The project is aimed at facilitating the storing of surplus biogas being produced at the WwTF for use in generating additional electricity. Project budget is $7.1M and expected construction start is 2018–19.
In 2010, the Purchasing Branch, in conjunction with the Engineering Department, issued RFP 2010-145P for Consulting Engineering Services to investigate the best use of the biogas produced at the Wastewater Treatment Facility (WwTF) to enhance or supplement the existing biogas electricity generating equipment.
A Schedule B Class EA process was initiated and a Public Information Centre was held at City Hall on April 3, 2012. The Ministry of Environment has since advised that the project does not require approval under the Environmental Assessment (EA) Act and is a Category A Electricity Project as classified under O. Reg. 116/01. As such, the City will close out the current process however will proceed with sending notification to those that have expressed an interest and have provided feedback from the open house and surveys.
Motion 12-G-242, from Staff Report ENG031-12, stated "That the recommendations for the Wastewater Treatment Facility (WwTF) Biogas Utilization Upgrades, be endorsed as follows":
Subsequent to the above motion, the City advised they were unsuccessful for the FIT application. City staff are monitoring for any new developments.
All public input was considered and we appreciate all comments and efforts from those who gave assistance to the City in developing its plans for enhanced biogas utilization. Although not all suggestions and ideas could be implemented, we believe that public input has benefitted all citizens of Barrie.
Excess bio gas (a natural bi-product of sewage treatment) is being burnt off. This is a normal process at the WwTF.
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