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  1. Categories: Environment

    Natural Gas as Transport Fuel

    Fleet owners across North America are switching to natural gas for their trucks and buses because of the fuel’s affordability and cleanliness. Here’s what they experience:

    • Fuel cost savings of up to 30 – 40% per kilometre
    • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 20 – 25%
    • Quieter vehicles providing less noise in urban settings
    • Lower levels of air pollutants and toxins

    And because natural gas vehicles also have the power, torque and fuel consumption characteristics similar to diesel, fleets need not sacrifice the performance they require to carry out their daily tasks.

    Affordable

    Natural gas for vehicle use is typically 30 – 40% less expensive than liquid fuels. The savings are due partially to the fact natural gas is a lower-cost commodity, compared to crude oil. This reality coupled with natural gas being exempt from federal and provincial fuel taxes, makes it an unmatched value and a wise business decision.

    Clean

    Using natural gas to fuel vehicles provides several environmental benefits:

    • Greenhouse gas emissions are reduced on a total lifecycle basis by 15 – 25% below diesel
    • Natural gas-powered vehicles also emit fewer air pollutants
    • Smog-related emissions of sulphur dioxide and non-methane hydrocarbons are reduced

    But switching doesn’t just spare the environment air pollution but also noise pollution. Natural gas vehicles are quieter than diesel vehicles. In fact, the noise from one diesel bus idling equals the noise from 10 idling natural gas buses. This significant sound reduction benefits fleets, communities and drivers who spend their days behind the wheel.

    Let us know how you feel about powering trucks and buses with natural gas, in the comments section below.

  2. Categories: Environment

    A Cold Week In January

    With record cold temperatures sweeping across Ontario, we’ve been bundling up and turning up thermostats to keep ourselves warm. There’s no doubt that reliable natural gas is working hard to warm our homes and businesses, and it’s also keeping our lights on.

    In fact, today, most of Ontario’s natural gas-fired electricity generating plants are on-line, producing almost 30 percent of Ontario’s total power supply – that’s 6500 megawatts.

    When compared to regions like Quebec, where just yesterday Hydro Quebec asked its residents to conserve power on the grid, Ontario is benefitting from an abundance of natural gas-fired electricity in order to meet increased demand.  During cold snaps, clean and affordable natural gas can be quickly ramped up or down according to our energy needs – helping keep people warm even on the coldest of days without having to worry about the possibility of a blackout or expensive heating costs.

    Summer or winter peak, natural gas is here to serve Ontario families.

  3. Categories: Business, Environment, Sustainability

    A response to Gwynne Dyer’s column, “Shale gas won’t change the game”

    In an article written by Gwynne Dyer, he fights the notion that shale gas won’t change the game. But the fact is natural gas has already changed the game. ONGA’s Mel Ydreos responds with further reasons as to why:

    “The fact is that the game has indeed changed, and here is why.

    Not only does North America have a 100-year supply of natural gas, thanks to prolific shale gas development, experts now predict there is closer to 150 years worth of domestic supply. In fact, due to advancements in the technology used to extract natural gas from shale, this new source of gas now represents a quarter of the natural gas consumed in Ontario, and this is expected to grow. While the amount of gas available from traditional production areas such as Alberta is less than it was a few years ago, the massive growth in natural gas shale production will more than make up the difference.

    Further, many of the new shale resources also contain natural gas liquids such as ethane and propane, and the value associated with the production of these liquids in addition to the gas, makes the development of these reserves economic even at today’s low gas prices.

    As a result, Ontario consumers, businesses and industries are paying some of the lowest prices for natural gas we’ve seen in the past decade, and experts predict prices will remain affordable into the next decade. In fact, the typical household has spent $400 less on natural gas in 2012 than they did just five years ago, and the savings are even greater for businesses and industry because of higher consumption levels. This translates into average annual energy savings of $4 billion for Ontario households and industry. And affordable natural gas is providing a significant economic boost to many local industries such as the growing mining industry.

    Natural gas is also making a positive impact on the environment by replacing coal-fired generation and presents a tremendous opportunity to fuel gasoline-powered transportation. Natural gas has only about half the greenhouse gas emissions of coal and 30% less than diesel-or gasoline-powered vehicles.

    When it comes to the extraction of natural gas from shale, industry, regulators, governments and non-governmental organizations are working collaboratively to ensure that the extraction process is understood and that rules and regulations reflect the balance between this economic opportunity and protecting our natural environment.

    New technologies, processes and regulations will ensure shale gas is extracted safely, so we can all continue to benefit from this abundant North American natural resource.”