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$42M Niagara Falls RNG plant to be fuelled by landfill waste

Enbridge to implement a pilot volunteer renewable natural gas program in Ontario starting in 2021.

October 15, 2020   by PLANT STAFF

(L-R) Walter Graziani, president Comcor, Jeff Yurek, Ontario environment minister, Mike Watt, executive vice-president, Walker Industries, Bill Walker, associate minister of energy, Cynthia Hansen, Enbridge executive vice-president & president, gas distribution and storage; and Geordie Walker, president and CEO, Walker Industries. Photo: Denis Cahill

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont.  — Four partners are building a renewable natural gas (RNG) plant that will generate enough energy from landfill waste to heat 8,750 homes across the country and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 48,000 tonnes.

The $42 million Niagara Falls Renewable Natural Gas plant brings together the Ontario government, Walker Industries in Niagara Falls, Ont., energy company Enbridge and Comcor Environmental on a project that will capture biogas generated by decomposing organic waste and transform it into renewable natural gas.

The Ontario Energy Board has also approved an application from Enbridge to implement a pilot Voluntary Renewable Natural Gas Program in Ontario starting in 2021. Customers can choose to support the transition to clean energy by making a small monthly contribution to purchase carbon-neutral renewable natural gas.

During the first five years of the program, Enbridge Gas anticipates up to 28,000 customers could participate reducing CO2 emissions by 8,000 tonnes, equivalent to taking 1,600 cars off the road for one year.

The new plant will employ approximately 50 people during construction, and add three new full-time skilled jobs once the facility is operational.

The project is to be completed by the end of 2021.

Family-run Walker Industries provides construction materials and services, emulsions, organics recovery, waste services and renewable energy.

Comcor Environmental is a consulting engineering firm in Cambridge, Ont. specializing in landfill gases.

 


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