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  1. Categories: Business

    Natural gas takes flight

    We’ve seen automobiles make the switch, locomotives make the switch, and even boats make the switch. But we have yet to see planes make the switch.

    Until now, that is.

    Oshkosh, Wisconsin-based Aviat Aircraft has just introduced the first airplane to run on both standard aviation fuel and compressed natural gas (CNG). The test planes are a big leap forward in helping make flying small aircraft less expensive and gentler on the environment. The immediate practical benefit is for those who are learning to fly, explains Greg Herrick, an aircraft owner who spearheaded the idea to convert an airplane to CNG. “One aspect we’re particularly excited about is the opportunity to dramatically reduce the cost of learning to fly,” he says. “If a flight school installs a simple CNG refueling station they can cut the cost for the student’s fuel, perhaps by thousands of dollars.”

    A barrier the aviation industry does face right now is the fact that there are few refilling stations to accommodate the switch right now. But is a more robust infrastructure that supports CNG in aviation something that we should be considering? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

    Source: http://www.wired.com/autopia/2013/07/cng airplane/?mbid=social10343494

  2. Categories: Business

    Canadian Natural Gas Abundance: East to West

    Canada has so much potential in the world’s natural gas future. Even at current consumption rates (including exports to the U.S.) it’s estimated our country has enough gas to last for over 100 years.

    But where is it exactly?

    There are numerous unconventional gas deposits already being explored – the Bakken formation in Saskatchewan, the Horn River basin between Alberta and B.C., as well as the Marcellus Shale which extends into Eastern Canada. Here’s a profile of the natural gas we possess across the country:

    The West

    There’s an estimated 1,000 trillion cubic feet of unconventional gas beneath the Horn, Laird and Montney river basins in Northeastern B.C. That’s about 500 times the total annual gas production (conventional and unconventional) Alberta exports each year. Saskatchewan is also considered to have huge potential natural gas reserves, and is providing financial incentives to encourage its extraction. However, Alberta remains the conventional energy leader; producing 70 per cent of the country’s production. Plus, with over 167,000 unconventional wells drilled in the last 50 years, the province has a lot of experience in unconventional gas development. For all intents and purposes, the West is Canada’s energy epicentre. But the East is coming along.

    The East

    Although the geology of southern Ontario is similar to the northeastern U.S., there are no indications of significant reserves. Quebec has also experienced limited exploration. New Brunswick, however, has been the subject of much interest for exploration companies. Governments in all three provinces are studying how to best extract natural gas safely and cost efficiently, while keeping the environment a top priority and also considering their legal duty to First Nations in areas of interest. However, the Marcellus Shale gas formation in New York and Pennsylvania mean these eastern provinces will never want for clean, affordable and reliable natural gas.

    Have views on Canada’s natural gas reserves? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

     

    Source: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/breakthrough/a-snapshot-where-unconventional-gas-is-being-produced-in-canada/article12930207/

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    Why natural gas should be part of our long-term energy plan

    Over the past several weeks, the GTA has seen some interesting weather. From heat waves to violent storms, we’ve seen quite a bit of it and it’s putting pressure on our energy systems. It’s becoming clearer every day that the province needs a reliable and affordable solution for our energy needs, especially when we need it most. Our own Matthew Gibson shared with the Toronto Sun why natural gas should be part of our long-term energy plan. See the link below to read his article in full:
    http://www.torontosun.com/2013/07/24/long-term-energy-plan-is-necessary