Canada’s natural gas system offers reliable, affordable, clean energy. This report looks at the main indicators for Canada’s natural gas market as we enter the 2018-19 winter heating season. A summary of these key indicators is provided to help readers understand where some key market fundamentals sit as the colder months approach, furnaces are turned back on, and demand for natural gas peaks.
Guidance for Navigating the Measurement Canada Gas Type Approval Process
The Canadian Gas Association (CGA), on behalf of its operator and manufacturer member companies and in cooperation with Measurement Canada, has undertaken a review of the process of acquiring the authorization to use a measuring instrument in trade. The aim of this review was to identify opportunities for the applicant to streamline the process as much as possible.
These guidelines provide a roadmap of the gas type approval process and highlight areas where the applicant can realize efficiencies. We do not offer suggestions relative to improvements on the part of Measurement Canada and it should be noted that the type approval process through other labs such as the electricity lab may follow a slightly different trajectory.
These guidelines are designed to support the applicant along the full lifecycle of the application process, from determining whether a type approval is required, to submitting the application, navigating the process, and finally reviewing the draft Notice of Approval and ensuring all logistics are taken care of post-evaluation. The four stages identified in these guidelines are:
Canadian Gas Association 2019 Pre-Budget Submission
CGA's 2019 federal pre-budget submission entitled "Driving Canadian Competitiveness with Natural Gas" offers six recommendations to leverage natural gas, our country’s most competitive energy source. The recommendations address competitiveness in: Renewable Gas; Rural and Indigenous Communities; Housing and Business; Transportation; Infrastructure/Cyber Security; and, Industrial Competitiveness.
Driving Canadian Competitiveness with Natural Gas – Canadian Gas Association 2019 Pre-Budget Submission
The Canadian Gas Association has submitted its 2019 pre-budget submission to the Government of Canada. The submission focuses on the following areas: supporting a renewable gas technology commercialization fund; connecting rural Canadians to natural gas; driving Canada forward with natural gas; supporting low-carbon end use technologies; supporting cyber security skills transfer for industrial systems; and improving Canada’s industrial competitiveness.
The Canadian Gas Association (CGA) has developed a federal policy proposal for a Renewable Gas Innovation Program. This proposal requests $750 million to support renewable gas project deployment, technology commercialization and to enhance federal laboratory renewable gas R&D capacity.
Natural gas currently meets 34% of Canada’s energy needs and is the single largest fuel source for building and industrial facilities. Natural gas is also increasingly being used as an alternative low emission fuel for various modes of transportation and as a fuel for power generation. The National Energy Board forecasts natural gas will be the single largest source of energy in Canada by 2040.
We believe natural gas has a role to play in Canada’s long-term energy future and economic competitiveness. However, in order to address competitiveness and emissions, the advancement of renewable gases (renewable natural gas, hydrogen and synthetic methane) is of critical importance. Renewable gases provide a ready now solution for decarbonizing freight transportation, building heat and industrial use. Substituting just five per cent of Canada’s gas supply with RNG would reduce GHG emissions by 7 to 10 MT.
In developing this proposal, CGA has conducted extensive consultations with stakeholders to understand their needs. The proposed federal Renewable Gas Innovation Program addresses many of these needs and aims to stimulate the Canadian RNG market to put Canada on track to fulfill 5 to 10 per cent RNG content by 2030. This fund would advance the renewable gas market by supporting:
$150 million in renewable gas technology demonstration;
$15 million to CanmetENERGY to establish a global renewable gas hub;
$10 million for renewable gas R&D collaborations with academia; and
$575 million to support renewable gas projects with municipalities, Indigenous communities, forestry and agricultural operators.