In British Columbia, home of our Creston brewery, Direct Energy will provide RECs generated through biomass. In Alberta, where we have a brewery in Edmonton, Direct Energy will provide RECs from hydroelectric sources and is also looking at using wind power sources. In Central and Eastern Canada, where we have breweries located in London, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and St. John’s, Newfoundland, Direct Energy is providing RECs sourced from hydroelectric generators in Quebec. We determine the eligibility of the RECs for each brewery based on guidance from Underwriters Laboratories (UL), which manages the ECOLOGO® certification. The renewable electricity maintains certification under UL’s Standard 2854 (First Edition, January 25, 2018) for Sustainability for Renewable Low-Impact Electricity Products.
To brew the perfect beer, we need a mixture of energy – both electricity and heat. Nearly one third of our brewing energy comes from electricity, while the rest comes from heat. The heat for the brewing process comes from a mixture of energy sources including natural gas, which we are still dependent on. However, we have been looking at using low carbon sources such as biogas and landfill gas to help reduce our natural gas usage.