This is CGA’s Annual Natural Gas Review: a snapshot of our industry produced once a year for broad distribution. It shows continued growth in supply and demand, all while the product remains affordable and its environmental footprint continues to decline. Affordable and clean natural gas: a Canadian advantage.
As the Canadian federal code now includes traceability requirements, the Canadian Gas Association initiated a task force to develop minimum guidelines to address code requirements. The task force was made up of both operators and suppliers to bring alignment across all stakeholders. The task force developed a guidance document which covers steel and plastic pipelines with components, along with assemblies.
Regulator Rationale For Ratepayer-Funded Electricity and Natural Gas Innovation
The case for utility-led, ratepayer-funded innovation has strengthened over the past decade and is being driven by a series of interconnected energy realities. These include the need to employ technology to integrate significant quantities of customer-sited distributed energy resources, the emergence of new natural gas end-use technologies, and a recognition by governments that utilities can play a central role in the achievement of energy and environmental public policy goals that require innovative solutions. Regulators in Canada should take note that these factors have taken hold among global economic regulators and this report concludes that the trend is spreading beyond some of the early movers: The United Kingdom, California, New York and British Columbia. The responsibility for ensuring that innovation prepares the energy industry to realize the potential for reliable, affordable, and clean energy with greater customer choices among products and services is shared by the utilities, regulators and other policy makers.
Brief to Standing Committee on the Environment and Sustainable Development Built Environment Study
The Standing Committee on the Environment and Sustainable Development’s (Environment Committee) study on Clean Growth and Climate Change in Canada: The Built Environment focuses on the Pan Canadian Framework on Climate Change’s objectives related to buildings. These objectives include energy efficiency, clean and renewable energy use, clean technology, and net zero energy building practices, while maintaining affordability and advancing innovation.
The Canadian Gas Association’s (CGA) brief to the Environment Committee will discuss how the natural gas distribution industry currently supports Canada’s goals in these areas. We want to highlight how our infrastructure and our product are essential to a low-emission building future where Canadians continue to have access to clean, affordable, and reliable energy services for homes and buildings across the country.
Authorized Return on Equity for Canadian and U.S. Gas and Electric Utilities
The fifth edition of the newsletter has been produced by Concentric Energy Advisors. This document summarizes the latest information available on authorized ROEs and common equity ratios for over 40 Canadian gas and electric utilities. For comparison purposes, the newsletter also presents the average and median authorized ROEs and common equity ratios for U.S. gas and electric distributors, as reported by SNL Financial’s Regulatory Research Associates.
For more information on this publication, contact one of the representatives from Concentric Energy Advisors noted at the bottom of the newsletter.