Announced on April 23, 2019, FortisBC’s Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) has been approved by the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources for inclusion within the province’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). The LCFS supports the responsible development of B.C.‘s low-carbon natural gas resources to provide domestic solutions to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels.
Quebec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Jonatan Julien announced March 28, 2019, adoption of the regulation respecting the quantity of renewable natural gas to be delivered by a distributor. This regulation establishes a governing framework for one of the objectives of the 2030 Energy Policy Action Plan. The regulation sets the minimum quantity of RNG produced in Québec and to be injected by a natural gas distributor at one per cent of the total quantity of natural gas the distributor distributes as of 2020, and progressively increases that quantity to set it as of 2025 at five per cent of the total quantity of natural gas distributed.
TransLink and FortisBC announced April 24, 2019 a partnership that will source Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) for TransLink’s natural gas bus fleet. TransLink is now the first public transportation authority in Canada to use RNG, a certified carbon-neutral fuel, to help fuel its natural gas powered buses. FortisBC and TransLink have signed an RNG-supply contract that will provide up to 500,000 gigajoules (GJs) annually within five years. This is expected to provide enough to fuel the existing natural gas bus fleet with 100 per cent RNG. Over the five-year period, the transition to RNG will reduce TransLink’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50,000 tons – equivalent to taking 10,000 cars off the road for one year. The decision to use RNG is a positive step for TransLink towards its goal of using 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050.