Canadian Gas Association Submission to the New Brunswick Legislature Select Committee on Climate Change
The Government of New Brunswick has launched a Select Committee on Climate Change to explore solutions to reduce emissions while respecting New Brunswick’s distinct economic challenges and opportunities. The province’s economy features export and energy-intensive industries. As a result, it is important that emissions reductions solutions are cost-effective and aimed at strengthening energy efficiency, driving innovation, and increasing access to affordable, clean, safe, and reliable sources of energy.
The Canadian Gas Association (CGA) welcomes the opportunity to outline in this report, “The Natural Gas Opportunity in New Brunswick”, how natural gas and the natural gas delivery industry can help the province meet its economic and environmental objectives.
Comments from the Canadian Gas Association on the “Draft Outline for the Proposed Joint U.S.-Canadian Electric Grid Strategy”.
The Canadian Gas Association (CGA) and the Canadian natural gas distribution industry understand the important role that governments can play in the enhancement and strengthening of our North American energy delivery systems.
Click here to read CGA's comments on the "Draft Outline for the Proposed Joint U.S. - Canadian Electric Grid Strategy"
COMMENTS OF THE CANADIAN GAS ASSOCIATION ON THE QUADRENNIAL ENERGY REVIEW SECOND INSTALLMENT (QER 1.2)
In April, 2015, the Department of Energy (DOE) released the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER). The QER recognized that the energy relationship between the U.S. and Canada is highly intertwined, and noted opportunities to collaborate on initiatives to promote clean energy and environmental responsibility. DOE stated that the development of the QER provided an opportunity to engage Canada “in a deeper dialogue on the integrated nature of North American energy systems – including transmission, storage, and distribution infrastructure.” Among the recommendations included in the QER to further enhance North American energy integration was integration of energy data between the U.S. and Canada, undertaking comparative and joint energy system modeling, planning and forecasting between the U.S. and Canada, and establishing collaborative programs to harmonize regulations across the border.
Read more about comments of the Canadian Gas Association on the Quadrennial Energy Review second installment(QER 1.2)
Economic and GHG Emissions Benefits of LNG for Remote Markets in Canada
Approximately 200,000 people live in nearly 300 remote communities spread across Canada that are disconnected from central energy supplies. These remote energy markets are ‘off-grid’ regions of Canada that are not connected to the North American electrical grid or to natural gas distribution pipelines. In these remote regions, reliable and cost-effective energy supply are a challenge for communities and industry, and serve as a barrier to economic development. Remote communities and industry typically rely on diesel, propane, or other fuel oils for heating and to generate their own power, all of which have to be shipped in by truck, rail, or marine vessel.
In many remote regions of Canada, liquefied natural gas (LNG) is increasingly being considered as an option to meet energy requirements. Advances in the technology used to liquefy, transport, and re-vaporize natural gas, have made LNG a viable option for remote customers. ICF worked with the CGA and Canadian natural gas distribution utilities to define the scope of expansions and type of customers that would be reached.
Renewable Natural Gas: Affordable Renewable Fuel for Canada
As governments – both provincial and federal – discuss lower GHG emissions pathways, renewable natural gas (RNG or biomethane) presents a significant and largely untapped opportunity for GHG emission-free energy for our country. Using RNG means putting renewable energy directly in an existing pipeline: showing how pipes can deliver the benefits of renewables as efficiently (and often more cost-effectively) than electric wires.
This publication outlines the potential for RNG in Canada including its role in the reduction of GHG emissions, its value as an affordable renewable energy option for natural gas markets, and the role natural gas utilities can play in delivering this clean renewable product to Canadians.