Kelowna landfill approved to produce renewable natural gas for FortisBC gas
Estimated to avoid up to 3,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions being
released into the atmosphere per year
KELOWNA, BC, Nov. 29, 2012 /CNW/ - Kelowna residents will be putting their
waste to work with the announcement by FortisBC that it has received approval
from the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) for the design and
construction of a landfill gas purification plant at Kelowna's Glenmore
landfill. Not only will the project keep greenhouse gases from entering the
atmosphere, it will provide a renewable resource for FortisBC gas customers.
"We're looking forward to getting started on this project," said Doug Stout,
vice president of energy solutions and external relations with FortisBC. "Not
only is it a positive in terms of environmental benefits, it will also supply
FortisBC gas customers in Kelowna with a renewable resource made in their own
The gas, which is given off naturally through the decaying process of waste in
the landfill, is captured, purified and injected into FortisBC's natural gas
system for use by customers. In its first few years, the new project is
expected to avoid 3,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions being released into
the atmosphere per year, the equivalent of taking 600 cars off the road
annually. The total amount of renewable natural gas produced from the Kelowna
landfill is expected to total 60,000 gigajoules annually, the estimated
equivalent of heating and hot water for 630 homes per year. Over the life of
the landfill, it is expected that the volume of gas will increase. Once it is
purified, the gas generated from the landfill is no different than natural gas
piped to customers' homes and businesses and is available for purchase as
renewable natural gas from FortisBC.
"This is yet another source of renewable energy for British Columbians," said
Environment Minister Terry Lake. "It will capture landfill gas that would
otherwise escape into the atmosphere and put it to good use."
The project will create several indirect local manufacturing and
construction-related jobs during the approximate 12-month construction of the
facility. The estimated net-present value of revenues to be received by the
City of Kelowna under a rate regulated by BCUC over the first 20 years of
operation is estimated between $3.1 to $6.9 million dollars, dependent on the
volume and quality of landfill gas harvested.
"Now that the project is approved, we're looking forward to the next step of
constructing the plant," said Randy Cleveland, director of infrastructure
planning with the City of Kelowna. "This is a proven technology that will
harvest waste and produce a renewable resource."
The Kelowna landfill biogas facility is expected to be operational in 2014.
The approval comes on the heels of the opening of the Salmon Arm Landfill
The product, renewable natural gas, will be carbon neutral, and is therefore
exempt from B.C.'s carbon tax. Residents and businesses across B.C. can have a
portion of their natural gas consumption dedicated as renewable by contacting
FortisBC at 1-888-224-2710 or visiting their website at fortisbc.com/rng.
FortisBC is a regulated utility focused on providing safe and reliable energy,
including natural gas, electricity, propane and thermal energy solutions.
FortisBC employs more than 2,300 British Columbians and serves approximately
1.1 million customers in more than 135 B.C. communities. FortisBC is
indirectly wholly owned by Fortis Inc., the largest investor-owned
distribution utility in Canada. FortisBC owns and operates four regulated
hydroelectric generating plants, approximately 7,000 kilometres of
transmission and distribution power lines and approximately 47,000 kilometres
of natural gas transmission and distribution pipelines. FortisBC Inc.,
FortisBC Energy Inc., FortisBC Energy (Vancouver Island) Inc., and FortisBC
Energy (Whistler) Inc. do business as FortisBC. Fortis Inc. shares are listed
on the Toronto Stock Exchange and trade under the symbol FTS. Additional
information can be accessed at www.fortisinc.com or www.sedar.com.
MEDIA CONTACT: Michael Allison Corporate Communications Advisor FortisBC
Phone: 604-831-4513 Email:email@example.com fortisbc.com
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