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Metro Vancouver, FortisBC WWTP biogas plant will power 600 homes

Metro Vancouver and FortisBC Energy have joined forces to achieve regional climate action goals in British Columbia (BC) and introduced a new biogas plant at a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) in the region.

The new Lulu Island renewable natural gas (RNG) facility located in Richmond, BC, at Metro Vancouver’s Lulu Island WWTP site, now allows the unused biogas to be cleaned, stored, and sold to purchasers such as FortisBC as RNG.

“Metro Vancouver and FortisBC both recognise the importance of partnerships and co-investment in the development of projects that support the region’s resilience and low-carbon future,” said Sav Dhaliwal, chair of the Metro Vancouver board of directors.

“This facility will produce enough RNG to heat more than 600 homes, and we anticipate that production will increase as the region’s population grows.”

Richard Stewart, chair of the Metro Vancouver Liquid Waste Committee, added: “Metro Vancouver will reinvest some of the revenue from the sale of RNG into projects that will increase the amount of unused biogas available.

“This will allow the plant to clean and sell more RNG in the future, further reducing GHG emissions in the region.”

Under the partnership, the two organisations have agreed to support four key environmental initiatives: enhancing renewable energy supply and usage; improving local air quality; reducing GHG emissions in transport; and supporting high-performance buildings and industrial facilities through energy efficiency and conservation, renewable gas use, and innovation.

FortisBC’s 30BY30 target is to cut customers’ GHG emissions by 30% from 2007 levels by the year 2030. Metro Vancouver is implementing the Climate 2050 Strategy, an initiative targeting a 45% reduction in regional GHG emissions by 2030 from 2010 levels, and aims to achieve regional carbon neutrality by 2050.

Doug Slater, vice-president of external and indigenous relations at FortisBC, said: “Working directly with local governments allows us to help meet the energy needs of our customers in the communities we serve and while harnessing the decarbonisation potential of our energy systems.

“The document we’ve signed with Metro Vancouver sets the stage for us to demonstrate what we can do when we’re able to collaborate on emissions reduction, and we look forward to working with Metro Vancouver to meet our shared goals.”




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