More and more Canadians are saying that they can’t wait to see 2020 behind them as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. We are in the midst of the second wave as we go to print, and with it a return to extensive lockdowns that have many wondering whatever happened to “leveling the curve.” The pandemic and the lockdowns have drastically changed the way we live our day-to-day lives and general levels of frustration about that are rising.
Through it all, and despite the many challenges, Canada’s natural gas delivery industry has continued to deliver essential energy services in support of communities across the country without interruption. We have been, in addition, actively working on a number of projects to help kickstart Canada’s economy, including initiatives around energy efficiency, hydrogen, renewable natural gas, natural gas for transportation, and the use of liquified natural gas. All of these projects have Canadians’ long-term well-being top-of-mind: creating job opportunities, reducing emissions, and maintaining the affordability and reliability advantage we have come to depend on from gaseous fuel delivery.
And this issue of ENERGY reflects that determination to stay on course as an industry committed to an ever-improving energy offering for Canadians. Articles follow on opportunities for LNG exports, exciting advancements in natural gas cleantech and innovation, and the energy landscape in Africa. In this issue, you will also read some commentary on the U.S. election – commentary drafted before November 3rd, and therefore without the knowledge of that election’s outcome.
We also include an in-depth conversation with Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, Hon. Seamus O’Regan, about the role of the energy sector in boosting Canada’s economy out of the current struggles from the pandemic and lockdowns. And we interview Leigh Ann Shoji-Lee, President of Pacific Northern Gas and CGA Board Chair, and President of the International Gas Union, Dr Joe Kang.
I hope you find the articles in this issue of ENERGY informative and insightful. I invite you to reach out if you have any comments or suggestions. Thank you.