Ontario aims to cut red tape for on-farm biogas, boost revenues

By Erin Voegele | November 20, 2019

The government of Ontario announced Nov. 18 it will launch public consultations to identify potential changes that would reduce red tape and grow untapped economic opportunities for on-farm biogas operations, including on-farm biogas upgrading to produce renewable natural gas (RNG). It will also seek opportunities to streamline approvals and requirements for off-farm and agricultural feedstocks. A statement issued by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said the consultation will address ways to boost biogas sector revenues by up to 50 percent over the next five years.

 "Today we are launching consultations designed to unlock the economic potential of the biogas industry," said Ernie Hardeman, Ontario's Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "These consultations will focus on identifying potential changes that would enable the biogas sector to access new markets for renewable natural gas through red tape reduction. We want these consultations to pinpoint potential changes that could enable Ontario's $35 million dollar-a-year biogas sector to grow by up to 50 percent over the next five years."

According to the Ontario government, there are currently more than 40 agri-food anaerobic digesters in the providence. Most of those facilities are located on farms.

Additional information, including directions on how to participate in the consultation, is available on the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs website