CBA Updates

Call for Abstracts – 2023 Value of Biogas East

Interested presenters for 2023 Value of Biogas East Conference (April 25-26 in Toronto, ON) are invited to submit presentation abstracts. Please submit your abstract no later than Friday, February 17, 2023 by clicking here.  A table of suggested topics is provided on the website, however, abstracts with a different focus will be considered. We will also accept proposals for panel discussions, workshops, or other innovative formats.

Carbon Markets 101 for Biogas & RNG Webinar Series

The Canadian Biogas Association presents Carbon Markets 101 for Biogas & RNG  - a webinar series centered around the emerging opportunities for biogas & RNG to participate in programs focused on reducing GHG emissions.  Through offset credits, regulations, and voluntary markets there are many credit generating opportunities for biogas & RNG.  This webinar series aims to expand awareness of climate literacy and the role for biogas & RNG in carbon markets by providing foundational knowledge, information on programs, and a path forward for participation. Register today to attend three webinars presented by industry experts and gain access to supplementary materials. The webinars will be held in January 2023 and CBA member pricing is available. 

Insights Blog: Finance Canada’s new Investment Tax Credit Missing a Tool in its Emission Reduction Toolbox

In the latest Insights Blog, the CBA discusses the federal government’s Fall Economic Statement (FES). The FES provided details on programs designed to spur investment in Canada’s clean fuels sector which needs support to attract investment after the passage of the American Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) which was signed into law by President Joe Biden in August of this year. The IRA contains massive investments and tax credits designed to spur growth in the green economy in the U.S. The measures that were fleshed out in the FES as an attempt to close the gap created by the IRA have a biogas & RNG-sized hole. This is in spite of multiple organizations, including the CBA, advising the government about the importance of biogas & RNG as a low-carbon, readily available solution. The time is now for Canada to implement all the tools at its disposal to hit its climate targets, including biogas & RNG which are proven technologies in Canada already achieving 8Mt of emission reductions annually.

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News

Minister Wilkinson Announces up to $800 Million in Project Funding to Advance Canada’s Clean Fuels Sector

On November 14th, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, announced that approximately 60 projects have been selected to receive funding under the Government of Canada’s $1.5-billion Clean Fuels Fund (CFF). These projects represent a first tranche of the highest-ranking applications from last year’s call for proposals and have a total combined value of more than $3.8 billion. They include production facilities, as well as feasibility and front-end engineering and design studies, spanning seven jurisdictions and covering five different fuel types. A second tranche of projects, from last year’s call for proposal, is currently being reviewed, with funding decisions expected to be finalized in December.

Enbridge Gas Seeks Approval from Regulator to Supply 4% of Ontario Gas Demand with RNG

On October 31, Enbridge Gas filed their 2024 Rebasing Application to the Ontario Energy Board (OEB). In their application, Enbridge seeks approval to procure enough RNG to supply 1% of its Ontario customer demand in 2025 and gradually increase it to 4% by 2028. These purchases will likely be made on long-term contracts, five years or greater. Enbridge Gas is proposing low-carbon energy cost recovery through a Low-Carbon Voluntary Program (LCVP) for large volume sales service customers, to be offered on a long-term basis. Any costs not recovered through the LCVP will be included in the recovery of the cost of gas supply commodity purchases for at least the duration of the underpinning commodity contracts.

BCUC Approves a Low Carbon Energy Program for Pacific Northern Gas

On November 25th, the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) approved Pacific Northern Gas Ltd. and Pacific Northern Gas (N.E.) Ltd. (collectively, PNG) to establish a Low Carbon Energy program to reduce the utility and its customers’ greenhouse gas emissions, by Order G-339-22. PNG’s Low Carbon Energy program includes a voluntary Smart Energy program to offer PNG’s residential, commercial, and industrial natural gas customers the option to receive a blend of renewable natural gas (RNG) with their natural gas supply. For customers who opt-in to the Smart Energy program, the approved commodity charge is currently set at $27.50 per gigajoule, which reflects PNG’s total estimated cost to provide RNG.

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Events

RNGinet

Dec 7th, online

RNG Conference

December 12-15, Dana Point CA

IEA Bioenergy Webinar – Integrated Biogas Systems

December 15, Online

Carbon Markets 101 for Biogas & RNG

January 11, 18, 25, Online

2023 International Biomass Conference & Expo

February 28 – March 2, Atlanta GA

RNG Forum 2023

April 4-6, Drummondville QC

2022 Value of Biogas East

April 25-26, Toronto ON

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Insights

November 07

Finance Canada’s new Investment Tax Credit Missing a Tool in its Emission Reduction Toolbox

On November 3rd, 2022, the federal government released the 2022 Fall Economic Statement (FES). The statement outlines the state of the Canadian economy and provided key details on promises made in Budget 2022.

Specifically, the FES provided details on programs designed to spur investment in Canada’s clean fuels sector which has needed support to attract investment after the passage of the American Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) which was signed into law by President Joe Biden in August of this year. The IRA contains massive investments and tax credits designed to spur growth in the green economy in the U.S.

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