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.