Environment and Climate Change Canada released a discussion paper on the Clean Fuel Standard on February 24th. Interested parties may submit comments by mail, email or fax, on or before April 25, 2017. The purpose of the discussion paper is to facilitate consultations by seeking early views to help inform the development of the regulatory framework in advance of developing a Clean Fuel Standard. The Clean Fuel Standard will be a modern, flexible, performance-based approach that would incent the use of a broad range of lower carbon fuels, alternative energy sources and technologies, such as electricity, hydrogen, and renewable fuels, including renewable natural gas.
On February 10th, 2017, Ontario posted an amended Net Metering Regulation (O.Reg. 541/05) to e-Laws. The amended regulation is intended to help transition the microFIT program from a generation purchasing program to a net metering program, an evolution that was proposed in the 2013 Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP). The 2013 LTEP also identified the opportunity to expand and enhance Ontario’s net metering program.
The Alberta government is giving 31 bioenergy companies short-term funding to support the low-carbon industry. The $60-million Bioenergy Producer Program will support 500 direct jobs and is part of a larger effort to help companies succeed in Alberta’s low-carbon future. Of the facilities receiving funds, three are under construction, meaning new jobs and over $200 million in new investment to the province. The grants will help keep 1.5 megatonnes of emissions out of the air. More details can be found here.
The University of Guelph is taking part in a novel $1.5-million initiative – backed by the federal government – that aims to eliminate energy costs for waste water treatment. The project aims to achieve energy neutrality in waste water treatment by reducing demand and by recovering energy from biogas. U of G will work with GE to test new anaerobic digestion technology, using advance bio-solids treatment to improve biogas production and kill pathogens. Read the full story here.
With the transportation sector contributing the largest portion of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Canada, renewable natural gas (RNG) from food waste and organic material is the next game-changer in vehicle fueling and the biggest opportunity for near-term, cost-neutral sustainability. Read the full article, written by the CBA, here.
The IESO has posted final versions of the FIT 5 Rules, FIT Contract, Standard Definitions and Prescribed Forms ahead of the upcoming FIT 5 Application Period, which is set to begin on October 31, 2016.
More information is available on the FIT website.
B.C.‘s Carbon Neutrality Government Year in Review 2015 report, released on July 28, indicates that the province has achieved carbon neutrality across the provincial public sector for the sixth consecutive year. B.C.‘s 127 public service organizations generated 44,000 tonnes fewer GHG emissions compared to the baseline year of 2010—the equivalent of taking 9,400 cars off the road. Additional information on B.C.’s Carbon Neutrality report is available.
Montrealers now have the obligation to properly sort their waste, and will otherwise be fined, according to a new regulation that the City Council adopted on August 22. All recyclable materials must be in the green bin, not the garbage bag, as food waste, which is collected in the brown bin. More information about recyclables and vegetables banned in Montreal trash is available.
The International Renewable Energy Agency has released a report finding more than 8.1 million people worldwide are currently employed by the renewable energy industry, up 5 percent from last year.
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Following the May 26 announcement that Ontario will invest $100 million in RNG, the Ontario government announced additional details and its comprehensive new Climate Change Action Plan June 8. Areas of particular interest to the biogas sector include:
The CBA looks forward to being involved in the development of these programs, and ensuring that the program is rolled out efficiently and effectively.
Durham Region has issues a Notification of Request for Proposal No. RFP-602-2016 - Financial and Technical Consulting for Region’s Integrated Waste Management System Utility Anaerobic Digestion. Details for proponents >
According to a report released recently by Navigant Research, the global biogas industry has an astounding nearby future, at least for the next ten years. In fact, the report announces the annual global biogas production to exceed 2 trillion cubic feet b 2024. Also, the same report states that investments in biogas production facilities will generate as much as USD 25.8 billion in cumulative revenue from 2015 to 2014. However, the global biogas industry has some flaws that need to be addressed in order to fulfil its potential.
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