Stanton Farms site of first Ontario agriculture based RNG supplier to Enbridge

Mike Edwards   

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Stanton Farms, of Ilderton, ON, is now officially Ontario’s first agriculture based RNG supplier, after starting operations of its newly expanded biogas facility to transform on-farm and community-based organic waste into the carbon-neutral fuel.

As a result, Stanton Farms will produce more than 3 million cubic metres of RNG each year to be blended into the Enbridge Gas natural gas distribution network-enough renewable energy to heat more than 1,300 homes.

Stanton Farms has supplied the nearby Town of Ilderton with renewable electricity for more than a decade, having installed one of Canada’s first on-farm anaerobic digestion systems for biogas production.

“Stanton Farms’ new RNG facility builds on our commitment to sustainability and helps decarbonize Canada’s natural gas supply,” notes Laurie Stanton, president of Stanton Farms.

“By helping to divert community-based organic waste from landfill, Stanton Farms is also helping to make Ilderton one of Canada’s most renewable communities by suppling renewable energy for both its heating and electricity needs.”

Stanton Farms says it is pleased to support an innovative collaboration with Enbridge and local politicians by turning on the valve, which exemplifies how farms, governments and utilities can leverage existing resources and energy infrastructure to reduce emissions and stimulate regional economic development. Photos: Facebook (top) and Enbridge.

RNG is created by capturing “biogas” emissions from organic waste, landfills, and wastewater treatment plants, and then upgraded into pipeline-quality gas.

Enbridge Gas says it is leading the way to a low-carbon future by connecting RNG producers to the energy grid. The RNG produced at Stanton Farms will be blended into the company’s natural gas distribution network and storage using an innovative RNG injection station, to ultimately heat homes, power businesses and fuel fleets.

“The increasing demand of RNG in Ontario, and beyond, enables farms like Stanton to demonstrate environmental leadership by converting farm waste into a useable, low-carbon energy source,” says Steven Jelich, director of Southwest Region Operations for Enbridge Gas.

“We’re pleased to support this innovative collaboration, which exemplifies how farms and utilities can leverage existing resources and energy infrastructure to reduce emissions and stimulate regional economic development.”

With its expanded biogas facility, Stanton Farms will be able to divert more than 60,000 tonnes of community-based organic waste each year, reducing the release of methane into the atmosphere and eliminating more than 11,000 tonnes of GHG emissions annually-the equivalent of taking more than 2,200 passenger vehicles off the road.

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