Issue 4, 2016

Safely Transported Coast-to-Coast-to-Coast: Natural gas transmission, distribution and service lines, which transport approximately one third of the energy consumed in Canada are an essential part of Canada’s infrastructure. Transportation by this underground infrastructure is a safe form of energy delivery.

DID YOU KNOW?

THE EARLIEST KNOWN DISCOVERY AND PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF NATURAL GAS IN NORTH AMERICA WAS RECORDED BY THE GOVERNOR GENERAL OF UPPER CANADA, JOHN GRAVES SIMCOE IN 1794.

 Source: Canadian Gas Association


Underground Geological Storage:  It isn’t well known in Canada that natural gas energy can be stored underground.  In fact, this is the most common type of storage in Canada. It consists of an underground rock formation that has already been tapped of its recoverable resource. Natural gas can be pumped back into the formation using large compressors and held there until it is needed like on the coldest winter days when demand is high for home heating or on the warmest summer days when demand for power for air conditioning is high. Porosity and permeability of these facilities are low, meaning injection and recovery occur at a slower rate than salt caverns or LNG storage.


Canada’s Natural Gas Resource Base: Canada’s available natural gas resource base continues to grow with over 200 years of supply (at current rates of production). Regular natural gas supplies are being augmented by the development of renewable natural gas (RNG). RNG is gas produced from decomposing organic materials at municipal landfills and waste water treatment facilities, and from forestry and agricultural waste products.


CANADA’S NATURAL GAS OPPORTUNITY

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Natural gas is affordable with savings that are even more noticeable for consumers facing rising costs for other energy commodities and services.

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Natural gas is an efficient and clean burning energy choice with fewer emissions than many other fuels and is an important partner for renewables and emerging low emission technologies.

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Natural gas delivery companies are innovators with a long history of supporting energy efficiency programs and driving innovation in energy end-use technology.


NATURAL GAS INNOVATION: THE NEAR TERM OPPORTUNITIES

  • Micro-combined heat and power (MCHP) for residential/small commercial buildings.
  • Renewable natural gas (RNG) – a 100 per cent renewable fuel that can be blended into the gas system.
  • Advanced gas heating/cooling equipment to meet the energy needs of modern energy efficient homes.
  • Natural gas for transportation markets to support alternative fuelling in Canada.
  • Liquefied natural gas (LNG) deployment projects to lower diesel use in northern industries and communities.