Future Energy Park
North America’s Largest Carbon Negative RNG and Ethanol Project
- An innovative clean energy project connecting Alberta’s agriculture and energy sectors
- A net CO2 negative renewable biofuels facility
- Uses low-grade wheat to produce renewable natural gas and ethanol
As of September 2022, Future Energy Park has been working towards various regulatory filings with provincial and municipal agencies. A land use application is currently in process with the City of Calgary and a regulatory submission has been made to Alberta Environment and Parks. The project team continues to collect feedback prior to the filing of a facility application with the Alberta Utilities Commission this fall.
Future Energy Park will provide direct benefits to the City of Calgary and the Province of Alberta including:
- Approximately 800 jobs over 24 months during construction and 50 jobs during operations
- Direct revenue of over $150 million annually to rural wheat producers
- Provincial and municipal tax revenues
- Repurposed by-products including cattle feed and fertilizer
Each year, approximately 11% to 13% of wheat produced in Canada does not meet Grade A Standards, meaning it is not suitable for human consumption. Future Energy Park processes this wheat into renewable biofuels.
Where is the Facility Located?
Located within the City of Calgary, Future Energy Park is being sited in an industrial area southeast of the intersection of Peigan and Stoney Trail SE.
Access to the parcel will be from 84 Street SE along the boundary of Rocky View County and the city. The plant will be constructed and operated on a 21 hectare site (52 acre) on lands designated for future industrial use.
What are the Components of the Facility?
Working with a team of architects, engineers, planners, environmental specialists, and landscape architects, the plant will be a landmark facility showcasing the technological ingenuity involved in the production of renewable fuels.
Our team is developing conceptual architectural plans reflective of a modern energy facility.
Where Alberta’s Agriculture and Energy Sectors Meet
Future Energy Park will consist of many different parts that all work together in creating sustainable biofuels.
Future Energy Park and the Environment
The facility will be equipped with emissions control technology to meet Alberta’s Ambient Air Quality Objectives. Air modelling has confirmed that emissions will be below provincial and federal limits.
Alberta Culture and Status of Women have reviewed our application under the Heritage Resources Act and has granted an approval for the Project under the Act.
The facility will be illuminated to ensure safety at the site and will abide by the City of Calgary’s lighting requirements.
Preliminary noise studies have been conducted to understand potential sound sources and their contribution to the surrounding area. Based on these studies, the Project will not result in significant changes to ambient noise and the facility will comply with applicable provincial and municipal noise requirements.
Future Energy Park is a fully contained facility that will limit odours from its processes. Future Energy Park continues to work with design engineers to implement mitigation for odour containment.
Safety is paramount and considered in every aspect of the facility’s design from construction through to operations. A site-specific emergency response plan will be developed and reviewed by local emergency services to incorporate their knowledge and expertise.
This area is zoned for future industrial development by both the City of Calgary and Rocky View County. Accordingly, the road network has been planned for anticipated increases in traffic volumes. Future Energy Park will work with PCL throughout construction to lessen any potential disruption to the area. Prior to operations, Future Energy Park will undertake upgrades to the intersection of 84 Avenue SE and Frontier Road to improve overall functionality and accommodate increased truck traffic.
Vegetation and Soils
Vegetation and soils assessments have been completed and there are no anticipated effects to rare plants, since potential for suitable habitat is very low, and problematic soils were identified.
Wetlands and Waterbodies
Wetlands on the Project site have been assessed and the Project team has submitted an application to Alberta Environment and Parks to offset wetland disturbance in accordance with the Alberta Wetland Policy. There are no natural watercourses located on or adjacent to the Project site.
Impacts to sensitive wildlife species are not anticipated since the site is currently cultivated and surrounded by major roadways and industrial areas, limiting suitable wildlife habitat.
Power Generation Details
Future Energy Park will use ultra high efficiency gas fired cogeneration technology to produce both steam and electricity for use on-site.
The cogeneration plant will be equipped with two (2) 14.4 megawatt (MW) gas turbines, two (2) heat recovery steam generators, and two (2) exhaust stacks. The plant will have a maximum output of 28.8 MW with ~24 MW of power supporting the facility with any surplus being supplied to the local electrical grid.
The cogeneration plant will be enclosed within a building that is connected to a 25 kilovolt (kV) switchyard located within the boundaries of the site. ENMAX will connect the switchyard to the electrical distribution system.
The cogeneration plant will use natural gas supplied by an existing pipeline adjacent to the site.
Land Use and Development Permits
The City of Calgary approved the land use redesignation for the Future Energy Park on January 17, 2023, granting approval of an Industrial Direct Control District allowing for the production of biofuels, dry distilled grains, and the capture of CO2. GIP continues to work towards the submission of a Development Permit application required for the construction and operation of the facility.
The City of Calgary has an established process for the review of land use redesignation and development permit applications. This includes public notices, circulation to City of Calgary departments for review and comment, public hearing, council and/or City Planning Commission approval. When an application is submitted, it can be viewed at The City of Calgary’s Dmap portal (https://dmap.calgary.ca/).
The following timelines are currently anticipated and are subject to change.
City of Calgary – Land Use Redesignation and Development Permit
A land use redesignation and a development permit will be required from the City of Calgary. The current land use district, Special Future Urban District, is proposed for redesignation as Industrial Direct Control District. The City of Calgary has an established process for land use redesignation and development permit applications. This includes public notices, circulation to City of Calgary departments for review and comment, a public hearing, and Council and/or City Planning Commission approval. Once Future Energy Park’s application is submitted, it can be viewed at The City of Calgary’s Dmap portal with updates to be provided on the Project website. The land use redesignation and the development permit application are expected to be submitted in the spring of 2022.
Alberta Environment and Parks
The facility is subject to review and approval by Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act. An application has been filed with the AEP.
Alberta Utilities Commission
The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) is responsible for the review and approval of the proposed cogeneration plant. An application will be filed with the AUC during the fall of 2022. The AUC is an independent, quasi-judicial agency of the province of Alberta. The AUC is responsible to ensure that the delivery of Alberta’s utility service takes place in a manner that is fair, responsible, and in the public interest. Further information on their regulatory process can be found at www.auc.ab.ca or by contacting our Project team.
Alberta Energy Regulator
Future Energy Park Inc. is working with the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) to determine permitting requirements for pipelines that may be needed for the facility.
The following documents have been developed to share information regarding Future Energy Park.
- Stage 2 Newsletter (download)
- Alberta Utilities Commission (Participating in the AUC’s independent review process to consider facility applications)
Understanding the communities we work in is integral to our business. Our Project team is available to answer your questions and receive your feedback that will be shared with the various regulators responsible for the review of the Project.
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