I was invited to speak today at the 5th annual Growing the Margins: Rural Green Energy Conference and Exhibition and 3rd annual Canadian Farm and Food Biogas Conference and Exhibition.
Why? Our Community Energy Initiative. Specifically our commitment to local renewable energy (solar and biomass)
Does the City have any biogas projects? Why yes, we do.
The City collects landfill gas at the closed Eastview Landfill and sells it to Ecotricity (owned by Guelph Hydro Inc.) who generate electricity from the methane gas. The electricity is sold to the provincial electricity grid.
The City’s Wastewater Treatment Facility also collects methane gas (biogas) from processing our wastewater and generates electricity to run the facility. The clever folks down at Wastewater have also teamed up with our Green Fleet Manager to convert a City vehicle to run on the biogas collected.
Participants at the conference will be touring our Wastewater Treatment Facility to see these innovations.
There was also interest in how we might use biomass in the future to generate heat and power for the city. Have you seen the signs around town – “Farmers Feed Cities? This means the food on our table but in the future they could be feeding us our clean renewable energy supply.
The Community Energy Initiative hopes to establish new linkages with our rural communities through the contacts we made at the conference.