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FortisBC reopens RNG programme for customers

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FortisBC Energy has reopened its RNG programme to customers, following a temporary pause due to soaring demand.

FortisBC first launched the RNG initiative in 2011 and was the first utility in North America to offer RNG to its customers as a simple way to lower their greenhouse gas emissions. As more customers saw the value of RNG as a carbon-neutral energy source, demand for RNG outpaced supply in late 2019 and the programme was temporarily paused with around 10,000 customers subscribed.

Since the start of 2020, FortisBC has had 15 new RNG supply agreements approved by its regulator, the British Columbia Utilities Commission. The utility currently works with nine biogas producers – six in British Columbia and three outside of the province – to produce RNG.

Over the past two years, FortisBC has secured a new RNG supply to provide natural gas customers with a carbon-neutral energy option and is forecasting to have tripled its 2020 annual supply by the end of the year.

“The reopening of the programme showcases just how hard our renewable gas team has worked to increase RNG supply to meet growing demand in just two years,” said Jason Wolfe, director of energy solutions at FortisBC.

“Demand for RNG is still growing with over 350 customers on a waitlist to sign on, and we are pleased to offer this programme again as a way for them to reduce their carbon footprint now and in the future.”