RNG Outreach and Market Development


The CBA’s Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Outreach and Market Development initiative plays an important role in Ontario’s clean energy marketplace by bringing together policy makers and stakeholders throughout the RNG value chain - potential RNG producers, technology suppliers, RNG distributors, analysts, regulators, and related industry associations. The initiative targets municipalities in particular because of the organic waste and GHGs they inherently produce from landfills, wastewater treatment plants and green bin collection.

RNG Workshop For Municipalities

The Canadian Biogas Association will host its second RNG Workshop for municipalities on March 23rd in Toronto, Ontario and build on RNG tools presented in early sessions. This half-day workshop is part of a series of targeted communications for municipal and public sector staff to learn more about this important renewable fuel recognized in Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan.

Join us for the March 23rd, 2017 RNG Workshop to learn about the financial viability of RNG projects based on scenarios and policies in development, as well as gas standards, guidelines, costs and procedures for grid connection. These materials will build on the suite of tools available to municipal attendees was part of our RNG Toolkit.

The workshop is free; however, we ask that you register to confirm your attendance to ensure we can accommodate participant interest.  Note that this workshop will be held prior to the Value of Biogas conference. Select RNG Workshop under Value of Biogas East, and consider staying an extra day to take in more valuable sector information and networking.

The CBA hosted a Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Workshop on October 28th in London, Ontario for municipalities as part of its RNG Outreach and Market Development initiative. Forty attendees participated in the half-day workshop to learn about RNG technologies, tools for measuring GHG emission reductions, such as GHGenius, and a number of RNG projects that have been implemented by municipalities across Canada. These materials were discussed and shared with municipal attendees. Links to these tools are available below:

CBA received very positive feedback about the RNG Workshop with respect to informative workshop content and professional delivery.

Background

RNG production is a preferable use of biogas than biogas to electricity production because all of the energy in the gas is available to the application, whereas in generating electricity the system has only a 35% electrical efficiency. It provides up to double the GHG benefit of biogas to electricity projects.

On May 26, 2016, the Ontario government announced funding for RNG development, and on June 8, 2016, the Ontario government released further details in its Climate Change Action Plan. It includes support for RNG development in sections 1.3 and 6.1, and supports CNG vehicles and fueling stations in sections 4.1 and 4.2.

The RNG initiative will assist in the government’s consultation process in which policy implementation details will be worked out in collaboration with stakeholders.

Activities and resources in development for this initiative include:

  1. A proposed Ontario RNG pathway document, including roles for various stakeholders.
  2. Establishment of a RNG Working Group to connect stakeholders, and determine RNG program needs.
  3. RNG tools for municipalities:
    1. Introductory information and check list to understand the potential to develop RNG based on their population size, waste collection methods, and future options
    2. Spreadsheet tool that will assist in analyzing the financial case, based on scenarios and policies in development
    3. Assistance in calculating the GHG impact, and how to use GHG Genius (Government of Ontario’s preferred tool)
    4. Case studies of other municipalities in various stages of generating RNG in Ontario, BC, Quebec and California to assist in understanding barriers and opportunities
    5. Detailed information to enable municipalities to understand the technology for generating biogas, and upgrading to RNG
    6. Checklist information that walks municipalities through the process of connecting to the gas grid, explains standards and guidelines, and outlines costs and procedures specific to different scenarios
  4. Workshops for municipal and public sector staff (late 2016, and March, 2017)
  5. A follow up webinar for those unable to attend the workshops
  6. Media strategy, including submissions to trade journals and mainstream media, radio interviews, and social media

This work builds on previous ground-breaking work by the CBA. In 2015, the CBA completed its Closing the Loop initiative, which built support for producing and using RNG as a vehicle fuel, and included publication of a primer.

Closing the Loop: Primer for Municipalities, Food Processors and Fleets on Fueling Vehicles Using Renewable Natural Gas

This comprehensive primer shows you how your organization can close the loop. It helps identify if compressed natural gas (CNG) and RNG are right for you, outlines how RNG fits with municipal planning and policy development, and highlights case studies and lessons learned. It outlines the business case, steps to success, and helps you build support for switching to this amazing renewable fuel.