Bio-energy Development in the SAAEP Region
A very solid foundation for expanded bio-energy development exists in Southern Alberta. Lethbridge County, and the city of Lethbridge, contain Western Canada’s largest biodiesel refinery, and biogas power plant, respectively. The entire area produces an abundance of agricultural and livestock waste suitable for bio-energy uses.
A 71 million liter per year biodiesel facility, commissioned in 2013. The company is currently raising capital towards plant upgrades which will allow handling of waste fats (animal tallow) and oils (Used Cooking Oil – UCO) to achieve ASTM spec biodiesel.
The Lethbridge biogas/cogeneration plant processes organic residues such as agricultural manures and food processing by-products. It uses the biogas generated in two 1.4MW combined heat and power units (CHP) to produce green and renewable electricity for the Alberta grid.
Grow The Energy Circle operates an on-farm biogas facility, producing electricity to off-set electricity consumption on its potato operations near Coaldale.
This short-term program is meant to support bioenergy production while a bioenergy industry review is conducted to inform long-term policy options that would support a sustainable sector in Alberta.
The AB RFS requires an average of five per cent renewable alcohol in gasoline and two per cent renewable diesel in diesel fuel sold in Alberta
Status of the industry in Alberta. Plus locations of biomass, biofuels, and biogas facilities. Coordinated and produced by the Waterfall Group
Federal Bioenergy Resources
Canada’s primary industry relations group on biofuels such as bio-diesel and ethanol
Since 2008, the CBA’s membership has grown to over 100, including farmers, municipalities, technology developers, consultants, finance and insurance firms, and more