Request for information for renewable natural gas volumes

Énergir has issued a request for information for renewable natural gas (RNG) producers to increase the quantity of RNG in its gas system.
Since 2019, the Regulation Respecting the Quantity of Renewable Natural Gas to be Delivered by Distributor (c. R -6.01, r.4.3) requires gas distributors to deliver 5% of their RNG volumes for the fiscal year beginning October 2025 and 10% for the fiscal year beginning October 2030.

As a key player in Quebec’s energy transition, and in accordance with this regulation, Énergir is pursuing its supply of RNG through this request for information to meet these targets while reducing its GHG emissions.

This request for proposals aims to obtain long-term commitments for volumes between 70 and 100 Mm3 annually with desired deliveries before October 1, 2024.

This request for proposals will be carried out in two phases:
  • Bidders will submit their responses to the Request for Information (RFI) by November 18, 2022.
  • Énergir will then invite the selected projects to participate in request for proposals (RFP) that will take place during the winter. The objective is to contract volumes by the end of spring 2023.

Projects targeted by the request for information

This request targets RNG producers:
  • Located in Quebec or anywhere in North America
  • Able to commit for first deliveries on October 2024
  • Producing RNG from organic feedstock (farming, landfills, municipalities, industrials, forestry, others)

Filling responses

Project developers are invited to submit their response to the Request for Information (RFI) via email to aognr@energir.com by November 18, 2022, 5 PM EST.
As a reminder: Only selected projects will be invited by Énergir to participate in the second phase of this RFP by submitting a detailed offer in January 2023.

Documents for preparing and presenting a request for information

See the documents

Have any questions? Here are our answers.

Will you also accept RTC’s?
With its Audit Standard, Énergir needs to validate that it buys RNG. The acceptance of RTC's or other tracking system for environmental attributes will be discussed with the proponent and our third-party audit firm, using project-specific information, at a later stage of the RFP process. This should not restrict promoters to submit in the RFI.

One of the conditions on the RFI is to be “Able to commit for first deliveries on October 2024”. If our project schedule projects first delivery sometime in early 2025. Should we still apply?
In the RFI document, it is stated that the first delivery is preferable by October024. We will take into consideration projects with later delivery date. Énergir invites bidders to submit in the RFI, even with an expected first delivery early 2025.

The RFP asks for information on carbon intensity. Does the buyer place a premium on carbon-negative RNG (such as that produced by dairy and swine digester projects) such that a respondent could ask for additional value for the carbon-negative increment of the renewable attributes? Or does the buyer simply want a given quantity of RNG that meets eligibility criteria?
Énergir is looking to purchase RNG that will meet the definition and criterias defined in Appendix 2 of the Request for Information No. 22-006 . Every projects supplying RNG meeting these definition and criterias will be accepted and analyzed. This is a competitive process and applied premiums related to specific RNG sources is at the discretion of the respondent.

"I can not recall if the regulations that you operate under in Quebec include a price cap that sets a ceiling for RNG purchases that you make. Would you refresh my memory?
We are trying to determine if we will be responding to you RFI/RFP, and the price cap item is important to us."

According to the current regulation, every RNG contract has to be approved by our regulator but there is currently no price cap for the RNG purchase by Énergir. Setting apart the regulation that applied in Québec, this RFI/RFP is a competitive process and Énergir asks proponents to provide their reponse accordingly. Énergir invites bidders to respond to the RFI with volume, price and terms depending on project's need.

If a Seller has multiple Projects producing RNG, can the Seller deliver the Annual Contract Quantity from a combination of projects? This structure will reduce the risk to the Seller as well as Energir.
Yes, a portfolio approach is acceptable for Énergir. In this case, the producer will need to list the various projects in the portfolio and Énergir will conduct audits at each site.