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​What to expect from EPCOR and the proposed facility

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EPCOR's commitment to your community​

EPCOR wants to be a good neighbor. A big part of that is ensuring our communities know what we’re doing and have an opportunity to engage with us. 

  • EPCOR is committed to engaging with communities, regulatory agencies, and members of the public on our projects.
  • Our employees work 24/7 to provide essential services to a number of communities.
  • We consider environmental stewardship in all that we do.
  • As a company, and through our employees, we contribute to the communities where we live and work.​

​Being a good neighbor

See what we're proposing to reduce the impacts of the facility.​
Facility operations

  Facility Operations

  • The facility will be operational 24hrs, 7 days per week.
  • The facility is expected to require 2-3 staff for regular operations.
  • Staff will be onsite during the operating hours of Monday to Sunday 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Odour

 Odour

  • The two main potential sources of odour are those arising from (1) the feedstock brought to the facility (during transit, offloading and short-term storage), and (2) the pasteurization and dewatering process (which are housed inside the building). 
  • At least 50​​% of the feedstock processed at the facility will be livestock manure which is already located and prevalent at the feedlot.
  • External feedstock, once onsite, will be unloaded as quickly as possible and stored in an odour-tight storage tank or on the receiving pad nearest the facility receiving area for quick input into the digestion process.
  • EPCOR will work with its suppliers of external feedstock and where possible, mitigate odours that may arise from the transit of the feedstock to the facility.
  • The feedstock in the receiving area will be actively managed and storage volumes will be kept as low as possible to reduce potential for odours.
  • Odours from the dewatering and pasteurization processes will be mitigated by treating the air from this area of the building using odour control equipment.​​
Traffic

 Traffic

  • Entry to the facility is off Range Road 253 by a private roadway located on the feedlot.
  • At full operations, 12–16 trucks to deliver feedstock to the facility and remove dewatered digestate are anticipated per day. It is expected that:
    • ​​50% to 75% of the truck traffic will arrive from the feedlot through internal property roadways (not requiring travel on public roadways).
    • 25% to 50 % of the remaining truck traffic will travel via public roadways and arrive via Range Road 253.
  • Regular traffic to the facility will only be during the operating hours of the facility, which are 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. daily.​​​​
Liquid digestate and storage

 Liquid digestate and storage

  • A portion of the liquid digestate resulting from the dewatering process will be re-used in the anaerobic digestion process.
  • The liquid digestate not redirected into the process will be stored in a lined pond designed to meet regulatory requirements. Ground water monitoring around the lagoon will be in place to detect any leaks should they occur. Any leaks detected will be actioned.
  • Excess liquid digestate not used in the process will be removed from the storage lagoon via the feedlot’s irrigation network and will be applied to Cattleland’s farmland, similar to the collected runoff water from the feedlot, reducing the need for synthetic fertilizer. Application of this liquid digestate to farmland will follow Natural Resources Conservation Board (NRCB) regulations.

Solid digestate

 Solid digestate

  • The solid digestate will be spread on to agricultural land by Cattleland, as is currently being done with livestock manure.
  • The solid digestate will be removed from the facility by Cattleland regularly and will be stored on the feedlot or farmland until it is applied to the farmland.​
  • Just as is the case with livestock manure, the storage and application of the solid digestate will be regulated by the NRCB.

Process water and storage

 Process water and storage

  • The facility will be able to recycle water from the digestion process for use as process water by reusing the liquid digestate. This will reduce the amount of additional water that will need to be sourced for the process.
  • As well, certain types of liquid feedstock, including the water from the feedlot’s runoff water ponds can be used as process water in the facility.
  • Additional process water required (to an expected maximum of 50,000 m3 per year) will be from fresh water from the Bow River under a water license (EPCOR is currently in negotiation for the purchase of a license) which will be delivered to site via the Western Irrigation District waterl​ine.
  • The fresh water storage pond will be designed to meet regulatory requirements. This will include fencing to prevent animals, people, and vehicles from accidentally accessing the pond.​

Animals/Pests

 Animals/Pests

  • Facility-wide fencing will prevent larger animals from coming onsite.
  • The feedstock in the receiving area will be actively managed and storage volumes will be kept as low as possible to prevent attracting birds or other pests.
  • Pest control measures will be used, as required.​

Noise

 Noise

  • Noise from the site may arise during operating hours from truck traffic coming and going to deliver feedstock and remove digestate, and use of equipment on site such as mobile equipment to transfer feedstock.
  • Speed limits on site will be strictly enforced to prevent excess noise.
  • Equipment used onsite will be regularly maintained to ensure it is operating within recommended noise limits.
  • Process system flare will occasionally operate. Flare design chosen to minimize audible noise and visible light.​

Dust

 Dust

  • Dust generated from truck traffic will be monitored. If necessary, water application will be considered in high traffic areas.
  • Traffic speeds onsite will be limited and strictly enforced to minimize dust.​​

Facility lighting

 Facility lighting

  • External lighting will be required for operation of vehicles onsite during operating hours in low-light periods during the fall and winter months.
  • In addition, some external lighting will be required outside of regular operating hours for security purposes.
  • Outdoor lighting fixtures will be approved by the International Dark-Sky Association to limit light pollution.​
Precipitation and runoff management

 Precipitation and runoff management

  • As much as possible, precipitation will be collected and reused on site.
  • Precipitation that comes into contact with feedstock material at the receiving area will be treated as leachate, collected, and re‑used within the digestion process.
  • Site design will manage clean precipitation runoff to direct drainage to mimic the pre-development flow patterns so as to minimize impact to nearby wetlands.​

​Predicted odour conditions​

​What is an Odour Unit (OU)?

​Detection threshold:The concentration of an odour where 50% of individuals will be able to detect the presence of an odour. By definition, this detection threshold level occurs at 1 OU (Odour Unit). 

Recognition Threshold: The concentration of an odour where most individuals will be able to recognize and characterize the odour. Generally, recognition occurs when odour concentrations reach the range of 5 OU to 10 OU; however, this is dependent on the type of odour and the sensitivity of the receptors.


Odours from Cattleland feedlot only





​O​dours from EPCOR RNG Facility only

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​​About EPCOR

​Who is EPCOR?

​EPCOR builds, owns, and operates electrical, natural gas, and water transmission and distribution networks, water and wastewater treatment facilities, sanitary, and stormwater systems in Canada and the United States. The company also provides electricity, natural gas, and water products and services to residential and commercial customers. Learn more about our operations and ​where we operat​e

Specifically in southern Alberta, EPCOR operates water and wastewater systems for municipal clients in: 

  • Strathmore (22 years)
  • Chestermere (15 years)
  • Red Deer County (21 years)
  • Canmore (21 years)
  • Kananaskis (8 years)​​​

EPCOR operational excellence 

EPCOR has ove​r 130 years of utility experience, serves over two million customers in two countries, four provinces and three states, and is a reliable and responsible owner and operator of over $13 billion in utility asse​ts. EPCOR is ​committed to conducting​ our business and operations safely and responsibly.

EPCOR is committed to conducting our business and operations safely and responsibly. Environmental stewardship, public health and community well‑being are at the heart of our mission to provide clean water and safe, reliable energy.

Learn about our priorities and values​



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Sustainability reporting 

EPCOR tracks and reports on a number of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) goals. Our ESG goals are derived from reviews of our company’s performance and reporting standards, and reflect feedback from stakeholders representing a broad range of interests and experiences.

View our ESG report

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EPCOR in your community

In 2019, EPCOR commenced a 15-year agreement to sponsor the Strathmore Motor Products Sports Center. 

In 2020 and 2021, through the Heart + Soul Fund by EPCOR, we proudly supported the Wheatland Crisis Society, the Wheatland Food Bank, and the Wheatland Society of Arts.​

 

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EPCOR as an employer

EPCOR has more than 3,500 employees and is an Alberta Top 75 employer (since 2006), is among Canada’s Top Employers for Young People (since 2012), and is ranked among Corporate Knights’ 2021 Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada.​ View our current job openings.

       

Our commitment to health and safety starts in the workplace and extends into the community. We aim to be a company where safety matters most, so that we can continue to provide safe and reliable essential services to our customers and preserve the environment.
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Next steps and timelines

View our next steps, project timelines and regulatory approvals needed along the way. 
Next steps and timelines​​​​​​​​​

 

About 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​​​​​​

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The anaerobic d​igestion process

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

 

Project benefits

Discover how the​ proj​ect is expected to benefit the community and the environment once it is ope​rationa​l.
Project benefits​​​