Homeowners can save over $1,600 per year moving to natural gas for heating says new ICF International report
Homeowners can save over $1,600 per year moving to natural gas for heating says new ICF International report
Other benefits include GDP growth, more jobs, higher government tax revenues and emissions reductions
Ottawa – December 9, 2015 – A new report released today concludes that moving homes, businesses, and industrial facilities to natural gas for heating will mean major cost savings for Canadian homeowners and businesses, significant benefits to Canada’s economy, and meaningful emissions reductions.
The report completed by ICF International titled “Economic and Emissions Benefits of Expanding Natural Gas Distribution Pipelines to Canadian Consumers” evaluates the merits of expanding natural gas distribution pipelines to communities whose homes and businesses are currently relying on higher cost, and in many cases higher emitting, fuels for heating their homes, water and running appliances. While fuel costs vary significantly among the provinces, on average, annual costs for heating with electricity, propane and heating oil can be two to three times higher than with natural gas.
The report concludes that by bringing natural gas to communities not already served:
The average new natural gas residential customer would achieve annual fuel cost savings of $1,619 per year, or more than $25,000 over the life of the gas heating equipment.
Over the 25 year study period, a cumulative reduction in CO2 of 1.87 million tonnes would be achieved, equivalent to removing 405,625 passenger vehicles from the road for one year.
Over a 25 year period, these expansion projects would add $1.7 billion to Canada’s GDP, contribute support of 31,500 net job-years, and increase government revenues by over $600 million.
“Natural gas is an affordable, clean, safe and reliable energy choice for homeowners and businesses,” said Timothy M. Egan, President and CEO of the Canadian Gas Association. “But there is a large portion of Canada without access to it. Natural gas utilities want to work with customers, governments, and regulators to secure regulatory flexibility or policy support so that more homeowners and businesses, and the broader economy, can benefit.”
The report notes that utilities, customers, and governments need to work together to allow the necessary investments to fund pipeline expansion projects. A number of potential business models and solutions to support the capital needs to connect communities are described in the report.
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.
Paula Dunlop, Director, Public Affairs and Strategy Canadian Gas Association 613-748-0057 ext. 341 or 613-614-3280 [email protected] www.cga.ca
GAIN Clean Fuel celebrates opening of first CNG public station in Quebec
Coteau-du-Lac (Quebec, CAN) – November 13, 2015 – Representatives from C.A.T., U.S. Venture Gain Fuel Canada, and Gaz Métro, along with local and regional dignitaries, celebrated the grand opening of the first GAIN Clean Fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) public station in Quebec. The GAIN station, located at 4 Transport Street in the industrial park of Coteau-du-Lac, will provide the North American carrier with alternative fuel to support C.A.T.’s growing fleet of CNG trucks.
City of Hamilton and Union Gas partner to grow natural gas transit fleet
HAMILTON, ON – September 29, 2015 – At a special ceremony this morning, representatives from the City of Hamilton and Union Gas marked the completion of a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel station at the Mountain Transit Centre that will fuel the City’s new fleet of natural gas buses. In fall 2014, City Council approved the business case for transitioning the City’s conventional bus fleet back to CNG due to the volatile costs of diesel fuel.
The new station has the capacity to allow the City’s fleet of natural gas buses to grow from the current complement of 35 to a total of 120 vehicles over the next six years. The projected cost savings of this initiative is about $40 million over the next 20 years. The project is also expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over this period by about 25 per cent - or 86 kilo-tons of CO2 - which is equivalent to removing 18,105 passenger cars from the road.
"This rewarding partnership with Union Gas has tremendous economic and environmental benefits to our community," said Mayor Fred Eisenberger. "Not only will the City save millions of dollars over the next 20 years by converting part of our transit fleet to CNG, we will also move closer to our corporate target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050."
Union Gas built the CNG facility and will also own and maintain it. Natural gas prices are lower today than 10 years ago and natural gas also produces up to 25 per cent fewer greenhouse gas emissions compared with diesel or gasoline, and almost no sulphur dioxide or particular matter.
"Hamilton is a very energy conscious community," said Steve Baker, president, Union Gas. "The Hamilton Street Railway project is a great example of Union Gas and the city partnering to deliver a cleaner and more economic public transportation solution for the community."
The Honourable Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, could not attend the event but echoed his support for this partnership. "The use of compressed natural gas as a vehicle fuel has many advantages, such as being clean, affordable, and readily available. Congratulations to Union Gas and the City of Hamilton on this innovative partnership, which recognizes the importance of public transit initiatives as a way to reduce emissions."
The City of Hamilton is Ontario’s first municipality in over a decade to recommit to CNG buses. The first 18 60-foot articulated CNG buses arrived this summer thanks to funding from the federal Gas Tax Fund. They are the first of their kind in Canada. More buses are expected in the first part of 2016 which will include 24 40-foot CNG Nova buses. The City plans to replace about 18 buses per year with CNG until 2020.
City of Hamilton Kelly Anderson, Communications Officer, Public Works Department | City of Hamilton 905-973-4230 [email protected]
Union Gas Andrea Stass Manager, External Communications and Media Relations 519 436-5490 or 1-800-571-8446 ext. 5005490 [email protected]
RENEWABLE NATURAL GAS PURCHASE AND INJECTION PROJECT BETWEEN GAZ MÉTRO AND SAINT-HYACINTHE GIVEN THE GO-AHEAD
Montréal, July 23, 2015 –In a ruling welcomed by Gaz Métro and the City of Saint-Hyacinthe, the Régie de l'énergie du Québec has authorized the utility company to purchase the renewable natural gas (RNG)produced by the city and build the infrastructure required to connect the output to its distribution network. Once the work is complete, up to 13 million cubic metres per year of RNG will be produced by the municipality; most of this will then be injected into Gaz Métro's network. The forward thinking initiative will give Québec natural gas consumers access to clean, renewable and locally produced energy.
Tapping into the potential of waste recovery can turn it into a strategic asset, one that generates savings while reducing the collective environmental footprint. "By allowing Gaz Métro to fully assume its role as a Québec distributor of natural gas (including renewable natural gas), the ruling has significantly advanced development of the biomethanation process province-wide," said Martin Imbleau, Vice President of Development and Renewable Energies at Gaz Métro. "This joint initiative with Saint-Hyacinthe opens the door to new projects that absolutely must be developed further in Québec. At a time when fighting climate change is critical, developing renewable energy resources lets us diversify our energy mix and contributes directly to meeting our greenhouse gas emission targets."
The project will make Saint-Hyacinthe Québec’s first municipality to recycle organic waste through anaerobic digestion and use the resulting RNG to meet its energy needs. Under the agreement, injection of the renewable natural gas into Gaz Métro’s distribution network should start in 2017 and continue for the next 20 years. The ruling opens a potential commercial outlet for all RNG producers located near the gas network, which serves over 300 municipalities province-wide.
In Saint-Hyacinthe, household and local business organic waste from brown bin programs in 23 local municipalities will ultimately fuel the first municipal fleet powered by RNG, which will also be the preferred energy source for heating municipal buildings. "Producing renewable natural gas in Saint-Hyacinthe also works out to lower costs for industrial and municipal waste management," said Mayor Claude Corbeil. "What’s more, selling our production surplus to Gaz Métro will generate a new municipal revenue stream that can be reinvested in the community. At the same time, injecting our surplus into the gas network will let us use our own energy from anywhere on the network, which will significantly reduce our energy bill."
About waste management and renewable natural gas (RNG)
In Québec, landfill accounts for approximately 5.5% of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Québec municipalities now face strategic choices if they are to comply with the provincial residual material management policy (PGMR, Politique Québecoise de gestion des matières résiduelles1), which will ban the landfilling of organic waste as of 2020. Not only will diverting organic waste into RNG production significantly cut GHG emission, but the process will also optimize waste management by generating savings and substantial revenue through two outputs: high quality compost or fertilizer on the one hand, and high-performance renewable energy on the other. The latter can be used in all natural gas-powered applications, including the transport sector. Opting to replace pretroleum products with RNG will cut greenhouse gas emission by more than 99.4%2 in addition to reducing particulate matter by nearly 99%.
About Gaz Métro
With more than $6 billion in assets, Gaz Métro is a leading energy provider. It is the largest natural gas distribution company in Québec, where its network of over 10,000 km of underground pipelines serves 300 municipalities and more than 195,000 customers. Gaz Métro is also present in Vermont, where it has more than 305,000 customers. There, it operates in the electricity production market and the electricity and natural gas distribution market. Gaz Métro is actively involved in the development of innovative, promising energy projects such as the production of wind power, the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel and the development of biomethane. Gaz Métro is a major energy sector playor that takes the lead in responding to the needs of its customers, regions and municipalities, local organizations, and communities while also satisfying the expectations of its Partners (GMi and Valener) and employees. www.gazmetro.com
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1 Source: Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MDDELCC) 2 Calculation carried out by Gaz Métro based on reference data from Facteurs d’émissions et de conversion, Bureau de l’efficacité et de l’innovation énergétiques (BEIE), Ministère des Ressources naturelles du Québec, version dated April 7, 2014 http://www.efficaciteenergetique.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/medias/pdf/Facteurs_emissions.pdf
An Eastern Townships first: Sani-Estrie and the City of Magog team up to offer greener household waste removal
Magog (Québec), Monday, July 13, 2015 – Today, Sani-Estrie, Gaz Métro and its subsidiary Gaz Métro Transport Solutions (GMTS) joined Magog Mayor Vicki May Hamm to announce the arrival of new dump trucks powered exclusively by compressed natural gas (CNG): a fuel that's not only cheaper, but also more environmentally friendly. The shift towards greener transport was lauded by the City of Magog, which has contracted Sani-Estrie to take care of its household waste removal.
The Sherbrooke-based family business, well established in the Eastern Townships, currently boasts nine CNG trucks, five of which will be used for waste collection in Magog. To facilitate fuel supply, GMTS provided a compression station on Sani-Estrie Sherbrooke site. The new fleet, now in operation, has been refuelling through the Gaz Métro network since July 1.
“We are very excited about the new trucks, which will let us enjoy the many benefits of natural gas, especially on the economic and environmental levels,” said Sani-Estrie's Vice-President, Sylvain Gagné. “Staying at the fore of transport trends is vital if we are to increase our competitiveness in the field of waste collection.”
The nine CNG trucks—two tractor-trailers, two roll-off trucks and five dump trucks—are the first of a total of 30 to be delivered over the next five years. In addition to generating medium- to long-term savings for Sani-Estrie, the new fleet will cut greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 18 per cent. The fact that natural gas engines are also up to 10 decibels quieter will also improve quality of life in the community.
The switch to natural gas gives Sani-Estrie an edge with prospective customers who, like the City of Magog, are concerned about reducing emissions. “We chose to be proactive in finding the best and most cost-effective solutions to reach and even surpass the environmental targets set by the Québec government,” said Mayor Hamm. “Sani-Estrie offers greener and quieter waste collection. This is a concrete example of how our city's strategic directions can be put into action as we strive to implement sustainable practices in such areas as water and waste management, energy consumption and environmental conservation.”
“The recent agreement between the City of Magog and Sani-Estrie shows that municipalities have everything to gain by turning to suppliers who are conscious of their environmental impact,” said Éric Desmarais, Director, Fuel Market at Gaz Métro. “We are particularly pleased to see a city like Magog view natural gas as a lever for sustainable economic development. I urge Québec municipalities to follow suit to provide their citizens with a healthier environment.”
Founded in 2002 by the group Gestion Sani-Eco Inc. and Yves Duhamel, Sani-Estrie Inc. specializes in residential, commercial and industrial waste transport. The company also rents containers in a range of sizes for disposing of construction and other waste materials. In 2014, wishing to offer local municipalities, businesses and residents a variety of services, the company built a trans-shipment centre on its Sherbrooke site. In 2015, it established a new program focused on green energy. Sani-Estrie now has trucks running on natural gas, a clean energy.
About Gaz Métro Transport Solutions
Gaz Métro Transport Solutions (GMTS), an affiliate of Gaz Métro, was created in 2010 to encourage the transportation industry to switch to natural gas, a more economic and cleaner alternative to diesel in heavy transportation. GMTS is committed to developing a market for CNG and LNG as sources of fuel. GMTS offers turn-key solutions to fleet owners to accompany them throughout their transition projects using natural gas as a source of fuel. GMTS introduced and launched the Blue Road in 2011 and has become since a leader in the alternative fuels space in Québec, both for the advisory role it provides to companies and for its deployment of refueling stations. gazmetrost.com
About Gaz Métro
With more than $6 billion in assets, Gaz Métro is a leading energy provider. It is the largest natural gas distribution company in Québec, where its network of over 10,000 km of underground pipelines serves more than 300 municipalities and more than 195,000 customers. Gaz Métro is also present in Vermont, producing electricity and distributing electricity and natural gas to meet the needs of more than 305,000 customers. Gaz Métro is actively involved in the development and operation of innovative, promising energy projects, including natural gas as fuel and liquefied natural gas as a replacement for higher emission-producing energies, the production of wind power, and the development of biomethane. Gaz Métro is a major energy sector player that takes the lead in responding to the needs of its customers, regions and municipalities, local organizations and communities while also satisfying the expectations of its Partners (Gaz Métro inc. and Valener) and employees.