New study shows that B.C.’s renewable and low carbon gas supply could be double current gas use by 2050

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A recent study by FortisBC claims that by 2050, the province’s gas system could be compl…

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A recent study by FortisBC claims that by 2050, the province’s gas system could be completely supplied by made-in-B.C. renewable and low carbon sources.

FortisBC says the study, released on Wednesday, shows that by 2050, the potential of renewable and low carbon gases could reach 440 petajoules (PJ) per year—roughly double what currently flows through FortisBC’s gas infrastructure to B.C. residents.

The joint study commissioned by the provincial government, FortisBC, and B.C. Bioenergy Network (BCBN) examined the potential production of renewable and low carbon gases using only B.C. resources by 2030 and 2050, as well as looked at overall potential production in Canada and the U.S.

Fortis says if the renewable and low carbon gas industry continues to grow, in both capacity and technological innovation, B.C. could potentially produce up to 50 PJ of renewable and low carbon gases annually by 2030 and up to 440 PJ by 2050.

The study highlights the importance of renewable and low carbon gases to the province’s energy future and meeting the greenhouse gas emission reduction targets of the CleanBC Roadmap, Fortis said in a release.

The company added that replacing conventional natural gas with renewable and low carbon gases can help homes and businesses across the province decarbonize efficiently and affordably.

 

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