The affordability of natural gas allows for a host of innovative technology applications that might not otherwise be considered, facilitating things like: the incorporation of renewable technologies into electricity grids; the broader use of combined heat and power technologies; lower emission internal combustion engines; LNG or CNG in the North; and various other opportunities. Affordable energy also has indirect innovation benefits, as it is a key determinant for investment decisions by industry looking to locate plant in a jurisdiction.
Energy Technology & Innovation Canada – industry leadership to drive technology commercialization
Energy Technology & Innovation Canada (ETIC) was created in 2011 by the natural gas delivery industry to stimulate the application of new, and improvements to existing, natural gas end-use technologies. ETIC has four specific areas of focus: industrial use, transportation, renewable natural gas, and integrated community energy systems.
ETIC offers a unique forum for projects to move forward with interested partners where technology and innovation lessons are shared and dollars are leveraged. ETIC has worked and established relationships with CanmetENERGY, the Gas Technology Institute, and the Gas European Research Group to name a few.
SD Natural Gas Fund
Together, the Government of Canada, through Sustainable Development Technology Canada, and the Canadian Gas Association created the Innovative Natural Gas Technology Fund to support the development and commercialization of new natural gas technology.
The SD Natural Gas Fund™ supports the development and demonstration of new downstream natural gas technology. The fund was created with a $15 million contribution over three years from the Canadian Gas Association (CGA) that is matched through SDTC’s SD Tech Fund™. This Fund will identify and support natural gas technologies that will generate cleaner energy, create new jobs and stimulate economic growth in Canada.
For more information about the SD Natural Gas Fund, click here.
LEADERS IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Natural gas distribution utilities have been developing successful energy efficiency programs for their residential, commercial and industrial customers for more than 20 years. These programs help customers invest in more efficient equipment and provide energy saving tips which result in lower energy costs and increased productivity and competitiveness for industry. In addition, by helping reduce natural gas consumption, efficiency programs result in lower emissions and help ensure the responsible use of Canadian resources.
Across Canada, there is significant opportunity to harness greater energy efficiency from natural gas end use equipment and appliances. Specific areas of focus include improving the efficiency of commercial heating and industrial processes and taking a ‘whole house ’ approach to improve residential energy use.
In an effort to continuously drive energy efficiency, CGA is working in collaboration with members and a range of stakeholders to identify opportunities, overcome obstacles, develop policy recommendations and gather business intelligence related to advancing the efficient use of natural gas. Canada’s gas utilities welcome the opportunity to work with other stakeholders to develop initiatives that will ensure affordable, reliable, and safe energy delivery to Canadians coast to coast to coast.