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    Benefits of Natural Gas touted in new UOIT transportation study

    New research released today from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in Oshawa suggests Ontario can save billions of dollars in fuel costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 100 million tonnes by 2050 if it can address long overdue transportation issues and implement solutions that include increased reliance on natural gas- and electric-powered vehicles.

    The study, which focuses on the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and the Highway 401-407 corridor, takes into account that traffic congestion is already costing Torontonians approximately $6 billion per year due to higher fuel consumption, increased health-care costs and eroded real estate values. By exploring alternative transportation options such as the expansion of natural gas and electric vehicles, especially for heavy-duty trucking fleets, as well as the introduction of a Highway 401/407 rapid transit system throughout the GTA and southwestern Ontario, considerable benefits emerge for both Ontario’s environment and economy.

    “The transportation sector is the number one contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Ontario,” says Bob Betts, spokesperson for the Ontario Natural Gas Alliance. “And with major events such as the Pan Am Games magnifying congestion issues, tackling this problem head on has become a clear priority.”

    Led by UOIT professor Dr. Daniel Hoornweg, the study was prepared as part of ongoing transportation work through the university’s Jeffrey S. Boyce Research Chair in Natural Gas as a Transportation Fuel. The research takes an integrated retrospective view from 2050, and concludes that a long-term approach focusing on clean and affordable solutions is feasible with the use of electric-powered personal vehicles and natural gas-powered buses and heavy-duty trucks. “A large-scale transportation initiative emphasizing mobility, connectivity, integration and leadership is important for Ontario and Canada,” says Dr. Hoornweg.

    For a downloadable copy of the full study (in three parts) click on the links below.

    Alternative_Transportation_Options_UOIT_120314 – FINAL

    Alternative_Transportation_Options_UOIT_120314 – FINAL.2

    Alternative_Transportation_Options_UOIT_120314 – FINAL.3

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    Demand-side Management Helping Ontario Businesses Save

    Companies across Ontario are making the most of Demand-Side Management (DSM) initiatives to help better their bottom lines and lower energy consumption. In fact, since DSM was introduced in the 1990s, industrial and commercial energy consumers across Ontario have saved an estimated 16.3 billion cubic metres of natural gas, equating to the energy consumption of more than five million homes, or removing 5.7 million cars from the roads each year. Savings on costs and energy consumed makes DSM an integral part of why natural gas continues to be affordable for companies of all sizes.

    Click on the link below for a National Post article that explores the benefits of DSM.

    National Post – Demand Side Management

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    Discovering the benefits of Natural Gas in Red Lake, Ontario

    Access to clean and affordable natural gas has proven beneficial for the residents of Red Lake, Ontario, a mining town located 500 km northwest of Thunder Bay. Previously, residents in the region had relied solely on fuel oil, hydro, wood or propane to heat their homes and businesses. Today, the game has changed.