Government of Canada Invests in Renewable Natural Gas
Investing in the production of renewable natural gas (RNG) from forest industry residue can diversify Canada’s energy mix, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve industrial efficiency and create new economic opportunities for Canadian companies and good middle-class jobs that benefit rural communities.
Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, today announced an $800,000 investment in G4 Insights Inc. for the development of technology to convert forestry waste into RNG that can be distributed through existing natural gas pipelines in Canada.
G4 Insights is partnering with the Canadian Gas Association members Enbridge Gas Distribution, FortisBC, Gaz Metro, Union Gas, utility host ATCO, the Natural Gas Innovation Fund, Alberta Innovates, and FPInnovations, who are contributing a combined $1.35 million towards this project.
Renewable natural gas produced from sustainably managed forest residue can emit up to 85 per cent less greenhouse gas emissions than traditional fossil fuels. Forest residue, which includes all parts of the tree, can be converted into solid, liquid or gaseous biofuels such as RNG that can then be burned for energy or used as fuel substitutes for transportation or industrial processes.
G4 Insights will build a RNG demonstration plant and test it under operational conditions with a range of biomass types to generate relevant technical operating and economic data. The optimal site location has been chosen in Edmonton, Alberta to support all-season operation in outdoor conditions.
Today’s announcement reaffirms the Government of Canada’s commitment to preserving our natural environment and resources for future generations — to put in place real actions that will work toward Canada’s climate goals.
“Our Government values innovation and we are proud to support this renewable natural gas project. By investing in clean technology industries we can help them be more innovative, more competitive and more successful.”
Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources
“The support from Natural Resources Canada for renewable natural gas is essential to creating a pathway to greenhouse gas reductions that are affordable, reliable and sustainable. This project will advance G4 technology toward commercialization through field trials of enhanced subsystems for robust continuous operation and grid injection.”
Principal, G4 Insights Inc.
“CGA and the natural gas delivery industry have made driving innovation a key focus for the last six years with initiatives and investments around the use of natural gas and natural gas delivery infrastructure. Improving the technology to convert biomass to RNG will support the industry’s aspirational target of blending 10 percent RNG in the Canadian natural gas distribution system by 2030.”
Timothy M. Egan
President and CEO, Canadian Gas Association
“The Natural Gas Innovation Fund is pleased to support the deployment of the G4 Insights technology in Alberta. Our funding for this project marks the first investment of our fund, and we are looking forward to partnering with NRCan and other energy stakeholders in Canada on projects like the one announced today to support innovation, ensure the availability of affordable energy for customers and reduce emissions.”
Managing Director, Natural Gas Innovation Fund
“Alberta Innovates and its subsidiary InnoTech Alberta are very pleased to support G4's technology demonstration to make renewable natural gas using Alberta biomass, and we recognize this as another important step in providing options to 'green' Alberta's energy grid.”
Executive Director, Bioindustrial Innovation, Alberta Innovates
“ATCO is excited to host and sponsor G4 in Edmonton. RNG is a largely untapped renewable resource that Canadians can use to heat and power their homes and businesses using a carbon-neutral fuel. ATCO is supportive of RNG as a technology and is hopeful that their support will help accelerate the adoption of RNG in Alberta and commercialization of the G4 technology.”
Sr. Vice President and General Manager, Gas Distribution
ATCO Pipelines & Liquids Global Business Unit
“This project demonstrates the importance of bringing together scientific expertise, industrial sector know-how and government support to solve the challenges of creating a clean tech economy. FPInnovations is proud to have provided facilities and technical support toward the development of G4 Insight’s technology and looks forward to RNG becoming a viable renewable energy source in the future.”
President and CEO of FPInnovations
Click here to view more details about G4 Alberta renewable natural gas demonstration project, or visit G4 Insight for more information.
RE: OPEN LETTER TO THE CITY OF VANCOUVER
Ottawa – November 29, 2016
Gregor Robertson, Mayor
3rd Floor, City Hall
453 West 12th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5Y 1V4 [email protected]
Dear Mayor Robertson,
I am writing to urge you to support Motion B.1 - Commitment to Affordable Energy in the City of Vancouver that calls on Council to affirm support for natural gas as an acceptable source of affordable energy, ask city staff to make recommendations on how to enhance and amend the 2016 Zero Emissions Report, and include natural gas as an acceptable form of energy in the Green Buildings Report.
As Councillor De Genova’s motion notes, hundreds of thousands of people and businesses living and working in the city of Vancouver rely on natural gas as their affordable, clean energy option for heating their homes and businesses and fueling their appliances. The Renewable City Strategy, as it is currently written, will require all buildings in Vancouver (including those already built) to use only renewable energy by the year 2050 - meaning that Vancouver will deny itself the natural gas opportunity.
The passage of Councillor De Genova’s motion to ensure the continued availability of natural gas is therefore critical.
Natural gas is the most affordable and reliable energy option by far for homes and businesses in Vancouver. With the city's high and rising living costs and business operating costs, taking away the natural gas opportunity would mean even more expense - hurting families and making business uncompetitive. This is not a strategy for sustainable growth, it is a strategy for public and private hardship.
Natural gas and the natural gas delivery utilities in BC can support Council’s stated objective to reduce emissions. BC’s natural gas utilities have long been leaders in efforts to improve the efficient use of energy and to drive energy technology innovation. They develop and operate programs that help customers use and upgrade to highly efficient appliances and equipment. This has resulted in significant reductions in energy costs and emissions. BC's gas utilities are also Canadian leaders in investing in natural gas innovation that further increases efficiency and delivers emissions reductions. In fact, the introduction of renewable natural gas (RNG) into the gas infrastructure system in the province and the increased use of natural gas as a clean and affordable fuel for heavy-duty vehicles - perhaps two of the best ways to reduce emissions in the lower mainland - has been led in Canada by BC companies. Natural gas fired combined heat and power (CHP) systems and power-to-gas technology are other examples of natural gas innovation that are being invested in, demonstrated and implemented. Gas utilities want to continue this work, but will not be able to do so in an environment where their product and infrastructure are not recognized in city policy as part of the solution.
Natural gas and the natural gas delivery industry in British Columbia are critical to maintain energy affordability for families and businesses, deliver emissions reductions, support adoption of alternative fuel use, drive energy efficiency and further energy technology innovation. Don't restrict the opportunity they represent - please support the motion before Council.
Timothy M. Egan
President & CEO
Canadian Gas Association
Councillor Raymond Louie
Councillor Heather Deal
Councillor Kerry Jang
Councillor Andrea Reimer
Councillor Tim Stevenson
Councillor Geoff Meggs
Councillor Elizabeth Ball
Councillor George Affleck
Councillor Melissa De Genova
Councillor Adriane Carr
The Canadian Gas Association (CGA) is the voice of Canada’s natural gas distribution industry and its members are distribution companies, transmission companies, equipment manufacturers and other service providers. Natural gas has a central place in Canada’s energy mix meeting over 30 per cent of the country’s energy needs. Today over 6.7 million customers representing well over 20 million Canadians rely on natural gas for heat and power in homes, apartments, buildings, businesses, hospitals and schools.
November 1-7 is National Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week
Ottawa, Ontario – November 1, 2016 – Today marks the beginning of the annual Carbon Monoxide (CO) Awareness week and the Canadian Gas Association (CGA) would like to take this opportunity to remind Canadians about the important measures they can take to reduce their risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless and tasteless toxic gas and in an enclosed space, such as a home or garage, even a small amount can cause serious illness or death. CO is produced through the incomplete combustion of propane, gasoline, natural gas, wood or heating oils. This can occur when a fuel-burning appliance is not maintained, a vent is blocked or damaged, or a vehicle is left running in an attached garage.
“Residential and building owners can greatly reduce the risk of exposure to carbon monoxide by making sure they properly install and test CO detectors in their homes and regularly maintain their appliances,” says Timothy M. Egan, president and CEO of the Canadian Gas Association. “Safety is a top priority for our industry and we encourage everyone to learn more about the simple yet effective safety measures that are in place.”
Carbon monoxide detectors are mandatory in many provinces. For more information about ways to protect yourself and your family against exposure to carbon monoxide, visit the Safety and Operations section of CGA’s website for more details. You can also learn more by viewing our 17 second CO safety video.
Symptoms of CO poisoning include flu-like symptoms, impaired motor functions, chest pain, tiredness or dizziness. If a leak is suspected leave the house immediately and contact your fire department to report the leak.
CGA is the voice of Canada’s natural gas distribution industry and its members are distribution companies, transmission companies, equipment manufacturers and other service providers. Natural gas has a central place in Canada’s energy mix meeting over 30 per cent of the country’s energy needs. Today over 6.6 million customers representing well over 20 million Canadians rely on natural gas for heat and power in homes, apartments, buildings, businesses, hospitals and schools.
For more information, please contact:
Director, Public and Government Affairs
Canadian Gas Association
613-748-0057 x341 or 613-614-3280 [email protected]
Canadian Gas Association Announces Natural Gas Innovation Fund™
October 19, 2016 Ottawa, Ontario Canadian Gas Association
The Canadian Gas Association (CGA) today announced the intention to create the Natural Gas Innovation Fund™ (NGIF) to support research, demonstration and deployment of innovation in the natural gas value chain. Investing in innovation in the natural gas sector is essential to create a pathway to greenhouse gas emissions reductions that is both affordable and reliable.
Natural gas utilities have a long history of working in partnerships to drive innovation. The Natural Gas Innovation Fund™ will build on that history, bringing utilities, government, academia, incubators, accelerators, and technology developers in the natural gas value chain to support natural gas innovation and reduce emissions, drive energy efficiency, and ensure the availability of affordable energy for customers. A key priority for the fund will be to find ways to access monies collected from natural gas ratepayers from cap and trade, carbon tax or other emission reduction mechanisms instituted by governments, and direct those monies to the financing of innovation in the use of gas. In this way rate payers will have the levies they pay directed back to them - ensuring the continued availability of clean and affordable energy for their needs.
The Natural Gas Innovation Fund™ will consider support for a range of investment opportunities including:
Technologies for homes and buildings such as high efficiency water heaters, natural gas heat pumps, micro-combined heat and power (CHP), and condensing roof-top heaters;
Technologies to support natural gas use as a clean and affordable alternative transportation fuel such as high horsepower engines for on and off road transportation, and home refueling compressed natural gas kits;
Technologies that help reduce the emission profile of gas use such as renewable natural gas (RNG), power-to-gas systems (integrating gas and electric renewables), and smart CO2 recovery and use technologies; and
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) technology applications such as small scale LNG production for remote community and industrial energy needs as a substitute for higher-emitting and more costly alternatives.
CGA is the voice of Canada’s natural gas distribution industry and its members are distribution companies, transmission companies, equipment manufacturers and other service providers. Natural gas has a central place in Canada’s energy mix meeting over 30 per cent of the country’s energy needs. Today over 6.7 million customers representing well over 20 million Canadians rely on natural gas for heat and power in homes, apartments, buildings, businesses, hospitals and schools.
“CGA has made innovation a key focus for the last six years with initiatives and investments around the use of our fuel and our infrastructure. Natural gas is an affordable, clean, safe, and reliable energy choice for Canadian consumers and investments made through this fund will build on the value proposition of that choice.”
Timothy M. Egan, President and CEO, Canadian Gas Association
“The Natural Gas Innovation Fund™ will serve as a leading Canadian vehicle for the harnessing of innovation to deliver on cleantech in the natural gas value chain. We want to work with governments, industry, research and academic institutions, innovations centres and the emerging think tanks with an idea and solutions for a future with low emission natural gas energy.”
John Adams, Managing Director, Natural Gas Innovation Funding
“Canada’s natural gas distributors have taken a leadership role in announcing this fund. It is extremely positive that one of the areas of interest is related to advancing engine and refueling technology to support the use of natural gas as a clean and affordable alternative transportation fuel.”
“Natural gas and renewable natural gas are vital to de-carbonization of the Canadian economy, particularly in the areas of trucking and off road transportation. This new innovation fund will enable some of the necessary research to ensure these environmental benefits are fully realized. Pollution Probe looks forward to working with the Canadian Gas Association and its members on this very positive new initiative.”
“Communities account for 60 per cent of energy use and over half of all greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. This Fund will help bring together key stakeholders interested in collectively driving energy innovation that will support emissions reductions, energy efficiency and the availability of affordable energy, all of which are key to enabling Smart Energy Communities."
For more information, contact: Paula Dunlop Director, Public and Government Affairs Canadian Gas Association 613-748-0057 ext. 341 613-614-3280 [email protected]
Bill S-229 Seeks to Prevent Damages and Improve Safety of Critical Underground Infrastructure
The Canadian Common Ground Alliance (CCGA) strongly supports Bill S-229, An Act respecting underground infrastructure safety, introduced by Senator Grant Mitchell, which entered Second Reading debate on October 4, 2016. This legislation will reduce the costs and increase safety associated with damages to our underground infrastructure by addressing the need for a mandated comprehensive call/click-before-you-dig notification system across Canada.
The members of the CCGA, which include the Canadian Gas Association (CGA), the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA), as well as other industry associations representing excavators, locators, road builders, telecommunications, railroad, water, landscapers, construction, engineering and design, encourage all Senators and Parliamentarians to support Bill S-229 and for the federal government to mandate a comprehensive notification system for locate requests before digging.
There is a system of underground infrastructure that delivers and transports the services that support us in our daily lives, including energy, television, telecommunications, water and sewage. As Senator Mitchell stated in the Senate “It’s a web of wires, pipes, fibre optics and oil and gas pipelines that are at the root of our quality of life and our standard of living.”
This legislation is in response to a report published by the Senate Committee on the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources in December 2014 that recommended all jurisdictions mandate the use of this type of notification system. While currently there are Call/Click Before you Dig systems in Canada, there is no legislation, except in Ontario, to require its use. Bill S-229 would ensure the system is comprehensive and effective for underground infrastructure on federal lands.
There is a significant amount of cost and damages from people who hit underground infrastructure when they are digging, whether it is from major construction projects or homeowners digging in their yard. In 2015, there were more than 10,000 voluntary reports of damage to underground infrastructure in Canada, of which 79 per cent caused a disruption to services.
According to a report conducted by CIRANO, an organization based in Quebec, entitled Socio-Economic Cost Assessment for Damages to Underground Infrastructures, there are more than the obvious direct costs, including the cost of the materials, labour costs and administrative costs related to the damages. There are also indirect costs related to the damage, including intervention of emergency services, evacuations, loss of products, environmental impact, economic impact on businesses and risk of injury or death.
While Bill S-229 covers underground infrastructure that is federally regulated or on federal lands, it is a positive step in the right direction. As Senator Mitchell stated, “this federal initiative can contribute to momentum for a national system. It is an opportunity for positive, collaborative national leadership.”
The CCGA’s vision is to be Canada's unified damage prevention voice and attract members from all Canadian national organizations and associations who share common damage prevention and public safety solutions.
For more information, contact:
Mike Sullivan Canadian Common Ground Alliance (c/o Alberta One-Call) [email protected] 403.531.3700