Greenhouse operators partial relief
The federal government has released
draft regulations related to greenhouse operations. As part of the draft, commercial greenhouse operators may be eligible for partial
relief through the use of an exemption certificate. If applicable, just 20% of the federal carbon charge will apply to natural gas delivered by a registered distributor to a greenhouse operator.
Greenhouse operators must provide EPCOR with an exemption certificate to confirm partial relief. Before completing a fuel relief charge form below, a greenhouse operator must meet the following conditions:
- Operations meets the definition of a greenhouse operator and eligible greenhouse
Greenhouse operator: a person that carries on a business of growing vegetables, fruits, bedding plants, flowers, ornamental plants, tree seedlings, medicinal plants or other plants in eligible greenhouses with a reasonable expectation of profit.
Eligible greenhouse: a greenhouse where all or substantially all of its growing area is used for the growing of vegetables, fruits, bedding plants, flowers, ornamental plants, tree seedlings, medicinal plants or other plants.
- Business conducts eligible greenhouse activity
Eligible greenhouse activity: the use of a qualifying greenhouse fuel to heat an eligible greenhouse or to supplement carbon dioxide in an eligible greenhouse in order to grow or produce plants.
Qualifying greenhouse fuel: a type of fuel that is marketable natural gas (as defined in Section 3 of the GGPPA) or propane.
- Reviews and understands obligations of the draft regulation
Part 5, Section 7 of the draft regulation states that if a qualifying greenhouse fuel delivered by a registered distributor is used by the greenhouse operator other than for eligible greenhouse activities, the greenhouse operator must pay a charge for the fuel to the federal government.
Once these conditions have been met greenhouse operators can apply for the exemption by completing
Form L404 and submitting it to