Canadian Gas Association Welcomes Federal Budget Support for Investment in LNG Facilities in Canada, the National Energy Board, and Innovation
Ottawa – April 21, 2015 – The Canadian Gas Association (CGA) says the federal budget includes a number of initiatives that will help improve the lives of Canadians and drive Canada’s economic growth and prosperity.
A number of positive initiatives were outlined in the budget including:
A commitment to move forward with the establishment of the new Capital Cost Allowance (CCA) rates to help support investment in liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities in Canada.
An increase in funding starting in 2015–16 to the National Energy Board, some of which will be used to enhance engagement with Canadians related to energy transportation infrastructure.
Providing $58 million over five years, starting in 2015–16, to further protect the Government of Canada’s essential cyber systems and critical infrastructure against cyber attacks.
Further investment in research and development and technology.
“These measures will help to provide more choices to consumers, improve the quality of life of Canadians, and make businesses and industry more competitive. All of this supports job creation, prosperity, and economic growth and natural gas utilities look forward to opportunities to work with the Government of Canada on these important initiatives,” said Timothy M. Egan, President and CEO of the Canadian Gas Association.
Natural gas is an affordable, clean, safe and reliable energy choice for buildings and communities, large industry, and transportation. 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 half the Canadian population rely on natural gas for heat and power in homes, apartments, buildings, businesses, hospitals and schools.
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. The website of the Canadian Gas Association, www.cga.ca, provides information, facts, and useful tools on this affordable energy choice.
For more information please visit www.cga.ca or contact:
Paula Dunlop, Director, Public Affairs and Strategy, Canadian Gas Association 613-748-0057 ext. 341 or 613-614-3280 [email protected]
ATCO Gas, Enbridge Gas Distribution, and Union Gas Employee Recognized as Leaders in Public Safety
Ottawa (March 30, 2015) – Today, the Canadian Gas Association (CGA) recognized ATCO Gas, Enbridge Gas Distribution, and an employee from Union Gas for their important contributions to improving public and worker safety.
The CGA Public Safety Award is presented to individuals or groups who make significant contributions to public safety within the natural gas delivery industry in Canada. This award recognizes excellence and leadership in promoting public awareness and education about the safe use of natural gas and the safety measures required when working with natural gas infrastructure.
The CGA Worker Safety Leadership Award is presented to an individual or individuals who have made an exceptional difference to health and safety. The award recognizes workers who go beyond normal expectations for their position to demonstrate leadership in safety and create a better work environment for a healthier and safer workplace.
“I am extremely pleased to present ATCO Gas, Enbridge Gas Distribution with the CGA Public Safety Award, and Wendy Lee an employee of Union Gas with CGA’s Worker Safety Leadership award on behalf of Canada’s natural gas distribution industry,” said James Tweedie, Director, Operations, Safety and Integrity Management for CGA. “Through their commitment to communicate, educate, and be in the field with homeowners, customers, and stakeholders they have promoted safe digging practices,
raised awareness of specific safety measures, and encouraged others to participate in important safety programs.”
ATCO Gas, through their Carbon Monoxide (CO) Public Safety Campaign provided useful and educative measures on how to prevent and address CO incidences. More information can be found at http://www.atcogas.com/Safety/CO/Carbon‐Monoxide‐Safety.
Enbridge Gas Distribution launched a public safety campaign, a microsite, and six second safety videos to create increased awareness about natural gas safety. Visit www.sixsecondsafety.com or www.sixsecondessecuritaires.com.
Through her work, Ms. Lee has demonstrated outstanding contributions to worker health and safety, resulting in the prevention of workplace injuries and incidents. She has developed and implemented solutions to identify workplace health and safety issues and has developed awareness‐raising activities which have helped reduce the risk of work‐related injuries. More information about Union Gas can be found here: http://www.uniongas.com/.
“Canada’s natural gas delivery industry is committed to the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas to well over 6.6 million customers,” said Timothy M. Egan, President and CEO of the Canadian Gas Association. “ATCO Gas, Enbridge Gas Distribution and Union Gas’ efforts to increase public safety make them well‐deserving of this award.”
An evaluation committee representing gas distribution companies across Canada reviewed the applications based on a set of pre‐determined criteria including applicability across the industry, effectiveness of strengthening employee or public safety, and the measureable results. The Public Safety Award was presented at the Annual Safety Awards ceremony in Edmonton, Alberta.
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 6.6 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:
Paula Dunlop Director, Public Affairs and Strategy Canadian Gas Association 613‐748‐0057 x341 613‐614‐3280 [email protected] www.cga.ca
The Canadian Gas Association Welcomes and Fully Supports new Tax Treatment for LNG Facilities, Says Measure Will Drive LNG Investments and New Domestic Markets for Clean and Affordable Natural Gas
Ottawa – February 20, 2015 ‐ The Canadian Gas Association (CGA) welcomes the announcement that the Government of Canada intends to establish new Capital Cost Allowance (CCA) rates to help support investment in liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities in Canada.
The Federal Government announced that it intends to establish a capital cost allowance rate of 30 per cent for equipment used in natural gas liquefaction and 10 per cent for buildings at a facility that liquefies natural gas. This investment support will be available for capital assets acquired after February 19, 2015, and before 2025.
"LNG, a clean and affordable energy solution, has just become a much more realistic option for a number of domestic markets including northern and remote communities and the transportation sector," said Timothy M. Egan, President and CEO of the Canadian Gas Association. "The natural gas distribution industry is highly supportive of this Federal Government tax measure that will help support new LNG facility investments and expansions in Canada, supporting jobs and growth.”
Natural gas utilities have been operating LNG facilities for over 40 years in Canada. LNG can be produced and safely transported in storage tanks to a regasification facility located near large industrial facilities (like mines) or communities where it can be used for heat or to generate power. LNG can also be used as a clean and affordable transportation fuel choice for truck, rail, marine, and off road transportation operators.
"Today, well over 20 million Canadians benefit from the safe, clean, reliable, and affordable energy service that natural gas utilities provide using abundant natural gas. This tax measure will go a long way towards ensuring that even more Canadians have that energy choice. The Government of Canada announcement will support industrial development, driving environmental performance, and reducing energy costs for Canadian homes, businesses, and institutions," said Egan.
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 6.5 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:
Paula Dunlop, Director, Public Affairs and Strategy Canadian Gas Association 613‐748‐0057 ext. 341 613‐614‐3280 [email protected]