The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) has issued a report developed by ICF Consulting Canada Inc. which provides a Marginal Abatement Cost Curve (MACC) for natural gas abatement activities in Ontario. The MACC informs the utilities in the development of their Compliance Plans and provides a basis for comparison of the relative cost-effectiveness of a range of GHG abatement activities. The abatement options included on the MACC are related to customer activities and RNG and the study focused on the cost to utilities rather than the costs to society or to customers. The study determined that the Canadian Biogas Study was the most comprehensive publicly available study regarding feedstock resource potential with a national focus. For RNG from each feedstock, ICF calculated the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) in $/m3 by incorporating capital expenditures, O&M, and a discount rate of 4% for the calculations. The LCOE ranged from $0.33-$3.37/m3 depending on the feedstock. The marginal abatement potential by 2020 is 67 Mm3 resulting in a 126,000 tCO2e GHG reduction.
Ministers of Agriculture reached agreement on the key elements of a new federal, provincial, territorial (FPT) agricultural policy framework during the Annual Meeting of Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Agriculture held in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, from July 19-21. The Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year, $3 billion investment, will come into effect on April 1, 2018. It will strengthen the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector, ensuring continued innovation, growth and prosperity.