Canadian city receives funding for landfill gas system expansion

Grant to Regina, Saskatchewan, will allow city to expand its methane-gas-to-energy system.

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February 28, 2019

The government of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, is poised to receive a grant from Canada’s federal government to help it expand its landfill-gas-to-energy system.

A mid-February announcement from Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale and Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna, indicates the city will receive nearly CA$1.3 million (just under $1 million) in funding to help expand its landfill gas collection and recovery system.

The funding is considered welcome news by the city’s mayor, Michael Fougere, who comments, “The landfill gas to energy project has been an unqualified success for the City of Regina, significantly reducing the methane gases produced by the landfill by 30 percent while also providing a financial benefit to our residents.”

The Canadian government ties the funding to a wider Low Carbon Economy Fund initiative, which it calls “an important part of Canada’s climate plan.” Through that fund, the government invests in projects it identifies as being able to reduce carbon pollution, save money and create jobs in an economic “clean” sector.

The funding is expected to result in up to 30 new gas wells and associated infrastructure at the landfill site.