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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 ngt@fortisbc.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.

 

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

unknown14th Annual Energy Conference
June 7 – 8, 2017

Annual Energy Conference Program

 

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.

Alternative Lodging Options:

Best Western Plus at Columbia River Inn                           Columbia Gorge Inn
735 WaNaPa Street                                                                    404 Wa Na Pa Street
Cascade Locks OR 97014                                                         Cascade Locks OR 97014 
Reservations: 541-374-8777                                                    Telphone:  541-374-0015
                                                                                                       Online Reservations

CANCELLATIONS:
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