An agreement has been finalized that will see renewable natural gas (RNG) being supplied to FortisBC by early 2023 from a composting and organic processing facility in Abbotsford.
EverGen Infrastructure Corp. announced Oct. 18 that the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) has approved an RNG offtake agreement with Fortis for the company’s Net Zero Waste Abbotsford (NZWA) facility, located at 5050 Gladwin Rd.
EverGen previously announced that the wholly owned subsidiary NZWA entered into a 20-year agreement with Fortis. BCUC approval was the final regulatory step in the process.
Under the agreement, FortisBC will purchase up to 173,000 gigajoules of RNG annually for injection into its natural gas system.
The project is expected to convert municipal and commercial organic waste into enough energy to meet the needs of approximately 1,900 homes, a press release states.
“Upon completion of NZWA project development and construction activities, EverGen expects to begin supplying renewable natural gas from the project to FortisBC’s network by early 2023,” the release says.
EverGen co-founder and CEO Chase Edgelow said the project marks an “important milestone.”
“Not only does our renewable natural gas platform and this project provide a positive solution and the highest end use for organic waste in the Lower Mainland region, it is also contributing to the use of carbon-neutral renewable fuel sources and captures emissions that would otherwise be released into the environment,” he said.
RNG is a carbon-neutral energy made from decomposing organic waste. It displaces conventional natural gas in existing natural-gas lines.
NZWA opened in 2012 with a 10-year contract to turn organic waste into soil to be sold to landscapers, organic farms and the public.