Flares used to combust methane in Emissions Reduction Fund projects must employ a mechanism that detects whether the flare is (a) operating and (b) combusting the methane completely. Unless otherwise specified in the applicable method, a project may monitor a flare through one or more of the following.
All Emission Reduction Fund projects that use flares for methane combustion must have a system for recording any period of over 20 minutes in which flare operation fails completely or partially. For ease of accounting for periods of flare operation failure, the recording system may be aligned with the data collection system for the flow meter.
For flare operation failure events of over 20 minutes, the destruction efficiency is assumed to be zero for the relevant one-hour period. For flare operation failure events for periods of 20 minutes or less, the average destruction efficiency must be adjusted for the relevant one-hour period.
If gas flow is shut down, the duration of the shutdown must be recorded. If gas flow is not shut down, the corresponding gas flow amount for the same hour cannot be included in calculations of avoided emissions.
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