NWGA Releases Natural Gas Facts Booklet

Natural Gas Facts

This booklet provides an overview of natural gas and the myriad of benefits that this domestic, clean, safe, low-cost and reliable energy source offers the Pacific Northwest consumers. 3.2 million regional natural gas users are enjoying its economic and environmental advantages, but expanding the use and applications of natural gas will help provide an economically feasible, cleaner environment for future generations.

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June 7 -8, 2017: 14th Annual Energy Conference

  • Annual Energy Conference
    June 7, 2017 - June 8, 2017
    11:00 am - 4:30 pm

FortisBC awards an initial $6 million to convert fleets to natural gas, with further incentives to follow

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 to receive updates or by visiting

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.


Natural Gas Term of the Week: Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

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.

A Natural Gas Term of the Week is posted each Monday, check back weekly to boost your natural gas IQ.  Follow the NWGA on Twitter @Ben_at_NWGA



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