Natural Gas Innovation FundTM Launches Website and Calls for Funding Applications from Natural Gas Cleantech Innovators
July 31, 2017 - Ottawa, ON - The Natural Gas Innovation Fund (NGIF) is accepting submissions for funding to support natural gas cleantech research, demonstration and deployment innovation projects in Canada.
NGIF was created by the Canadian Gas Association (CGA) in 2016 to support the funding of innovation in the natural gas value chain. It selects and advances natural gas cleantech projects led by startups and organizations with the right innovation for market uptake and commercial viability. NGIF is capitalized by the natural gas industry with access to pooled R&D innovation funding, leveraged intelligence, and a combined backyard across Canada to field test innovation. NGIF’s Investment Committee includes CGA, Pacific Northern Gas Ltd., FortisBC, ATCO, SaskEnergy, Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc., Union Gas and Gaz Metro.
NGIF offers a continuous intake process to review and evaluate new ideas and innovation through a stage-gated investment model. This means that NGIF is always open for business and invites submissions of an investor deck from prospective applicants in order to gauge eligibility and make an initial technology assessment.
Further information on NGIF, how to apply for funding, and how to contact us can be found at www.ngif.ca.
“NGIF’s mandate is to build a diversified portfolio of investments, strategic partnerships, and a trusted investment model that delivers on improved environmental performance, greater affordability and competitiveness, and enhanced safety and resiliency. We are looking for innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world to come forward with their innovation and project for Canada’s natural gas industry.”
John Adams, Managing Director, Natural Gas Innovation Fund
“Innovation in the delivery of energy services to Canadians is top of mind for the members of the Canadian Gas Association. Making sure Canadians have continued access to clean, affordable, safe and reliable energy turns on constant innovation in our industry. NGIF is a demonstration of our commitment, and we want to work with industry, government and academic partners to support its success.”
Timothy M. Egan, President & CEO, Canadian Gas Association
Canadian Gas Association Launches Bid for Presidency of International Gas Union and to Host the 2024 World Gas Conference
Ottawa - July 14, 2017 - Today, the Canadian Gas Association launched its bid campaign for Canada to hold the Presidency of the International Gas Union (IGU) from 2021 to 2024 and to host the 2024 World Gas Conference.
If successful, the 29th World Gas Conference (WGC) will take place in June 2024 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Charter and Premium Associate Members of the IGU will vote to determine the Presidency and the conference host at the IGU Council meeting in Tokyo, Japan in October 2017.
The World Gas Conference has been held every three years since its initial session in 1931. The event has grown over the decades and now is a major global industry activity attracting several thousand delegates and exhibitors. Owned by the IGU, the WGC continues to take place every three years in the country holding the office of the Presidency (elected every three years by IGU members).
“If we have the privilege of being awarded the IGU Presidency, we commit to build on the leadership and successes of the previous and upcoming Korean Presidency, and on our collective efforts to position IGU as the most effective and influential international energy industry association.”
Mel Ydreos Executive Director, Energy Vantage Inc. Candidate for President, IGU
“Canada has been an active member of the IGU since 1933. We support its vision to be the global voice for natural gas and its commitment to improve the quality of life for people around the world by making affordable sustainable energy available to all. Canada’s natural gas industry sees great value in the IGU’s efforts to bring together current and next generation energy leaders from across the globe to consider the role of natural gas and our industry in the world's energy future."
Timothy M. Egan President and CEO, Canadian Gas Association Candidate for Chair, National Organizing Committee
“I am honoured to join Canada’s bid team. In my experience with the IGU, the strength of the organization is its membership and its joint interest to exchange best practices and advocate for political, technical, and economic progress of the global gas industry. I look forward to working with all members on this collective objective.”
Pål Rasmussen Honorary IGU Secretary General Nominee for Chair, Coordination Committee
“Our entire team of experienced and friendly professionals stands ready to welcome IGU delegates to our spectacular, award winning Vancouver Convention Centre. Located in the heart of one of Canada’s most beautiful cities, we are confident that IGU delegates will have an exceptional and inspiring experience at our facility.”
Ken Cretney President & CEO BC Pavilion Corporation/Vancouver Convention Centre
“Vancouver’s spectacular natural beauty; coupled with our first class hotels and conference facilities, North America’s top-rated international airport, and a multicultural community that makes people feel welcome and safe; are Vancouver’s magic formula for a stimulating conference environment and inspiring delegate experience. We hope to share this experience with members of the IGU during their 2024 conference.”
The Canadian Gas Association 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 36 per cent of the country’s energy needs. Today 6.8 million customers representing well over 20 million Canadians rely on natural gas for heat and power in homes, businesses, hospitals and schools.
Vice President, Corporate and Strategic Affairs
Canadian Gas Association
(613)748-0057 ext. 341 [email protected]
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New Report Says Reduce Energy Costs and Emissions by Using Natural Gas as a Marine Fuel
Ottawa - June 27, 2017 - A new report released today by the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance (CNGVA) says major economic benefits and emissions reductions can occur by expanding the use of natural gas as a marine fuel on Canada’s Great Lakes and East Coast.
Liquefied Natural Gas: A Marine Fuel for Canada’s Great Lakes and East Coast is a summary report of an in-depth study undertaken in partnership with Transport Canada and with the support of a broad cross section of industry, government and other stakeholders. The report concludes that using liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) as a marine fuel will provide significant economic benefits to the owners and operators of vessels, especially coastal vessels. As well, the report notes that natural gas is a clean energy option that offers a means of reducing emissions to meet current and pending environmental regulations.
The report concludes that under a “medium” adoption scenario:
148 LNG vessels could be operating on the Great Lakes and East Coast, requiring 783,000 metric tonnes of LNG annually provided through Canadian port facilities in 2025.
Vessel owners may see annual fuel cost savings of 25 to 50 per cent in 2025.
Significant emissions reductions in 2025:
880,000 tonnes/year in CO2e emissions
37,100 tonnes/year in sulphur oxides
19,600 tonnes/year in nitrogen oxides
6,100 tonnes/year in particulate matter
Several barriers to greater adoption of natural gas are outlined including LNG and CNG production and distribution capacity, human resources needs, and unfamiliarity with the technology and fuel. The report makes a number of recommendations to address these barriers.
LNG is natural gas that is cooled to a liquid state to -162 degrees Celsius to reduce its volume by 620 times compared to natural gas at normal pressure. CNG is natural gas that is compressed at a high pressure to reduce its volume by up to 300 times compared with natural gas at normal pressure.
“With the arrival of LNG powered ferries in eastern and western Canada, this promising clean and affordable marine fuel has begun to gain a toe hold in Canada. Ongoing collaboration remains essential to clearing the regulatory path to ensure that Canada’s abundant natural gas resources can be more widely used in the marine sector.”
Bruce Winchester Executive Director Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance
“Natural gas utilities are playing a critical role in advancing the use of clean and affordable natural gas in Canada’s transportation markets, and this includes fleets that operate at Canada’s ports. This report is useful to all stakeholders as it provides information on the marine opportunity and makes recommendations on how to realize that opportunity.”
Timothy M. Egan President and CEO Canadian Gas Association
“LNG and CNG offer significant economic and environmental advantages as a marine fuel and as an energy solution for other transportation markets. Enbridge’s natural gas assets in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia provides affordable ways for Canada to reduce carbon, lower emissions and remain competitive.”
Cynthia Hansen Executive Vice President, Utilities and Power Operations Enbridge Inc.
“Vard Marine is very pleased to have been involved in this project. With several of our LNG-fueled designs now in operation in Canada, we have been able to see directly the environmental and economic benefits of moving to this clean energy option. This report should encourage other stakeholders to move forward with their own initiatives.”
Andrew Kendrick P.Eng. Vice President Operations Vard Marine Inc. (Ottawa)
“Canadian ferry operators are increasingly interested in adopting LNG as a fuel source. The environmental benefits and cost savings show that there is strong potential for the sector. With increased access to LNG will come greater adoption.”
Serge A. Buy Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Ferry Association
American Bureau of Shipping, Babcock Canada, BC Ferries, British Columbia Institute of Technology, British Columbia Ministry of Transportation, Canada Steamship Lines, Canadian Natural Gas Initiative, Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance, Canadian Standards Association, Class NK, DNV-GL, Enbridge Gas Distribution, Encana, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Ferus, FortisBC, Gaz Métro, Lloyd’s Register, Natural Resources Canada, Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Port of Metro Vancouver, Port of Montreal, Rolls-Royce, Société des traversiers du Québec, Seaspan, Shell, STX / VARD Marine, S & T2 Consultants, Teekay, Transport Canada, Union Gas, Wartsila, Westport Inc.
NOTE: Italics indicate participants in the "Liqueﬁed Natural Gas: A Marine Fuel for Canada’s Great Lakes and East Coast study. Non-italics indicate participants in both the "Liqueﬁed Natural Gas: A Marine Fuel for Canada’s Great Lakes and East Coast" study and the earlier "Liqueﬁed Natural Gas: A Marine Fuel for Canada’s West Coast" study.
The Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance advocates on behalf of Canada's natural gas vehicle industry. CNGVA members are leading Canadian companies involved in research, manufacturing, fuel and infrastructure supply, vehicle conversion technology and installation, consulting, and international project management.
Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance
(613)564-0181 [email protected]
Natural Gas Innovation Fund Supports New Home Furnace Technology
May 16, 2017 Toronto, Ontario
Funding for technology to address electric grid interruptions was announced today at the Ontario Centres of Excellence Discovery 2017 Conference.
The Natural Gas Innovation FundTM (NGIF) announced an investment of $162,900 in iGEN Technologies to support the testing and demonstration of a self-powered natural gas furnace called the i2 Hybrid Smart Furnace.
The i2 furnace has a unique system that uses natural gas to generate electricity and heat for use in the home. Built in Canada for the North American market, the self-powered i2 Hybrid Smart Furnace is a retrofit and new install ready replacement for existing residential natural gas furnaces. The production of both heat and electricity gives the unit a price advantage over conventional high efficiency furnaces, the unit provides critical power supply during a power outage, and the unit boasts an overall efficiency that is greater than existing high-efficiency furnaces. As well, the unit fits into a traditional furnace location, provides heat through standard ductwork, requires no extra connections, and is installed and serviced by traditional technicians.
With solar and battery integration, the i2 furnace provides flexible applications in micro-grids, sustainable community developments and remote areas. Based on average Canadian electricity costs, typical savings for a household using an i2 are up to $400 annually, all with a unit priced comparably to top of the line conventional furnaces, while delivering GHG reductions.
NGIF funding is being contributed by Canadian Gas Association (CGA) members ATCO, FortisBC, Gaz Metro, Pacific Northern Gas Inc. and SaskEnergy. CGA member, Enbridge Gas Distribution is also contributing to the project through Utilization Technology Development NFP, a research funding organization partnership with other gas utilities.
iGEN Technologies Inc. has also received funding to support development of the i2’s technology from the Ontario Centres of Excellence, BLOOM, and the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP).
Natural gas has a central place in Canada’s energy mix meeting over 36 per cent of the country’s energy needs. Today almost 6.8 million customers representing well over 20 million Canadians rely on natural gas for heat and power in homes, apartments, buildings, businesses, hospitals and schools.
“The home furnace has not seen a breakthrough industry change that can keep up with the fast pace of Canada’s changing energy needs – until now. The i2 Hybrid Smart Furnace delivers performance, savings, and security through its patented technology while generating, storing and using its own electricity. iGEN believes the i2 will truly disrupt the existing home heating platform with enhanced resiliency, emission reduction and lower heating bills”.
Mike Chatzigrigoriou iGEN Co-Founder
“The Natural Gas Innovation Fund is pleased to support the continued refinement of the iGEN Hybrid Smart Furnace i2 technology. As Canadians, we’ve all felt the effects of a power outage while living in our homes during an extreme winter storm or heavy rainfall. Each of NGIF’s natural gas cleantech investments is part of Canada’s energy solution; in the case of iGEN’s, they offer sustained heating during a black out complimented by a small emergency electrical power source.”
John Adams Managing Director, Natural Gas Innovation FundTM
“The i2 furnace technology fits perfectly with our innovation objectives: it builds on the affordability and reliability of natural gas offering a product for customers’ electricity needs to help them deal with electric grid interruptions.”
Timothy M. Egan President and CEO, Canadian Gas Association
“Ontario Centres of Excellence is thrilled to have iGen and their i2 Hybrid Smart Furnace on the Discovery show floor this year as a part of the Wow Zone Home of the Future, and would like to congratulate them on this new clean tech investment from The Natural Gas Innovation Fund.”
Tom Corr President and CEO, Ontario Centres of Excellence
CGA Recognizes AltaGas Utilities, Enbridge Gas Distribution, Union Gas, Heritage Gas and ATCO at the Annual SAFE Awards
Halifax, Nova Scotia (April 3, 2017) -Today, the Canadian Gas Association (CGA) recognized the recipients of the 2017 Safety Award(s) for Excellence (SAFE) at its 2017 Operations, Engineering and Integrity Conference. The four annual awards were presented to recipients from AltaGas Utilities, Enbridge Gas Distribution, Union Gas and Heritage Gas. A fifth award was created this year – the President’s Safety Award for Excellence – and presented to ATCO for their work in helping customers and communities deal with the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfires.
“The Safety Awards recognize CGA member companies and employees for exemplary commitment to health and safety excellence,” said Timothy M. Egan, President and CEO of the Canadian Gas Association. “These companies and individuals made significant contributions to safe operations and the reliable delivery of natural gas to the benefit of all Canadians.”
The following awards were presented:
The Public Safety Award was awarded to Jeff Walter, Supervisor, Quality Assurance & Damage Prevention, AltaGas Utilities, for his active involvement in spreading the word in his community about damage prevention and the importance of safe digging.
Enbridge Gas Distribution received the Worker Safety Award for its Environment, Health and Safety Department’s “Working Safely This Season” campaign, which was created to communicate seasonal safety messages to prevent workplace injuries.
CGA’s Lifetime Achievement Awards was granted to Wayne Robinson from Union Gas for his exemplary work on and commitment to enhancing safety at work and in his community. Wayne has been a role model for many on health and safety management throughout his career.
Heritage Gas received the Corporate Safety Award for Employee Safety and AltaGas Utilities received the Corporate Safety Award for Vehicular Safety because of their roles in reducing injury and vehicle damages at their companies over the last year.
A special award - CGA’sPresident’s Safety Award for Excellence - was presented to ATCO for the exceptional work and outstanding safety performance and emergency response efforts during and in the months following the 2016 Fort McMurray Wildfires.
“Canadian utilities are dedicated to safety as a fundamental element of our work delivering natural gas to 6.8 million customers across Canada, and I am honoured to be able to recognize some extraordinary examples of this commendable dedication,” said Egan.
About the SAFE Awards The Canadian Gas Association (CGA) Safety Awards are intended to honour significant examples of the natural gas industry’s dedication to safety management. Through engagement in the awards program, member utilities have an opportunity to gain recognition at the corporate and individual level for their work, and through that recognition to inspire a culture of continuous improvement in safety for employees, contractors, customers and the public at large.
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 6.8 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 contact:
Vice-President, Corporate and Strategic Affairs
Canadian Gas Association 350 Albert Street, Suite 1220 Ottawa, ON K1R 1A4 Office: 613-748-0057 ext. 341 Mobile: 613-614-3280