On September 24th, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) approved Enbridge Gas’s proposal (.pdf) to establish a voluntary $2 monthly RNG charge. Approval of the charge allows Enbridge Gas to start procuring RNG as part of its system gas portfolio on behalf of its customers. Such approval is being granted on a pilot basis until the OEB issues a further decision on the Program, either as part of Enbridge Gas’s next rate rebasing application or in response to a stand-alone application for the program.
General Motors expects to cut its net greenhouse gas emissions by 70 per cent while reducing its reliance on hydro, through a $28-million cogeneration project unveiled at its St. Catharines operation. It’s doing it using renewable landfill gas, piped in from a Walker Industries property three kilometres away. Several years in the planning, work started about two years ago. It uses gas that normally would be vented and flared-off at the landfill. When it arrives at the GM plant, it goes through four 1.6-megawatt generators with 20-cylinder engines. With that gas the generators can provide about 35 per cent of the plant’s electricity needs.
On September 23, 2020, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, delivered the Speech from the Throne to open the second session of the 43rd Parliament and outline the government’s agenda. Regarding the environment and clean technology, the government will: launch a new fund to attract investments in making zero-emissions products and cut the corporate tax rate in half for these companies to create jobs and make Canada a world leader in clean technology, make zero-emissions vehicles more affordable while investing in more charging stations across the country, and support investments in renewable energy and next-generation clean energy and technology solutions.