatineau, Ontario in March. Value of Biogas WEST and EAST are Canada’s Premier Biogas and Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Conferences, and the best way to connect with the industry network. A call for abstracts is out and we encourage you to send your submission by September 15 to augment the topics in our programs. Interested in enhancing your company’s biogas expertise to municipal, industrial and agricultural sectors in Canada? Consider any of the sponsorship opportunities available for either or both Value of Biogas conferences.More Updates
On June 26th, the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources in Quebec rolled out their 2017-2020 Action Plan that sets a target of 5% renewable natural gas (RNG) by 2020. With the goal of increasing renewable natural gas production and consumption, Action #37 calls for adoption of a regulation in 2017 which establishes at 5% the proportion of RNG that Quebec natural gas distributors must inject into their distribution network for Quebec clients.
On June 28th, Ontario released the Ontario Post Auction Public Proceeds Report for the province’s second Cap and Trade program auction held June 6th. A total of 25,296,367 current (2017) allowance were sold at a settlement price of $18.72 and a total of 1,674,000 Future (2020) GHG emissions allowances were sold at a price of $18.30. The auction generated $504,182,190 in revenue, an increase from the first auction. By law, the proceeds will be invested in programs that will reduce greenhouse gas pollution and help families and businesses reduce their own emissions through the Climate Change Action Plan.
The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Dr. Dianne Saxe, hosted a webinar for the recent report Every Drop Counts: Reducing the Energy and Climate Footprint of Ontario’s Water Use. The report focuses on the connection between water and energy in Ontario’s municipal water and wastewater systems. ECO recommends that the Ministry of Infrastructure make anaerobic digestion and energy recovery technology eligible for water/wastewater infrastructure funding, the MOECC simplify the regulatory approvals process, and that the OEB set a RNG content requirement. A recording of the webinar and presentation slides are available online.More News
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Petawawa Renewable Power Corporation (Petawawa) is a Dufferin County-based developer that has been active for nearly 8 years in the development of renewable energy projects in Ontario. Petawawa started in wind energy and diversified into the solar energy business, with four solar projects presently under development in partnership with international engineering companies. Petawawa is currently exploring new bioenergy opportunities.Continue reading…