Report uncovers Canadian biogas potential

By Staff | January 30, 2014

In Canada, the Biogas Association has published a report that finds domestic biogas sources have the potential to contribute 810 megawatts of electricity to the Canadian energy supply, equating to approximately 1.3 percent of electricity demand. Alternatively, the same biogas sources could be used to generate 2.42 billion cubic meters of renewable natural gas (RNG) per year, which is enough to meet 3 percent of Canada’s natural gas demand. 

The report, titled “Canadian Biogas Study: Benefits to the Economy, Environment, and Energy,” lists agriculture as the most significant source of biogas, capable of generating 550 MW of power or 1.65 billion cubic meters of RNG. Landfill gas also has great potential, with enough resources to generate 95 MW of power or 0.29 billion cubic meters of RNG. Agricultural digesters represent 68 percent of Canada’s biogas opportunity, followed by landfill gas projects at 12 percent.