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Renewable Natural Gas Market Opportunities

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8:45 am Networking and Refreshments

9:00 am Welcome and Opening Messages

  • Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF)
  • Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC)
  • Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

9:45 am Jennifer Green, Executive Director, Canadian Biogas Association

10:15 am Networking and Refreshments

10:45 am Rose Marie Gage, Chief Executive Officer, Ag Energy Co-operative Ltd.

11:10 am Industry Discussion: How Renewable Natural Gas Fits With Commercial Ventures

  • Cynthia Hansen, Executive Vice President, Utilities and Power Operations, Enbridge Inc.
  • Jody Becker, Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President, Emerging Markets, Ellis Don
  • Tom Chessman, Manager, Energy Initiatives, City of Hamilton

12:15 pm Closing Remarks

12:20 pm Networking and Lunch


Overview:

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 marks the 5th annual National Bioenergy Day. On this day, organizations all over the United States and Canada – businesses, non-profits, universities, and state and local governments – will showcase the many ways they benefit from bioenergy, an energy source that needs increased understanding and public awareness.

The National theme is the economic benefits of bioenergy. The presence of bioenergy in a community creates jobs, enhances revenue and markets, and reduces waste. This event will bring together industry and government to showcase bioenergy, in the form of renewable natural gas (RNG), to explore the potential for RNG to help meet Ontario's energy needs and contribute to provincial greenhouse gas reduction targets.


Ontario Context:

In 2016, Ontario released the Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) to provide people and businesses with tools and incentives to accelerate the use of clean technology that exists today. Building on Ontario's landmark climate change legislation, the plan will ensure that proceeds from the province's recently finalized cap and trade program are invested in a transparent and accountable way back into green projects that will help households and businesses reduce greenhouse gas pollution and save on their energy costs. The plan outlines the key actions the government will take to combat climate change, create good jobs in clean tech and construction, increase consumer choice and generate opportunities for investment in Ontario.

As part of the Action Plan, Ontario indicated the intention to introduce a renewable content requirement for natural gas and provide up to $100 million of support to encourage the use of cleaner, renewable natural gas (RNG) in industrial, transportation and building sectors.

Under the CCAP, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has secured funding for the Agrifood Renewable Natural Gas for Transportation Demonstration Program. Developing RNG production and natural gas fuelling infrastructure to enable RNG transportation fuelling, and demonstrating the necessary business relationships and economic outcomes, can help kick-start this low-carbon business model.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is interested in opportunities for increased development of bioenergy from Crown forest resources. Under a sustainable forest management regime, increased utilization of forest biofibre provides a variety of benefits, including carbon sequestration, increased economic opportunities, and sustained ecological services and wildlife habitat maintenance.

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