Greater Victoria’s Hartland Landfill will soon be able to produce Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) from the compost and other organic materials people dispose of in the city.
FortisBC is trying to make the eventual change from using primarily fossil fuels as it does now to using RNG and eventually hydrogen-based energy solutions.
While hydrogen is still years down the road, RNG is a budding energy source that will soon contribute to the existing natural gas infrastructure that heats many homes throughout Greater Victoria.
However, lately more and more municipalities have been adopting the province’s Zero Carbon Step Code to eliminate fossil fuel emissions in order to lower their greenhouse gas footprint.
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This week, FortisBC announced that they have nearly completed the pipeline connecting their network to the RNG facility at the Hartland Landfill, which will turn emissions from organic waste at the landfill into usable energy.
RNG is generated by taking methane and other gasses which are produced by compost, manure and other forms of organic waste, and they are converted via an RNG facility into natural gas.
RNG and natural gas are chemically the same so they can use the same pipelines and can be used for the same purposes.
Currently, the facility is done and the seven kilometre pipeline connecting it to the FortisBC network is nearly completed.
Once they are operational, they will be capable of producing around 200,000 gigajoules of RNG every year. This RNG could effectively heat 1,900 single family homes for a year.
Would you rather rely on FortisBC knowing some of your heat is coming from RNG but most is still derived from burning LNG, or make the change to an electrical heat pump to regulate your home’s heat?
Let us know in the comments!