Issue 2, 2017

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Canada 150 – the Centennial Flame: The Centennial Flame at the foot of Parliament was first lit on July 1, 1967 by Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson to mark Canada’s 100th anniversary. Fuelled by natural gas, the flame has burnt virtually non-stop for 50 years. A quarter of a century later, Canada now celebrates its sesquicentennial and the natural gas distribution industry has taken this opportunity to mark and highlight the recognizable contributions that our industry has made to Canada over the course of our country’s history. On December 31, 2016 more than 400 youth, each carrying a torch, formed a human chain from the Ottawa 2017 Cauldron to Parliament Hill. The flame from this Fire of Friendship Torch Relay was used to re-light the Centennial Flame, initiating celebrations on Parliament Hill and in cities across the country.

BY THE END OF 2017, UTILITIES WILL HAVE BROUGHT

12 RNG PROJECTS

ONLINE PRODUCING ENOUGH RENEWABLE FUEL FOR 55,000 HOMES.

Source: Canadian Gas Association

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs:  Natural gas creates additional jobs in industries such as agriculture and manufacturing that support and supply goods and services to the natural gas industry.

Driving Cleantech Innovation: Canada’s natural gas utilities have a long history of partnering with organizations such as CanmetENERGY, the National Research Council, the Natural Gas Technology Centre, the Gas Technology Institute, and the American Gas Association, to support the testing, demonstration, and development of innovative technologies. In 2016, the Natural Gas Innovation Fund™ (NGIF) was created by the Canadian Gas Association to support further funding of cleantech innovation in the natural gas value chain. Through NGIF, so far utilities have invested $5.4 million, leveraging $41.2 million from industry and government, in a range of natural gas cleantech projects. End use technologies of particular interest to NGIF include combined heat and power (CHP), micro CHP, power-to-gas, NGV engines, and renewable natural gas (RNG).

piggy-bank-2Developing Successful Energy Efficiency Programs: 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. Since the year 2000, utilities have invested over $1 billion in their energy efficiency programs, saving over $1 billion in natural gas costs and reducing customer emissions by over 50 megatonnes.

DID YOU KNOW?

Natural gas emits lower levels of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and air pollution than many other fuel sources including heating oil, propane and (in jurisdictions burning coal for electric power) electricity. As well, natural gas technology is highly efficient and an ideal partner for renewables like wind and solar.