Energy and Climate Change

Canadian Biogas Database – Environment and Climate Change Canada, 2017 (827)

In March 2017, Kelleher Environmental was commissioned by Environment and Climate Change Canada to develop a database of the current and potential biogas sources or feedstocks in Canada. The research involved gathering all available information on biogas sources in Canada, including: the potential quantity and quality of the source; if it is currently being captured; if infrastructure to capture the biogas is in place; the technology required to capture and process the source gas (generally anaerobic digestion or gasification); percent of methane in the sources of raw biogas; etc. Information on Canada’s energy sources and energy demand was also reviewed. The information compiled was organized by source type into an Excel database and provided to ECCC for future use as input to a larger RNG project.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Ontario Waste Management Industry – Ontario Waste Management Association, 2015 (817)

This report, co-authored by Christina Seidel (sonnevera international corp.) and Ralph Torrie (Torrie Smith Associates), was commissioned by the Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA) to identify the most significant connections between Ontario’s waste management industry and the province’s GHG emissions, and to discuss the challenges and opportunities that the pending “cap-and-trade” policy presents to the industry.

Canadian Biogas Study – Biogas Association, 2013 (790)

In May 2013, the Biogas Association contracted with Kelleher Environmental (in association with Robins Environmental)  to carry out a study to identify existing, available metrics which support the benefits of biogas energy.  The potential for biogas production from agricultural digesters,  landfill gas,  digestion of source separated organics from residential and commercial sources and from wastewater treatment plants across Canada was estimated, as well as the energy, environmental and economic and social/community benefits of increasing the production of biogas energy in Canada.

Pre Feasibility Study of Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Technology – Region of Durham, 2010 (773)

Kelleher Environmental carried out a pre-feasibility assessment of the viability of using anaerobic digestion (AD) technology to process source separated organics collected from over 200,000 households in the Region of Durham.  System options were identified, costs were estimated and regulatory, partnership and risk factors were taken into consideration in the assessment.

Energy Markets Study – Natural Resources Canada, 2012 (771)

The Energy Markets study identified the types of energy which could be produced using municipal solid waste as a resource (electricity, heat, fuel) and the various end markets which could be used for fuels which could be produced from waste (syngas; methanol, ethanol, diesel, renewable natural gas, biogas and methane).

External Reviewer for OPA Conservation and Technology Funds, 2012 (768)

Maria Kelleher acted as External Reviewer and served as the external member of a three-person Grant Award Committee (GAC). The GAC is comprised of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), the Vice-President of the Conservation Division, OPA and the External Reviewer. The GAC is responsible for making all funding decisions for the Conservation Fund and the Technology Development Fund.

MSW Sourcing Study – Confidential Client, 2010 (756)

Carried out research on disposal options for residual MSW in Southern Ontario for a client sourcing a large amount of MSW for energy generation. Research included identifying the amounts of MSW produced by municipalities and managed by transfer stations in Southern Ontario, current disposal practices, years in which current disposal contracts would expire, current cost structures for disposal etc.

Anaerobic Digestion of Source Separated Organics – City of Calgary, 2010 (745)

As part of the CH2M Hill team, Kelleher Environmental carried out a technical analysis and developed estimates for anaerobic digestion of source separated organics from households and businesses in the City of Calgary as part of a comprehensive organics management strategy which included biosolids

OPA Investment Strategy (743)

Carried out research on leading edge best practice energy efficiency and energy conservation programs being tested or rolled out in North America and developed a strategy on which areas the OPA Conservation Fund should focus on to prepare for a new round of energy efficiency and conservation programs in 2014.