RNG is a proven economic driver for local businesses, governments, and municipalities.
REN's privately developed RNG production facility can result in:
Increased revenues in local goods and services.
Job creation and business opportunities that arise from the construction, operation and maintenance of RNG infrastructure.
Providing long term contracts to purchase bush and mill residuals will provide underlying economic strength to the forest industry in the area.
REN Energy is committed to using local businesses wherever possible, both in fabrication, construction, and in ongoing operations.
HOW DOES RNG HELP YOU AND YOUR HOUSEHOLD?
RNG is a clean, affordable, and reliable energy option, that behaves like conventional natural gas in all heating applications. Local utilities can send it directly to your home without any cost of upgrading or adjusting existing appliances.
During power outages, RNG can also be tapped to provide reliable, sustainable energy. This dependability is also why it is already being used to power essential services for food storage, airports, universities, hospitals, and other important facilities.
Frequently Asked Questions
Common questions and concerns related to RNG in your community
The benefits to the community are substantial, beginning with jobs, business opportunities and the environment. REN will only use waste wood products including residuals or waste from SFI (Sustainable Forest Initiative) forest operations. As a result, the reduction of abandoned or burned forestry residuals will reduce harmful methane emissions, improve forest biology, and encourage forest regrowth. Providing long term contracts to purchase mill residuals will provide underlying economic strength to the forest industry in the region.
Yes – REN is developing long term biomass supply contracts with several local mills, amounting to about $4 million/year, and will be spending an additional $8 to $10 million in local employee wages and services. REN is committed to using local businesses wherever possible, both in fabrication/construction, and in ongoing operations.
A Gigajoule is an energy measurement of natural gas. A Gigajoule (GJ) is a measurement of the energy contained in the RNG. Between 80,000 and 90,000 ODMT of feedstock is required annually (approximately 250 ODMT per day- ODMT is oven dry metric tonne). “ODMT” stands for “Oven Dried Metric Tonnes”.
RNG stands for Renewable Natural Gas, and means the methane is produced from a renewable feed-source (in REN’s case: woody biomass from trees) and not from fossil sources. RNG and natural gas are the same in chemical composition and fully interchangeable
SNG stands for Synthetic Natural Gas, and is often used to describe RNG. However, SNG is also a product from fossil sources including coal and coke which can follow a similar process to produce methane for pipeline distribution.
There will be some Carbon Dioxide emissions, but it is important to note this is not additional to the atmosphere, but is part of the circular energy cycle: CO2 => wood waste (biomass) => RNG => CO2 REN’s RNG is ‘carbon neutral’, and as uses for the CO2 are confirmed, it will become ‘carbon negative’, meaning that using it will have the net effect of removing CO2 from the atmosphere.
Yes, there will be a flare which is required for brief periods during start-up and in the case of emergency shutdown. The flare will ensure any small amount of methane purged from the system is combusted, instead of released directly to the atmosphere.
There will not be a stack from the gasifier, but there will be a vent from the syngas cleaning where excess CO2 is removed and vented to the atmosphere.
Simply put, ‘carbon neutral’ means that no additional carbon is introduced to the atmosphere when RNG is used in the same way that natural gas is used. Fossil fuels always add CO2 or even more harmful methane to the atmosphere. The ‘recycled’ CO2 provides the resource for plants to grow, the plants are harvested, and the CO2 is returned to the atmosphere for re-use in a circular energy cycle: CO2 => Trees (biomass) => RNG => CO2 .
REN’s RNG carbon emissions are evaluated on a complete lifecycle basis – as defined under BC’s CleanBC initiative and Low Carbon Fuels Standard – meaning that considering all inputs, like logging, transportation, processing compressing etc are considered. At that, the Carbon Intensity has been objectively determined by a 3rd party to be 0.425 grams of CO2 per MJ of RNG; basically, carbon neutral.
There will be additional traffic in the immediate vicinity of the Plant. However, the intersection of Hwy 3B and the Plant entrance will be modified to accommodate the additional traffic safely. The plant’s primary product is injected directly into the natural gas pipeline on the property, so no delivery trucks will be required.
Ash – which will be utilized by cement and concrete plants as a beneficial filler and for displacing Portland Cement.
CO2 – the Plant will produce “Green CO2”. Since this benign CO2 is derived from renewable sources (wood waste), this CO2 is a component of the circulating load of CO2 in the Earth’s biosphere and does not add to the total amount of CO2. This CO2 will be either:
Supplied to industry (food and beverage), or vented to the atmosphere
All aspects of the plant and the Plant operation will be in accordance with WorkSafeBC regulations as a minimum, and well as Provincial and Federal. REN values employee and public safety above all, and will take every precaution to ensure that safety.
REN will produce some of our own “green power” through the utilization of waste-heat from within the processes. The combination of grid-power and internally generated power is more than sufficient for the Plant’s power requirements. The availability of economic and clean electrical power in the area is significant in making this project work. For one, the ‘clean power’ contributes to lowering the RNG’s CI (Carbon Intensity); and two, it helps to reduce operating costs and thereby makes the project economically viable.