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    Coal Out. Prosperity In.

    Despite even our best efforts to conserve energy, the relentless demand for it will continue to rise. But that doesn’t mean we can’t do it cleaner than coal-fired electricity generation. Canadian Environmental Protection Act regulations (which take effect July, 2015) dictate that existing coal-fired plants must meet certain carbon dioxide standards.

    If they can’t, they’ve got to go.

    Enter natural gas. It has already been assuming its rightful place; expected to grow in Canada to 15 per cent of our energy mix. It’s already been making great reductions to Ontario’s emissions of greenhouse gases and airborne particulate matter. But not only is it clean, affordable and reliable – conversion from coal power brings economic activity.

    Canadian power utilities are expected to create $347.5 billion in generation, transmission, and distribution infrastructure over the next two decades (or an average of $13 billion per year). This will contribute $10.9 billion to Canada’s GDP and support 156,000 jobs each and every year. Natural gas electricity generation is expected to grow to 8,900 megawatts (effectively doubling current levels), the majority of it split between Alberta and Ontario, with smaller amounts in other provinces.

    To complement our energy mix diversity, there will be new investments in wind power and nuclear. Natural gas’ role will be as a scalable, rational “bridging” energy source, working flexibly with these renewable – though sometimes unreliable – energy sources. When they can’t produce what a city needs, natural gas can always be called on to do the job.

    But that’s at the very heart of natural gas: clean, reliable, and abundant. Its flexibility has wide-ranging, positive implications for consumers, manufacturing and transportation. Converting creates jobs and a better standard of living for us all.

    We look forward to a more diverse power mix. How about you? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

     

    Sources:
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/breakthrough/as-coal-fired-plants-retire-demand-for-natural-gas-to-grow/article13095111/
    http://www.c2es.org/publications/leveraging-natural-gas-reduce-greenhouse-gas-emissions

  2. Categories: Business

    Faromor Energy Solutions invests in natural gas

    Faromor Energy Solutions is a manufacturer that prides itself on being progressive and innovative. Residing just east of Shakespeare, Ontario, near Kitchener, the company continues to live up to its green reputation by installing its own compressed natural gas fueling station for its fleet of vehicles. Faromor sales engineer Nick Hendry says that the fueling station is “the first one that’s been built in Ontario in quite a while,” and that the entire process only took three months. Hendry adds that with the fleet of running on natural gas, every vehicle saves about $5,000 per year on fuel. Beyond just the economic benefits for Faromor Energy Solutions, the switch is contributing to a cleaner Ontario.

    Should other companies follow suit and consider investing in their own compressed natural gas fueling station? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

     

    Source: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/breakthrough/meet-the-new-generation-of-power-plants/article13094600/

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    Clean, affordable and reliable now comes in different sizes

    This is a tale of two natural gas-powered generating stations for two very different needs – one very large; the other very small.

    The large plant is on a 60-acre site in a Calgary industrial park, producing over 800 megawatts – enough to light and heat over half the city. It will help address Calgary’s growing energy needs over the coming years.

    The other generating station is located in Markham, Ontario, and its compact size makes it look like a modest extension of the parking lot next door to it. It produces four megawatts of power, usually fed right back into the grid. But it also has a specialized purpose: To supply critical energy to nearby Markham Stouffville Hospital in the event of an outage.

    Both are fuelled by clean, affordable and reliable natural gas. Both are shining examples of what’s to come: Natural gas assuming the role of 15 per cent of Canada’s power-generation mix by 2035 (up from 9 per cent in 2010). Both are flexible, cutting-edge facilities, engineered perfectly to their purpose. Small wonder – natural gas produces only half the carbon dioxide emissions of coal. And with newly discovered deposits, affordable natural gas is poised to fill the energy gap coal leaves behind; possibly for decades to come.

    Of particular interest to municipalities are the smaller, so-called “district-energy” systems like the Markham generator. That particular plant will also produce steam, hot or chilled water that can be utilized for the hospital’s environmental controls. The flexibility of these plants are appealing, not only for economic and environmental reasons, but also because a system with many smaller generators is safer than a central grid in the event of an emergency. In fact, municipalities such as Vaughan and Guelph are currently moving forward with the idea.

    How can smaller, district-energy natural gas powered generators be put to use in your community? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

     

    Source:
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/breakthrough/meet-the-new-generation-of-power-plants/article13094600/