B.C. Updates the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Regulation for Renewable Natural Gas

By on June 29th, 2021 in Blog Posts

B.C.’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Regulation (GGRR) allows government to designate projects or classes of projects as “prescribed undertakings” to reduce GHG emissions. Utilities may voluntarily carry out prescribed undertakings and recover the costs in rates with minimal oversight by the British Columbia Utilities Commission. In May, the Government of British Columbia quietly updated the volume and price caps for #renewablenaturalgas (which includes #greenhydrogen ). These are significant changes! But these remain voluntary and maximum contract targets (not expected volumes).  

It’s been over 2 and a half years since the Province released #CleanBC – a roadmap to BC’s 2030 GHG reduction targets of 40% below 2007 levels. CleanBC only identified policies for 75% of the required reductions. The gap has actually increased with the release of more recent GHG inventories. Still, B.C. has yet to implement one of the key policies in CleanBC, namely the 15% renewable gas requirement for industrial and residential customers by 2030. This represents about 13% of the planned reductions. B.C. also hasn’t provided a clear roadmap for how it will achieve even deeper reductions from the #naturalgas sector after 2030.

– Trent Berry

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