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    “Fill ‘er Up” At Home

    Natural gas from shale has certainly changed things. At a fraction of the cost of gasoline, everyone’s talking about the viability of natural gas. Point of fact, it may be the first major shift in transportation in 50 years – since we replaced diesel with gasoline for cars. Alas, its use has been seemingly limited to 0.1 per cent of vehicles, including city buses, garbage trucks and delivery vans.

    Access and initial cost are the big obstacles to most people. But what if you could pay an energy equivalent cost of 33 cents a litre, instead of $1.30? What if your car’s emissions could be virtually cut in half?

    And what if you could refuel at home?

    There are virtually no natural gas vehicles sold directly from the manufacturer to the consumer market – with the exceptions of the Honda Civic GX, and next year, Ford’s F-150 pickup. But gas engines can be converted to compressed natural gas.

    Since most people drive under 60 km per day anyway, bi-fuel vehicles, a strong argument can be made for bi-fuel vehicles. A dual tank system will let drivers employ clean, affordable and reliable natural gas as a primary fuel, while still having a tank of regular gasoline in reserve. Most of the time, you’ll be able to drive around town and make it home on natural gas. Then, you can simply refuel your natural gas overnight, right from the tap at the energy equivalent of 33 cents a litre).

    However, considering the somewhat high costs of conversion for both vehicles and homes, the biggest benefactors of such technology, at least in the meantime, will be fleet owners. As the technology becomes more popular (and thus, more economical) and as gasoline prices skyrocket, the barriers to natural gas will come down.

    Let us know your thoughts in the comments section provided below.



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    Unbeatable value with natural gas

    Charts assume average annual energy use of 97 GJ/year (equal to average Union Gas residential customer’s use of 2,600 m3 of natural gas/year). Natural gas costs include commodity, delivery, transportation and storage charges/fees to Dec. 31, 2012. Electricity costs include commodity, service, distribution, debt retirement and non-competition energy charges, and the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit rebate of 10% to Dec. 31, 2012. Derived oil and propane costs include commodity and delivery fees based on University of Guelph estimates.

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    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/