As more is done to mitigate climate change, Glenmore Landfill in Kelowna, BC is partnering with FortisBC to create a carbon neutral energy source through organic waste.
The waste at the landfill produces a lot of methane that would normally be released into the environment. However, for almost 10 years it has been diverted through a renewable natural gas plant.
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“It’s a great start and also uses local energy. By using local power, we avoid missions associated with transporting the gas over long distances,” said Scott Gramm, senior manager of FortisBC.
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Fortis has received questions about working with the system. Although they have received no complaints from the public, Gramm said they are working to clear up any misunderstandings surrounding the project.
“You hear the word ‘renewable’…then think maybe Fortis BC will rebrand, but we won’t. We use wasted gas; that’s why it’s called renewable gas, because we’re not adding new carbon molecules to the atmosphere anymore. We’re making use of it and displacing conventional gas,” said Gramm.
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The work being done at the facility is part of the government’s CleanBC roadmap to 2030. The report details the actions needed to reduce the impact of climate change.
“A greenhouse gas (GHG) cap for natural gas utilities that limits emissions from the gas used to heat our homes and buildings and power some of our industries will encourage new investment in low-carbon technologies and fuels (including renewable natural gas and hydrogen) and energy efficiency,” the report says.
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Fortis also plans to build another facility in the northern Okanagan.
“In Vernon to put a similar plant in their landfill and it actually got some federal funding because the government likes this project so much. It’s a much smaller facility that’s more like what we built at Salmon Arm,” Gramm said.
Fortis plans to start construction of the new plant next year, with the aim of having it operational by 2025.
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