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Proposed Project benefits

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​What are the benefits of the Project?

The proposed Project is expected to:

  • ​​Generate enough renewable energy to heat 3,250 homes (260,000 Gigajoules of RNG per year)
  • Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions every year by up to 42,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (equivalent to taking over 9,000 vehicles off the road).
  • Create nutrient-rich digestate that will be used to enrich local farm soil.
  • Create 110,000 hours of short-term employment during design and construction.
  • Create full-time employment for three individuals throughout operations.
  • Contribute to provincial and municipal tax revenues.
  • Provide up to 35,000 tonnes of processing capacity for regional off‑farm organic waste that is typically disposed of without benefit, such as fats, oils, and greases.
  • Support the diversification of the energy supply within Alberta.

Showcase Wheatland County

This innovative agro-industrial facility will help support Wheatland County’s existing and proposed Municipal Development Plans and will help to showcase Wheatland County as a leader in agro-industrial businesses and renewable energy.​​


What are the environmental benefits?

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  • This Project will reduce GHG emissions by capturing methane that would otherwise be released to the atmosphere, and instead turn it into useable energy.
    1. ​10% of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions are from crop and livestock production.
    2. In livestock production, methane (CH4) is produced by the decaying manure.
    3. Methane traps over 70 times more heat over a 20-year period than the equivalent amount of carbon dioxide, having a greater impact on climate change than CO2.
  • Application of digestate to farmland reduces the requirement for synthetic fertilizers which reduce GHG emissions, while providing the benefit of organic matter and other micro nutrients.​
  • Helps keep water safe since the nutrient balanced digestate that is applied to land in place of manure reduces the potential for nutrient loading in water bodies due to more bioavailable and homogenous nutrients.
  • Application of digestate has been shown to increase crop yields and soil health in Alberta, compared to the application of untreated manure.
  • AD facilities help livestock operations to reduce storage time for manure, reduce odours from land application, and allows for better management of pens and land application.
  • Implementation of AD as a waste management strategy in conjunction with the livestock sector decreases the environmental footprint of the industry and provides sustainable waste and resource management.
  • The RNG produced ​at this facility will be used in place of traditional natural gas and reduces reliance on fossil fuels.​​

​Project pa​ges to review

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What to expect from EPCOR and the facility

Learn more about EPCOR, what type of neighbour EPCOR and the facility will be and predicted odour conditions.
What to expect​​​​

 

Next steps 

View our next steps, project timelin​es and regulatory appro​vals needed along the way. 
Next steps and timelines​​​​​​​

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Abou​t the​ facility

Get to know what the facility will do, and view renderings ​of site plans and what it will look like. 
About the facility​​​​​​

 

The an​​​aerobic d​igestion process

Understand renewable natural gas (RNG), anaerobic d​igestion and how​ the process works to ​​​produce RNG and digestate.
Understand the process​​​​​​​​​​​