FortisBC is seeking expressions of interest from potential biomethane suppliers for its renewable natural gas program.

The company said the call for applicants will help grow the province’s supply of the renewable and carbon neutral energy source.

The applications are for an additional supply of up to one petajoule, or enough natural gas to provide heat and hot water for around 10,000 homes per year.

FortisBC vice president of energy solutions and external relations Doug Stout said demand from the company’s renewable natural gas customers has resulted in the need for further biogas supply in its system.

"Our focus is to help put waste to good use by working with suppliers to develop this energy source for our customers," Stout said.

FortisBC currently receives biomethane from two projects and there are five others under development or construction.

The projects that currently supply biogas to FortisBC include Fraser Valley Biogas in Abbotsford and the Salmon Arm Landfill.