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The Bioenergy Producer Program (BPP) has been extended, with a revised scope, and runs from October 1, 2017 to March 31, 2020. The program is intended to support bioenergy production capacity in Alberta in order to:
- reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the use of fossil fuel alternatives
- create value-added opportunities with economic benefits
The BPP provides grants to dedicated biofuel-producing facilities. These include:
- liquid biofuels such as biodiesel, ethanol and pyrolysis oil
- biogas electricity production from farm-based anaerobic digesters
- electricity produced from wood byproducts (biomass) – stand-alone facility only
For more information, read the Bioenergy Producer Program Outline.
Funding will only support production that leads to greenhouse gas reductions when compared to a conventional alternative. Verification of a reduction will be made through a Life Cycle Emission Assessment.
The BPP has a $63 million program budget that will span a 30-month period:
- Program Period 1 (October 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018): $10 million
- Program Period 2 (April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019): $28 million
- Program Period 3 (April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020): $25 million
Note: These amounts include program administration expenses.
Table 1. Maximum funding per facility
|Type of bioenergy product||Program Period 1 – maximum funding per facility||Program Period 2 – maximum funding per facility||Program Period 3 – maximum funding per facility|
|Electricity from combustion and gasification of biomass||$2,000,000.00||$3,700,000.00||$3,700,000.00|
|Electricity from combustion of biogas||$500,000.00||$1,000,000.00||$1,000,000.00|
Producer credit rate
Support for qualifying production is based on the following rates, subject to the maximum levels of support.
Table 2. Producer credit rate
|First generation ethanol||$0.10 per litre|
|Advanced biofuel (PDF, 28 KB)||$0.14 per litre|
|Renewable diesel, biodiesel, pyrolysis oil||$0.13 per litre|
|Electricity from combustion and gasification of biomass*|
|Monthly average pool price equal or below $45.00 per megawatt hour (MWh)||$25.00 per MWh|
|Monthly average pool price above $45.00 per MWh||$70.00 per MWh – Monthly Average Pool Price = Credit Rate|
|Electricity from combustion of biogas|
|$60.00 per MWh|
*The Alberta Climate Change Office will post the final credit rate for the grant holder to use in their invoice. See the monthly credit rate section below.
Monthly credit rate
The following credit rates must be used if holding a grant agreement for the production of electricity from the combustion or gasification of biomass.
Table 3. Monthly credit rate for electricity from biomass combustion and gasification
|Month||Monthly average pool price
of electricity* ($ per MWh)
|BPP credit rate
($ per MWh)
*Monthly average pool price is taken from the Alberta Electric System Operator’s Pool Monthly Summary Report.
For more details about eligibility requirements, see:
The BPP is intended for Alberta bioenergy producers. The application submission period for the BPP officially ended on February 26, 2018 and no new applications are being accepted.
Facilities with accepted EOIs can still submit their application by December 14, 2019.
In order to be eligible for funding under the program, facilities with accepted EOIs must have produced bioenergy for a minimum of 3 consecutive months prior to their application being submitted.
Applicants with accepted EOIs that are approved following submission of formal applications will be eligible for funding for the remaining duration of the BPP, subject to the terms and conditions of the grant agreement.
How to apply
Step 1. Read the guidelines
Step 2. Complete the application package
- BPP Application Package (XLS, 414 KB)
Step 3. Submit the application package
Applications from accepted EOI facilities must be received by 4:30 pm Mountain Time on December 14, 2019. Any late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.
Only online submissions (by email) will be accepted. Email your application to [email protected].
Grant recipients must submit their quarterly invoices for the program on or before the due dates in Table 4.
Table 4. Program reporting deadlines
|Program period||Quarter||Production time||Due date for producers|
(October 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018)
|1||October 1 to December 31, 2017||Within 30 days of signing Grant Agreement|
|2||January 1 to March 31, 2018||Within 30 days of signing Grant Agreement|
(April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019)
|1||April 1 to June 30, 2018||July 31, 2018|
|2||July 1 to September 30, 2018||October 31, 2018|
|3||October 1 to December 31, 2018||January 31, 2019|
|4||January 1 to March 31, 2019||April 30, 2019|
(April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020)
|1||April 1 to June 30, 2019||July 31, 2019|
|2||July 1 to September 30, 2019||October 31, 2019|
|3||October 1 to December 31, 2019||January 31, 2020|
|4||January 1 to March 31, 2020||April 30, 2020|
Grant recipients must submit the Period Report for the program on or before the due dates in Table 5, along with the Third-party Audit Report and a stamped or sealed engineer’s letter verifying production and calibration certificates of measurement equipment.
Table 5. Period report due dates
|Program period||Production time||Due date for producers|
|Period 1||October 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018||July 31, 2018|
|Period 2||April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019||June 30, 2019|
|Period 3||April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020||June 30, 2020|
Third-party audit report
- Third-party Audit Report Form (XLS, 335 KB)
Life cycle emission verification and assessment
Applicants will need to provide a Life Cycle Emission Assessment of their bioenergy production, verified by a qualified third party acceptable to the province with their application package and all Period Reports.
A third-party Lifecycle Emission Verification Report is a mandatory item with Period Reports for Program Periods 2 and 3.
- Life Cycle Emission Guideline (PDF, 295 KB)
- Life Cycle Emission Verification Report Guideline (PDF, 45 KB)
- Life Cycle Emission Verification Report Template (DOCX, 62 KB)
- Life Cycle Emission Verification Report Forms (XLS, 208 KB)
- Life Cycle Emission Assessment Forms (XLS, 120 KB)
Table 6. Grant recipients
|Recipient||Bioenergy product||Grant allocated
(October 2017 to March 2020)
|Dapp Power LP||Electricity||$6,925,000.00|
|Whitecourt Power LP||Electricity||$9,171,750.00|
|Lethbridge Biogas LP||Electricity||$2,499,999.00|
|Grow the Power Circle Ltd.||Electricity||$675,000.00|
|Permolex Ltd.||Liquid biofuel||$8,200,000.00|
|ADM Agri-Industries Ltd.||Liquid biofuel||$8,699,999.88|
- Carbon Offset Emission Factors Handbook
- CSA Group – GHG Reductions Registry - Verification Guidance
List of potential third-party verifiers. Qualified, third-party verifiers are not limited to this list and those listed are not endorsed by the government. The selected third-party verifier should have familiarity with the type of project being verified.
4.03a or more current versions are acceptable.
- Technical Guidance for Offset Protocol Development and Revision
Connect with the BPP:
Email: [email protected]
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