Issue 3, 2016

RNG for Transportation: Vehicles fuelled by natural gas can use renewable natural gas (RNG). This is natural gas sourced from landfills, waste water treatment plants, agricultural waste, forest residue and other biomass. Like any other natural gas supply, once it is processed, RNG can be converted to CNG or LNG. It can be blended with other natural gas supplies (like ethanol is blended into gasoline) or used as the primary supply. An RNG-fuelled vehicle is 100 per cent renewable and offers the additional environmental benefit of using what would otherwise be a wasted resource. (Source: CGA)

EACH YEAR, CANADIAN GAS UTILITIES ADD APPROXIMATELY

100,000

NEW RESIDENTIAL NATURAL GAS CONSUMERS.

 Source: Canadian Gas Association

NATURAL GAS HEAT PUMPS: Natural gas heat pumps can average up to 50 per cent higher energy efficiency than modern condensing gas furnaces and unlike electric air source heat pumps, their cold weather performance is not as adversely affected. (Source: CGA)


Use of CNG and LNG in Transportation: 5.6 MtCO2e in GHG emissions reductions per year nationally by 2030 could result from using CNG/LNG as a replacement for refined fuels (mostly diesel) in the transportation sector. (Source: CGA)


Did you Know?

Today, Canada has a resource base of approximately 1,200 billion cubic feet (Bcf) per year of renewable natural gas (RNG) – equivalent to about 50 per cent of Canada’s 2015 natural gas consumption. (Source: CGA)


Hydrogen and Power-to-Gas: Power-to-gas is the process of converting surplus renewable electricity into hydrogen for injection into natural gas distribution pipeline via methane-hydrogen blending. As provinces bring online larger quantities of intermittent renewable power, the use of power-to-gas technology can act as a system balancing and a form of renewable energy storage in natural gas pipeline and storage caverns. Currently, CGA and its utilities in partnership with Hydrogenics and Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) are working to deploy Canada’s first ever power-to-gas project in Ontario. (Source: CGA)

Use of Natural Gas in the Industry Sector: Natural gas is the single largest energy source for Canadian industrial energy consumers – with approximately 23,000 facilities that use natural gas. It is used both as an input fuel for industrial process heat and as a feedstock to create valuable by-products including plastic and chemicals. (Source: CGA)