- Annual Energy Conference
June 7, 2017 - June 8, 2017
11:00 am - 4:30 pm
SURREY, B.C.- Communities around the province will soon see more natural gas-powered vehicles on the road after FortisBC awarded approximately $6 million in incentives to transportation operators to purchase compressed natural gas (CNG)-fueled vehicles for their fleets.
“These organizations have shown a commitment to choosing natural gas as a transportation fuel solution,” said Doug Stout, vice president of energy solutions and external relations at FortisBC.
“Building on the initial successes we’ve had with natural gas vehicles and the benefits they bring to the environment and our gas customers, this program is making widespread use of natural gas for transportation a reality.”
The program was made possible following the creation of the Government of B.C.’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction regulation.
“The government of B.C. is committed to ensuring natural gas is a significant part of the transportation sector because it is cheaper, cleaner and abundant in B.C.,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Mary Polak. “This new program will help encourage more transportation companies to use natural gas as the transportation fuel choice of the future.”
A total of approximately $6 million for CNG vehicles was awarded to the following vehicle fleet operators:
- BC Transit – $937,500
- BFI Canada – $937,958
- City of Vancouver – $1,854,600
- Cold Star Freight System Inc. – $450,997
- Emterra Environmental – $745,500
- School District No. 23 (Kelowna) – $67,893
- Smithrite Disposal Ltd. – $953,775
The incentives were granted through a public and transparent selection process. The $6 million awarded is part of a $104.5 million program announced in May 2012 to assist qualifying heavy-duty fleet operators to purchase natural gas vehicles. The $104.5 million will help offset the cost of switching fleets to natural gas, fund training and upgrades to facilities to safely maintain natural gas vehicles, and to build CNG or liquid natural gas (LNG) fuelling stations.
In addition to decreased greenhouse gas emissions and noise, refuelling for CNG vehicles is estimated to be 25 to 50 per cent less expensive than refuelling traditional diesel vehicles due to the current difference in prices.
Under the program, FortisBC provides funding to offset a percentage of the incremental capital cost between a qualifying natural gas vehicle and the cost of an equivalent diesel vehicle. Depending on the agreement, FortisBC could fund up to 75 per cent of the incremental cost of the natural gas vehicles.
Rounds of funding will continue over the next four years, with the next round beginning April, 2013. Eligible heavy-duty fleet operators can learn more by emailing email@example.com to receive updates or by visiting http://fortisbc.com/ngt.
FortisBC gas utility customers benefit from additional volumes of natural gas for transportation moving through FortisBC’s pipeline system. Better year-round, utilization of FortisBC’s infrastructure, especially during the summer months when heating requirements are reduced, helps to keep natural gas delivery rates low for all customers.
What it means: Natural gas which has been liquefied by reducing its temperature to minus 260 degrees Fahrenheit at atmospheric pressure (i.e. liquefaction). In volume, it occupies 1/600 of the vapor at standard conditions, making long distance shipping feasible.
See it in action: Due to its smaller volume, LNG is useful as a storage option for natural gas should a utility need to quickly meet excess demand, such as in times of very cold weather. A number of NWGA members operate LNG peaking facilities, Fortis BC has a good overview of their LNG storage facilities on their website.
LNG is also gaining traction as a transportation fuel, especially for long haul trucking. Its high energy gives LNG similar characteristics as conventional gasoline with fewer emissions, including up to a 30% reduction in greenhouse gases. With diesel prices currently hovering around twice the price of LNG a number of large companies are working to provide more vehicle fueling opportunities. Big industry players, GE and Clean Energy, recently announced plans to build a number of LNG fueling stations.
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Skamania Lodge: Discounted rates are $152, plus lodge fees and taxes for a forest view room and $172, plus lodge fees and taxes for a river view room. The Lodge now has a 5-day cancellation policy. The lodge is currently SOLD OUT for the night of June 8, you may request to be put on the waitlist. Reservations are available now by contacting the Lodge 1-800-221-7117 and let them you are attending the Annual Energy Conference. Make online using the code 1XW46U.
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Refund, less $50 fee, will be given up to May 26, 2017. After that date, we have already confirmed headcounts and committed to your cost of attendance. We are happy to allow substitutions by calling 503.344.6637.
Continuing Education Credits: We have applied to receive approval for attorneys (Oregon and Washington) to earn CLEs for the attendance at the annual energy conference.
Who is attending?
|Lawrence Acker — Van Ness Feldman LLP||Teresa Acosta — Calpine Energy Solutions||Judy Adair — Northwest Gas Association||Rick Adair — Energy NewsData||Paula Allen — United Energy Trading||Ronald Amen — Black & Veatch Management Consulting, LLC||Dana Anderson — Avista||Darren Anderson — Idaho Power||Shalena Armstrong — Shell Energy||Mckenzie Avenetti — SUPREME PERLITE COMPANY||Nick Avenetti — Supreme Perlite Company||Graham Bailey — NORPAC||Jay Balasbas — Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission||Jay Balasbas — Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission||Donna Barnett — Perkins Coie||Keith Barnhart — Shell Energy North America||Beth Beatty — Cost Management Services, Inc.||David Bennett — FortisBC Energy Inc.||Walter Bennett — Williams Northwest Pipeline||Tim Boyd — The TSB Group||Ed Brewer — Willliams Northwest Pipeline||Edward Brewer — Williams Northwest Pipeline||Tyne Brownlow — International Paper||Ian Burkheimer — Plum Energy||Jeff Bush — Calpine Energy Solutions||John Campion — PSE||John Carr — Industrial Customers of Northwest Utilities||Brent Carson — Van Ness Feldman LLP||Dan Casey — Thermic||Nick Caumanns — Cascadia Energy Ltd||Ed Coghlan — ON Semiconductor||Cliff Conte — Calpine Energy Solutions||Scott Corzine — Puget Sound Energy||Becky Coughlin — IGI/BP||Robert Cox — Kapstone Paper||Brian Cunnington — Cascade Natural Gas||Lynn Dahlberg — Williams Northwest Pipeline||Charles Deister — Jordan Cove LNG||Cynthia Des Brisay — FortisBC||Bill Donahue — Puget Sound Energy||Candice Engel||Ralph Epling — IGI Resources, a BP Energy Company||Carl Fink — Blue Planet Law||Grant Forsyth — Avista Corp.||Kelly Francone — Energy Strategies||Ken Fuhr — Independent Energy Consultants(BC)||Alan Garcia — NW Natural||Kimberly Gentle — Pend Oreille PUD||Laren Gertsch — Williams Northwest Pipeline||Rich Greenwell — Cost Management Services, Inc||Teresa Griffels — Portland General Electric||Sara Grigsby — SUPREME PERLITE COMPANY||Scott Gutting — Energy Strategies||Jena Hackett — International Paper||Steve Harper — Noble Gas & Power||Charley Hathaway — Northwest Procurement Solutions LLC||Tom Haymaker — Clark Public Utilities||Clifton Hazen — NW Natural||Leslie Heilbrunn — Portland General Electric||Kim Heiting — NW Natural||Eric Hiaasen — Clatskanie PUD||Nancy Holbrook — IGI Resources, Inc.||Chris Horn — Columbia Steel Casting Co.||Brandon Houskeeper — Puget Sound Energy||Sam Jackson — Apex Companies||Jason Johns — Stoel Rives LLP||Curtis Johnson — Calpine Energy Solutions||Garth Johnson — Enbridge Inc.||Scott Johnson — NW Natural||Cheryl Jones — Southern Cross Corp||Massoud Jourabchi — Northwest Power and Conservation Council||Robert Kahn — Northwest & Intermountain Power Producers Coalition (NIPPC)||Nick Kaiser — Nippon Dynawave Packaging Co.||Andreas Kammereck — Golder Associates Inc.||Bryn Karaus — Van Ness Feldman||Ryin Khandoker — Portland General Electric||Cathy Kim — Portland General Electric||John Kinder — Questar Pipeline, LLC||Alan Kiraly — SUPREME PERLITE COMPANY||Peter Kresnyak — Absolute Energy||Michele Kvam — Puget Sound Energy, Inc.||Mary Lang — FortisBC||Nancy Lange — NW Natural||Andrew Lightfoot — Puget Sound Energy||Tamy S Linver — NW Natural||Scott Madison — Intermountain Gas Company||Dave Madsen — Williams Northwest Pipeline||Daniel Mangeac — IGI Resources, INC.||Bruce Martin — WestRock Tacoma||Eric Martin — Stoel Rives LLP||Eric Martuscelli — Cascade Natural Gas Corporation||Jawad Masud — TransCanada||Josh McCall — BP||Mary McCordic — Shell Energy North America (Canada) Inc.||Gayle McCutchan — Calpine Energy Solutions||Gayle McCutchan — Calpine Energy Solutions||Mike McGrath — Intermountain Gas Company||Timothy McMahan — STOEL RIVES LLP||George Minter — SoCalGas||Jerry Mishler — Supreme Perlite Company||Jody Morehouse — Avista||Bob Morman — Cascade Natural Gas - MDU||Kirby Morrow — Absolute Energy||Stewart Muir — Resource Works||Tom Myrberg — Questar Pipeline, LLC||Stephen Newell — Ruby Pipeline||Thomas Pardee — Avista Corp||Joelyn Pineda — Shell Energy North America||Justin Pino — United Energy Trading||Rob Platt — United Energy Trading||Elizabeth Ponce — U.S. Cellular||Aldis Raisters — Georgia-Pacific||Jassi Randhawa — FortisBC||Rick Rautenbach — Enbridge||Connor Reiten — NWGA||Clay Riding — Northwest Innovation Works||Grant Ringel — Puget Sound Energy||Chris Robbins — Cascade Natural Gas Corp.||Mike Roberts — KapStone||Thad Roth — Energy Trust of Oregon||Shan Rowbotham — City of Ellensburg||Shan Rowbotham — City of Ellensburg||Dave Santen — NW Natural||Amy Schulties — NW Natural||Kaylene Schultz — Avista||Randy Schultz — IGI Resources, Inc.||Robert Schuster — FortisBC||Eric Scott — Avista Corporation||Mark Sellers-Vaughn — Cascade Natural Gas Corporation||Gary Sernovitz — Lime Rock Management||Steve Simmons — Northwest Power and Conservation Council||Tom Simpson — NW Natural||Gurvinder Singh — Puget Sound Energy||Heather Sixkiller — Portland General Electric||Trudy Slagle — Lamb Weston||Derrick Smith — MacKay Sposito||Teresa Smith — Pend Oreille PUD||Jared Sommer — BYU-Idaho||Tania Specogna — FortisBC Inc||Buddy Stanavich — City of Ellensburg||Mark Steele — Norpac Foods||Ashleigh Stewart — Boeing||Ashley Stowkowy — TransCanada||Ashley Stowkowy — TransCanada||Don Sturtevant — Simplot||Dennis Swanson — FortisBC||David Swenson — Intermountain Gas Company||Mona Tandon — Van Ness Feldman||Mike Thueson — BYU-Idaho||Gary Venz — Williams Northwest Pipeline||Fred Weisberg — Weisberg Law Corporation||Jay White — TransCanada||Keith White — NW Natural||Rusty Williams — BP||Bruce Wittmann — Wittmann Consulting LLC||Brian Wood — Nippon Dynawave Packaging Co.||Tom Yarborough — Weyerhaeuser Company||Dave Yexley — MDU Utilities Group-Cascade Natural Gas|