Support a greener future for just $2 a month
Wind and solar are popular forms of renewable energy, but did you know that food scraps, farm waste and sewage can also provide carbon-neutral renewable natural gas (RNG) that helps fight climate change? Once produced, RNG is added seamlessly to our natural gas system to be used for everyday convenience—from cosy home heating to cooking.
It’s now easy and affordable to help green Ontario’s natural gas supply. Sign up for OptUp. For just two dollars a month, you can contribute to making our natural gas system more sustainable with RNG; the more households that sign up, the greater the environmental impact.
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Affordable and convenient
For just two dollars a month, you’ll enjoy the same natural gas service, while making a positive impact on the environment.
Lower Ontario’s carbon footprint
Help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions with a waste-to-energy solution that fights climate change.
It’s quick and easy to opt in & out
With no contract, you can change your mind at any time, without penalty, and it will be reflected on your next bill.
Your contribution helps build a clean energy future in Ontario
RNG is a carbon-neutral fuel that reduces harmful emissions and provides a renewable source of energy. With your contribution of just two dollars a month, RNG can be blended into our natural gas system and delivered to heat homes and businesses.
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A small change you can feel good about
For just two dollars a month over one year*, participating in OptUp is equivalent to:
*Based on purchasing 610,000 m3 of RNG from the contributions of 16,000 customers as calculated at epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator
Meet an RNG producer: StormFisherBiogas Facility: London, Ontario
At its London, Ontario facility, StormFisher converts organic waste to RNG. The process captures methane that would otherwise be released into the environment. The facility:
- Processes over 70,000 tonnes of organic waste.
- Eliminates over 8,000 tonnes of GHG emissions.
- Produces over 3 million m3 of RNG.
RNG in action: Ontario’s first carbon-negative busHamilton Street Railway: Hamilton, Ontario
Hamilton, Ontario residents can enjoy a cleaner commute on a bus powered by 100 percent RNG. As RNG captures harmful emissions, using it to fuel transit actually goes beyond achieving net zero carbon.
- Fuelling with RNG is an effective way to fight climate change.
- A made-in-Ontario waste-to-energy solution.
- Uses RNG from StormFisher’s Biogas Facility in London, Ontario.
- Displaces over 35,000 litres of diesel a year.
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RNG is a carbon-neutral fuel that can help fight climate change. Created by capturing methane emissions from organic waste, landfills and wastewater treatment plants, RNG will play an important role in Ontario’s clean energy future. RNG can be used to fuel transit fleets, power industry and heat homes and businesses. RNG is not a fossil fuel; therefore, it is an effective solution to help communities reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
OptUp is an easy and affordable way for you to help green Ontario’s natural gas supply. For just two dollars a month, you are helping to fund the cost of purchasing and adding RNG to our natural gas supply; the more customers that sign up for OptUp, the greater the environmental impact.
By choosing to participate in OptUp for Renewable Natural Gas, you’re helping to fund the cost of adding RNG to our natural gas supply and thus increasing the demand for investment in RNG, a renewable energy source. Continued increase in demand and investment for renewable energy will help grow our province’s focus on lower carbon initiatives, supporting the transition to renewable energy in Ontario.
It’s quick and convenient to enroll in [program name] and join other households to support a clean energy future. You can either join by completing a short online form or simply call Enbridge Gas at the number noted below.
Once you are enrolled, customers formerly served by Enbridge Gas Distribution will see a two-dollar utility service charge. Customers formerly served by Union Gas will see a two-dollar miscellaneous expense. There’s no change to your natural gas service – you’ll continue to receive the same safe and reliable natural gas. There’s also no contract and so you can choose to cancel at any time without penalty, with 30-day’s notice.
RNG can only be added to the broader natural gas network. This means that when Enbridge Gas adds RNG to its network, the gas being delivered to homes and businesses becomes a blend of conventional natural gas and RNG. Your two-dollar contribution supports the addition of RNG into Enbridge Gas’ natural gas network.
RNG is typically produced from:
- Organic waste from food processing facilities.
- Municipal organic waste.
- Agricultural waste, such as leftover crops and animal manure.
- Bio-solids from wastewater treatment plants.
Yes, you can change your mind and opt out at any time, without penalty or cost, by simply calling Enbridge Gas. We require a 30-days’ notice for cancellation and for the change to be reflected on your next billing cycle.
Yes. You can participate if you are a system gas general service customer (you buy your gas through Enbridge Gas) and are in one of the following rate classes: Rate 1, Rate 6, Rate 01, Rate 10, Rate M1 and Rate M2.
How much RNG will be added to the natural gas system will depend on the number of customers who participate and the cost of RNG, since it may vary year-to-year. Assuming 16,000 customers participate in the first year, and the price of RNG is around 80 cents per cubic meter of RNG, approximately 610,000 cubic meters of RNG will be delivered to participating customers.
On September 24, 2020, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) approved an Enbridge Gas application (EB-2020-0066) to implement this program and to set a new two-dollar charge to relevant rate schedules; the program results will be reported to the OEB as part of the program review.
As part of the requirements for the application filed with the Ontario Energy Board, Enbridge Gas will report annually on program results.