Biogas Project

The Chatham-Kent Public Utilities Commission (PUC) worked in partnership with Entegrus Powerlines and Corix Utilities to construct a methane-burning generator, which will use the Biogas from the anaerobic digestion of organic matter (which produces methane gas) to produce hydro.  Biogas is a form of renewable energy, which can be used by the PUC to reduce operating costs, by using the energy it produces.

“The generator burns methane from the plant that is naturally produced by the bacteria during the anaerobic process.  Much of the methane is normally burnt off much like what you see around oil rigs.   We now have the opportunity to generate electrical energy instead of wasting the methane into the air,” explained Dan Charron, President, Entegrus Powerlines.  “The Biogas project produces approximately 250 kW of energy per hour that is being fed back into our system.  That is the equivalent to the energy consumption of approximately 175 households in our service area at any given time.”

This type of initiative is not only important because of its ability to reduce operating costs by feeding energy back into the grid, but it also assists with the provincial objectives of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by displacing energy produced from fossil sources.  

“The success of this project is due to the cooperation and involvement between all parties involved,” stated Tom Kissner, General Manager of the Chatham-Kent PUC. “Working with Entegrus and Corix Utilities brought great value to the project due to their knowledge and expertise, the involvement and commitment of our staff ensured critical timelines were met, and the forward thinking of commission members that supported this project was all imperative to its’ success.”

 “We are honoured that the Chatham-Kent PUC and Entegrus entrusted Corix to manage the biogas project from project inception in 2009 through to full operations,” stated Eric van Roon, VP & COO, Corix Utilities.  “One of the first of its kind in Canada, the highly successful project showcases innovative, practical and sustainable solutions delivered under the Ontario FIT program.  It has been a pleasure working with the Municipality over the years and we look forward to collaborating on future projects.”

Mayor Randy Hope is pleased to see the results of this partnership.  “Results from the partnership between Entegrus, Corix, and the PUC is a prime example of innovative solutions that can be accomplished when we work together for the betterment of our community, and the environment.”

Entegrus Powerlines applied to the Ontario Power Authority’s FIT (Feed in Tariff) program in order to be eligible to connect to the grid.  Visit for more information on the OPA’s FIT Program. 

Photo of Biogas facility with methane bag and generator


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