Kelowna landfill approved to produce renewable natural gas for FortisBC gas customers

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 
biogas plant. 
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 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 or 
MEDIA CONTACT: Michael Allison Corporate Communications Advisor FortisBC 
Phone: 604-831-4513 
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