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What is Renewable Natural Gas and What are the Benefits?

Updated: Mar 18, 2021

As written by Fortis BC

Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) is made from organic waste produced by every day activities. As organic matter, such as food or cow manure, rots, it releases methane. For more than 10 years we’ve teamed up with RNG suppliers, including local farms, landfills, green energy companies and municipalities, to capture that methane and purify it to make RNG. Capturing methane that would otherwise escape into the atmosphere, and using it to make renewable energy, makes RNG a carbon neutral energy source.*

RNG is one way that is helping us meet an ambitious target to reduce our customers’ greenhouse gas emissions 30 per cent by 2030. Within this target is a goal to have 15 per cent of our natural gas supply be renewable by 2030.

What is Renewable Natural Gas?

When bacteria digest decomposing organic matter, they create raw biogas, which is primarily methane. It can be cleaned and used for energy by our customers.

What is Renewable Natural Gas, and how is it made?

Environmental Benefits of Renewable Natural Gas

Carbon neutral RNG helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It also puts organic waste to work, rather than sending it to a landfill. Learn more about the benefits of this sustainable energy source.

Environmental Benefits of Renewable Natural Gas

Affordable Renewable Natural Gas

It costs as little as $3 extra a month for an average household to support RNG. We have options to suit every budget and a calculator to show how much your monthly contribution will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Affordable Renewable Natural Gas Options

Renewable Natural Gas Safety

Sure it’s clean, but is it safe? Absolutely—the safety of RNG has been studied to ensure it meets the same high standards as conventional natural gas.

Renewable Natural Gas Safety

*Renewable Natural Gas is produced in a different manner than conventional natural gas. It is derived from biogas, which is produced from decomposing organic waste from landfills, agricultural waste and wastewater from treatment facilities. The biogas is captured and cleaned to create carbon neutral Renewable Natural Gas (also called biomethane).

Source: Fortis BC

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