Last month, President of Enbridge Gas Distribution, Guy Jarvis, spoke passionately about the crossroads we’ve hit as a nation looking for safe, clean, affordable and reliable energy. Natural gas flows across North America are shifting and Jarvis sees how important this to Ontario. Jarvis mentions, “If we want to continue to benefit from natural gas, we must acknowledge and plan for the massive changes taking place in the North American marketplace.” He later adds, “If we choose to let others determine our fate and do nothing, we risk being less competitive with our neighbours who already have access to newly available supplies. With Western Canadian supplies declining, we must ensure that we can access new supplies. By taking action, Ontario can capitalize on the potential economic benefits that natural gas can continue to bring well into our future.”
Although we don’t often stop to think about it, Jarvis drew attention to the clear benefits of natural gas. In addition to being safe, natural gas is clean and more affordable than it was five years ago and as such, provides great economic value for Ontario.
“Regardless of their political stripe, Ontario residents, business leaders, politicians and regulators must not lose sight of important questions. Do we ignore the changing North American energy landscape and hope for the best? Or do we take action now to leverage the changing North American supply dynamics for our benefit?”
The economic health of Ontario depends on securing our natural gas future. Natural gas accounts for almost one third of energy use in Ontario. If we want to continue to benefit from natural gas, looking to continue that discussion is something we all should consider.
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