On October 26th, Ontario released the 2017 Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP) that focuses on energy, affordability, innovation and customer choice. The LTEP recognizes that fuels are an important part of the province’s economy, and Ontario is committed to transitioning to a low-carbon economy. The LTEP states that the government will continue to work with industry partners and the OEB to introduce a requirement that natural gas contain some renewable content, fulfilling a commitment of the CCAP. The government is also investing proceeds from the auctions in the carbon market to help introduce RNG in the province. The investment will help consumers with the cost shifting to RNG, as it currently costs more than conventional natural gas.
On October 4th the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) released Beyond the Blue Box: Ontario’s Fresh Start on Waste Diversion and the Circular Economy. The report acknowledges that Ontario’s new Waste-Free Ontario Act and Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario are a significant achievement, but calls on the government to get serious about making it work. Relating to food waste, biogas and the circular economy, the report recommends that the MOECC make the process for approving anaerobic digestion and composting facilities fast and predictable. ECO is hosting a Beyond the Blue Box webinar on Thursday, November 2nd from 10:30 am – 11:30 am EDT.
On October 18th, National Bioenergy Day, Energy Vision announced awards to three innovative companies advancing renewable natural gas (RNG) made from organic waste. One of the winners was CBA member CCI Bioenergy. In Ontario, CCI BioEnergy is piloting compact, innovative bioQUBE microdigesters which convert organic wastes into RNG and bio-fertilizer. Fitting inside a shipping container, they allow on-site processing of organic waste where it is produced, extending the availability of anaerobic digestion to individual sources, including Ontario’s Algoma Orchards, the largest Canadian apple grower and processor east of British Columbia.