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.
Liquefied Natural Gas: A Marine Fuel for Canada’s Great Lakes and East Coast
Liquefied Natural Gas: A Marine Fuel for the Great Lakes and Canada’s East Coast is a condensed version of the Transport Canada report TP 15347 E, Canadian Marine Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Supply Chain Project, Phase 2/3 - Great Lakes and East Coast.
Of the work carried out in Phase 1 – West Coast, many of the findings and related aspects of the work were transferable to the Great Lakes and East Coast regions of Canada. New work was required to update regulatory and policy changes since the first report and also for aspects that were found to be unique to these new regions (economic modelling, implementation scenario options based on local infrastructure, and aggregate regional environmental and economic benefit analysis). While following the same layout as the original Phase 1 – West Coast report and retaining much of the same information, this report reflects the distinct differences between the regions and the revised scope of the project (Phase 2/3 considers compressed natural gas (CNG) as an additional option for some applications).
Click here to read the full report and to find out more about Key project findings.
CGA Federal Clean Fuel Standard Discussion Paper Comments
CGA and its member company natural gas utilities have participated extensively in the consultation process of Environment and Climate Change Canada's Clean Fuel Standards including both in the face to face meetings and on the technical webinars. Our engagement reflects our commitment to supporting the best policy framework possible to assist in the achievement of Canadian GHG emission reduction targets.
Click here to read CGA's Federal Clean Fuel Standard Discussion paper comments.
Natural Gas – A Clean and Affordable Transportation Fuel
Over 30 per cent of all the energy used in Canada each year fuels modes of transportation – from road to rail to air to marine. In Canada, the dominant transportation fuels used are gasoline and diesel, which account for nearly 85 per cent of the market. Natural gas represents 0.1 per cent of the total fuel use in transportation today, concentrated in initiatives in heavy-duty truck or small fleet truck applications. At a time when conventional transportation fuel prices are expected to rise, and their emissions are a concern for governments seeking to reduce them, more attention is being focused on natural gas as an alternative. CGA member utilities are intent on growing the market share for this affordable, low-emitting transportation fuel option. In this backgrounder, CGA explains the opportunity for natural gas as a transportation fuel, offers some specific suggestions for government action to help realize it, and explains the role of utilities in supporting it.