Biogas has huge role to play as Canada transitions from fossil fuels to renewable energy

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Utilities are embracing renewable natural gas for its potential in helping to reduce emissions of methane by capturing the climate-warming gas

Chris Perry tried for years to make a go of producing methane from farm waste to generate baseload electricity for his family’s big potato-growing operation near Lethbridge, Alta. Any excess power was sent to the provincial grid.

Utilities are embracing RNG for its potential to play a sizable role in helping to reduce emissions of methane by capturing the climate-warming gas, rather than letting it spew into the atmosphere from landfills. It’s changed the game for the Perrys, who employ a range of sustainable farming techniques as a supplier to food giants such as Frito-Lay and McCain Foods Ltd.

But methane from conventional sources is a non-renewable fuel whose production disrupts ecosystems. Wells, plants and pipelines can leak methane if it is not properly handled. It is also at least 25 times more potent as a climate-warming gas than CO2. Many environmentalists would rather see a wholesale shift away from carbon-based fuels.

The connection with the farm is an attribute that attracted EverGen to the buy the interest in GrowTEC, said Chase Edgelow, EverGen’s chief executive officer. There are also opportunities to expand GrowTEC to take in feedstock from the surrounding area. “There’s probably no better example of a circular-economy-type operation than what the Perry family has built there, so that was really appealing,” he said.

 

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Jones is a leftist climate alarmist nutbar, like Radwanski.

with the amount of oil used to fry food couldn't biodiesel a be a way to get away from fossil fuels?

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