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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.

To download and read more, click here.

Welcome to the Northwest Salish Orca and LNG as a marine fuel!

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This is a picture of the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueled marine vessel to operate in the Northwest, Salish Orca. Salish Orca left its shipyard in Gdansk, Poland last November and arrived in British Columbia (BC) last week after a 50-day, 10,440-nautical-mile journey. Salish Orca will go into operation later this spring after inspections and training are complete.

Salish Orca is the first of three liquefied natural gas (LNG) Salish class vessels that BC Ferries is adding to its fleet. Its sister ships, Salish Eagle and Salish Raven, are expected to arrive in BC this spring and go into service later in 2017. BC Ferries has also commissioned the retrofit of its two largest vessels, the Spirit of Vancouver and the Spirit of British Columbia, to run on both LNG and diesel.

“This is a very exciting day for all of us at BC Ferries, as we proudly welcome this beautiful ship, Salish Orca, home to British Columba and into our fleet,” says Mike Corrigan, BC Ferries’ president and CEO. “The Salish Class vessels will provide us cost savings and efficiencies, with standardized vessels and greater interoperability, as well as enhanced safety, well into the future. They are very well-built ships, which will serve our customers for many years to come.”

According to BC Ferries, using natural gas as the primary fuel source is expected to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by approximately 15% to 25%, reduce sulphur oxides by over 85%, reduce nitrogen oxides by over 50%, and nearly eliminate particulate matter.

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

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

NWGA Releases the 2016 Gas Outlook

This study, compiled by the NWGA and its members, provides a consensus industry perspective of the Pacific Northwest’s current and projected natural gas supply, demand, prices and delivery capabilities through 2026. The Pacific Northwest, in this case, includes British Columbia (BC) and the U.S. states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

We have updated data in this 2016 Outlook, but most key conclusions are similar to last year. Most of the trends identified in the 2015 Outlook continue to be relevant. Where appropriate, revised analyses and updated tables/graphics provide details of what’s new.

To download the complete study click here.

Reaping the Shale Natural Gas Bounty

The Northwest Power and Conservation Council recently published a blog, Reaping the Shale Natural Gas Bounty. The Council recognizes that as trite as it has become to say it, North America is in the midst of an energy revolution.

The North American natural gas resource is abundant. Once a pipe dream, technological breakthroughs have made vast gas supplies available. Less than ten years ago, natural gas was thought to be so scarce we were building

facilities to import it from other countries. Once we asked, “Where will we get the natural gas we know we need?” Now we ask, “How can we use the natural gas we know we have?”

North American natural gas is affordable and becoming more so as producers refine extraction technologies. Through the 80s and 90s, the commodity averaged about $4.40 per dekatherm (Dth) when adjusted for inflation. In 2015, the average price was $2.62/Dth. Northwest consumers alone have saved hundreds of millions of dollars in energy costs over just the last few years.

North American Natural gas is also a cleaner energy resource. Whether as a flexible generation fuel that makes renewable resources viable and displaces coal; as a transportation fuel to replace diesel, gasoline and bunker fuel, or used directly to warm homes, cook and heat water, the increased use of natural gas is reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The EIA reports emissions are at the lowest rate since 1993. Using natural gas responsibly and directly will drive GHG emissions even lower.

The Council poses a number of good questions in its blog. We maintain that natural gas is an abundant, affordable, cleaner and more efficient energy resource. It is already helping to address many of the energy, economic and environmental issues confronting North America. Natural gas is an immediate and enduring solution to today’s concerns, using today’s technologies.

The World’s Fastest Ferry? Fueled by natgas!

Check out the video below to see the world’s fastest ferry in action. Fueled by liquefied natural gas (LNG) this catamaran will soon be making 67 mph runs between Buenos Aires, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay.

As someone that geeks out over big fast machines, reading that this ferry runs on two modified 747 engines definitely has me wondering how to finagle an NWGA fact finding mission to South America.

 

For more information check out the Fuelfix blog post on the ferry by clicking here.

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.

 

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