2018 Value of Biogas West Conference

Why Biogas?

2018 Value of Biogas – West Conference

With recent announcement by the B.C. Government indicating a strong preference for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG), B.C.’s gas utilities are now able to pay up to $30/GJ for RNG (click here for announcement). At this price point, the biogas market in B.C. is expected to grow rapidly over the next few years, creating exciting opportunities to turn manure, food waste, yard waste, biosolids, and other biomass into renewable energy.

To capitalize on this momentum, the 2018 Value of Biogas West conference will be held in Abbotsford on January 16th and 17th, 2018. Created for attendees to learn about biogas/RNG and the opportunities it presents, 2018 Value of Biogas West will increase attendees’ biogas/RNG awareness and understanding, while also providing a valuable networking opportunity for those involved or interested in the North American biogas/RNG industry.

About 2018 Value of Biogas West

Information Session: 2018 Value of Biogas West will include a half-day Info Session where attendees can learn about biogas/RNG, and the steps necessary to take a biogas/RNG project from conceptualization to fruition. A site visit to a local anaerobic digestion plant will be offered in the afternoon, followed by an evening networking reception.

Conference: Day two of the conference will include morning plenary sessions focused on biogas/RNG, including panel discussions, and concurrent streams of presentations in the afternoon focused on agricultural and municipal biogas/RNG topics. This conference is anticipated to attract more than 200 attendees, comprised of individuals from agriculture, agrifood, waste management, and government, biogas/RNG product and service technology companies, utilities, investor, academics, and more.


On-line registration is now closed.

On-site registration is still be possible. Fees for CBA Members and Non CBA Members for on-site registration will be $600 for the Conference, $300 for the Half-Day Info Session, and $200 for the Biogas Tour.

Sponsors/Exhibitors – 2018 VOB West


All sponsors and booths have been allocated.


All sponsors and booths have been allocated.

Venue – 2018 VOB West

The Value of Biogas West Conference will be held at the Quality Hotel, 36035 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford, British Columbia.


Travel and Accommodation

A block of rooms have been reserved for Value of Biogas delegates at $109/night, plus tax. To book, please contact the hotel reservation desk directly at 1(888)411-1070 and note your affiliation with the Value of Biogas West Conference.

For those flying into British Columbia, Abbotsford airport (YXX) is a ten minute drive away from the Conference venue. The next closest airport is Vancouver airport (YVR), which is a one hour drive from the Conference venue. Both airports offer car rental services.


The Canadian Biogas Association appreciates the generous support and sponsorship of the 2018 Value of Biogas events.









Renewable Natural Gas Development in B.C. Information Session: Tuesday January 16th

(Quality Hotel, 36035 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford)

Join us for this half-day Information Session to learn about opportunities for turning organic waste feedstocks into Renewable Natural Gas (RNG). Suitable for farmers, municipalities, wastewater treatment plants, food processors, landfill operations, any anyone else with access to organic waste, this Information Session is designed for those wanting to learn more about producing and selling RNG in B.C.

8:00 – 8:30 am Breakfast & Registration    
8:30 – 8:45 am Welcome Remarks (Canadian Biogas Association)    
8:45 – 9:15 am Renewable Natural Gas in B.C. (FortisBC)
In 2010 FortisBC accepted the first molecules of RNG onto its distribution system from a local farm in the Fraser Valley. Several years later FortisBC’s RNG Program has grown. Hear about this growth, recent RNG policy in B.C., and what is required for selling RNG to FortisBC.
9:15 – 9:45 am Feedstock Considerations (Research Institutes of Sweden)
Feedstocks are key to the success and profitability of any RNG project. Learn about RNG feedstocks, how they impact project success, and what to consider when sourcing them.
9:45 – 10:15 am Digestate (Hallbar Consulting)
A key component of any RNG project is digestate management. Learn about digestate and the technologies for converting it into higher-value products.
10:15 – 10:45 am Break    
10:45 – 11:15 am LFG Collection & Use (Tetra Tech Canada)
Unlike other sources of biogas, landfill gas (LFG) requires specialised collection equipment. Learn about LFG collection and use, as well as the key challenges and opportunities of utilizing this unique resource.
11:15 – 11:45 am Biogas & LFG to RNG Upgrading (FortisBC)
Before selling RNG to FortisBC, biogas and landfill gas (LFG) must be upgraded to pipeline specification. Learn about biogas and LFG to RNG upgrading technologies, and how they might fit your needs.
11:45 – 12:15 pm Project Development (Hallbar Consulting)
Taking an RNG project from concept to reality can be a daunting task. Learn more about the project development process and how to assess your RNG project feasibility.
12:15 – 12:30 pm Wrap-Up (Canadian Biogas Association)    
12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch    

Site Visit

Renewable Natural Gas Site Visit

Tuesday January 16th from 1:30 – 5:00 pm

Ever wanted to see what a Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) plant looks like? Now is your chance. Sign-up today for a chance to visit one of two RNG plants in the Lower Mainland.

1:30 – 5:00 pm On-Farm: Located on Seabreeze Dairy Farm in Delta, this biogas plant process the farm’s dairy manure and approximately 12,000 tonnes/year of off-farm organics from the Metro Vancouver area to produce 45,000 GJ of RNG/year. The RNG is injected into the FortisBC pipeline to heat approximately 500 homes. Digestate from the biogas plant is processed into bedding, a phosphorus rich mulch, and a liquid digestate.
Municipal: Located in Port Kells, adjacent to the Surrey Transfer Station, the recently built Surrey Biofuel Facility will use dry batch technology to convert 115,000 tonnes/year of residential organic waste into approximately 120,000 GJ of RNG/year. The RNG will be used to fuel the City's natural gas powered waste collection vehicles, and provide a renewable fuel source for the City’s new District Energy System.
  Buses will leave the Value of Biogas West venue (Quality Hotel, 36035 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford) at 1:30 pm, returning no later than 5:00 pm. Attendees should bring appropriate footwear.    

Value of Biogas Networking Reception

Tuesday January 16th from 5:00 – 7:30 pm

5:00 – 7:30 pm Value of Biogas Networking Reception:
All Information Session, Site Visit and Conference attendees are invited to the Value of Biogas West networking drinks reception. Network with likeminded individuals while enjoying a few drinks and snacks.


2018 Value of Biogas West Conference

Wednesday January 17th

(Quality Hotel, 36035 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford)

8:00 – 8:30 am Breakfast & Registration    
8:30 – 8:40 am Welcome Introduction:
Jennifer Green, Canadian Biogas Association.
8:40 – 9:00 am
Keynote Speaker:
Paul Wieringa, B.C Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.
9:00 – 10:00 am Renewable Natural Gas in B.C.
Due to recent government announcements, RNG opportunities in B.C. have never been greater. Learn about RNG in B.C., including current supply and supply potential, government policies, and selling RNG onto B.C.’s natural gas distribution system.
  • Resource Supply Potential for Renewable Natural Gas in B.C. – Paul Wieringa, B.C Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources;
  • RNG Supplier Guidance – Scott Gramm, FortisBC; and
  • Blockchain and Digital Biomethane – Peter Schriber, Pacific Northern Gas.
10:00 – 10:20 am Coffee Break    
10:20 – 11:20 am Biogas & Renewable Natural Gas in Ontario, Quebec & Washington State
As B.C.’s biogas and RNG market continues to grow, hear about the trends, policy drivers, opportunities, successes, and failures from elsewhere in Canada and the US.
  • Biogas & RNG in Ontario – Mike Muffels, GHD;
  • Biogas & RNG in Quebec & Atlantic Canada – Michael Brown, Xebec Adsorption Inc.; and
  • Advancing Biomethane Production and Use in Washington State – Jim Jensen, Washington State University.
11:20 – Noon Understanding & Improving the Economics of Biogas
Federal government tax incentives, marketable environmental credits, and alternative distribution networks can improve the economics of biogas plants.
  • Federal Tax Incentives for Business Investments in Biogas Projects – Michel Francoeur, Natural Resources Canada; and
  • Delivering RNG to the Natural Gas Vehicle Market Using Virtual Pipeline – Mario Pirraglia, SAFE North America.
Noon – 1:30 pm Lunch    
1:30 – 2:30 pm Agriculture: Importance of Feedstock Pre-treatment
Learn how feedstock pre-treatment technologies play a vital role in the health, biogas production, and digestate quality of agricultural biogas and RNG plants.
  • Hydrolysis Treatment Installation for Deadstock Pre-Processing – Stefan Michalski, PlanET Biogas Solutions & Lethbridge Biogas LP;
  • Food Waste Feedstock Pre-treatment Technologies in Sweden and Germany – Gustav Rogstrand, Research Institutes of Sweden; and
  • Pre-treatment of Cattle Manure for AD – Alexander Hayes, Innotech Alberta.
Municipal: WWTP & LFG Case Studies
Hear about drivers, challenges, successes, and lessons learned from wastewater treatment and landfill gas RNG projects from around North America.
  • Feasibility of Renewable Natural Gas Sales from Abbotsford JAMES Municipal Sewage Treatment Plant – Raymond Chin, Opus International;
  • Market Drivers and Challenges for Landfill High BTU Projects – Nadeem Afghan, BIOFerm Energy Systems; and
  • Five Easy Step for a Successful High BTU Project, Robert Lems, DMT Clear Gas Solutions.
2:30 – 3:10 pm Agriculture: Digestate Management
A key component of any agricultural biogas and RNG plant is digestate management. Learn about technologies for converting digestate into more manageable, higher-value products.
  • Assessment of Mechanical Phosphorus Extraction from Dairy Manure – Mathew Dickson, Hallbar Consulting Inc.; and
  • Use of Digestate in Corn and Grass Trials – Dave Melnychuk, Dave Melnychuk Consulting.
Municipal: Digestate Management
A key component of any municipal biogas and RNG plant is digestate management. Learn about technologies for converting digestate into more manageable, higher-value products.
  • Removing Orthophosphate and Improving Dewaterability of Digestate – Josh Gable, Centrisys; and
  • TBD.
3:10 – 3:40 pm Coffee Break    
3:40 – 4:40 pm Alternative Options for Biogas & RNG
Renewable electricity to RNG, RNG to methanol, and forestry biomass to RNG are just some of the exciting potential next frontiers in RNG production and use.
  • Power to Gas Technology and its Role in the RNG Mix, Ricardo Hamdan, Hitachi Zosen;
  • Biogas Underpinning an Electricity Economy – Dan Festoso, Ultra Clean Ecolene Inc.; and
  • Thermochemical Conversion of Forestry Biomass into Renewable Natural Gas – Edson Ng, G4 Insights Inc.
4:40 – 5:00 pm BCBN Competition Update & Closing Remarks