Jan. 25, 2010
GRAND FALLS (CNB) - Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will be reduced in the province as the result of a project being supported by the New Brunswick Climate Action Fund, Environment Minister Rick Miles announced today.
The Department of Environment is providing an investment of $903,870 to Laforge Holstein Ltd. to build a biogas plant (digester) to produce electricity. It will use the waste as fertilizer for local farming operations. The feedstock for the digester will come from waste potato peel, french fries and vegetable oil from the McCain Foods Ltd. plant in Grand Falls and manure from local dairy farms.
"Since electricity generation accounts for almost 40 per cent of New Brunswick's greenhouse gas emissions, projects such as this that produce power in an environmentally sustainable fashion contribute greatly to ensuring that New Brunswick continues to be a promoter of environmental sustainability, which we must achieve to remain positioned to be self-sufficient by 2026," Miles said.
This project is expected to reduce GHG emissions by 15,956 tonnes annually.
"Through this innovative project, Laforge Holstein Ltd. is directly contributing to the development of renewable energy in New Brunswick and promoting long-term, sustainable growth in the energy sector," said Energy Minister Jack Keir. "This project captures many aspects of our vision for the energy hub."
The project is identified in An Action Plan for Self-Sufficiency in Northern New Brunswick 2010-2013, a three-year plan for the government and community stakeholders to implement specific initiatives and strategies to be undertaken in northern New Brunswick. The plan lists specific actions with anticipated outcomes.
Established from New Brunswick's portion of the federal government's Canada Eco-Trust for Clean Air and Climate Change, the $34-million climate action fund supports projects in keeping with the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan.
The three-year fund is dedicated to public-sector, private-sector and not-for-profit initiatives that will result in reductions or avoidance of greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.
The provincial government launched the five-year action plan in June 2007. As a result of the New Brunswick-led initiatives in the plan, GHG emissions will be reduced in the province by 5.5 megatonnes annually in 2012.
With the addition of federal initiatives, the plan will reduce New Brunswick's GHG emissions to 1990 levels in 2012.
EDITOR'S NOTE: A description of the project follows. MEDIA CONTACTS: Jennifer Graham, communications, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700; Bonnie Doyle Creber, communications, Department of Energy, 506-658-2410.
Laforge Biogas Project
Laforge Farms is a dairy farm in Grand Falls. It has a herd size of 100 lactating cows, producing 3,103 tonnes of manure per year. Laforge Farms currently uses 240 hectares (600 acres).
Laforge Bioenvironmental will build a biogas plant (digester) system that will produce electricity. The liquid organic waste, which will be a bi-product of the process, will be used as an organic fertilizer on potato land and grain production in the Grand Falls area.
Biogas is the product of a biological process called anerobic digestion. In the absence of oxygen, anerobic bacteria decompose organic matter and produce biogas, which is primarily composed of methane (60 per cent) and carbon dioxide. Biogas can be compared to natural gas, which is 99 per cent methane.
The project is estimated to cost $2.35 million of which $903,870 is in the form of a grant from the climate action fund.
Feedstock for the system will be a combination of dairy manure, McCain Farms Ltd. waste (peels, sludge, waste oil), off-grade potatoes and waste grass. The project will generate 2.5 million Kwh/year of electricity. This is enough electricity to run 200 homes. Initial estimates are that carbon dioxide reductions from reduced transportation will equal 262,000 tonnes/year.
The project is expected to be completed this summer.