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  1. Categories: Business, Environment, Sustainability, Uncategorized

    Get grilling this summer with ONGA’s Canada Day Natural Gas Barbecue Giveaway!

    What better way than to spend Canada Day 2014 with a new natural gas barbecue!

    ONGA has one, courtesy of Broil King Canada, to give away to one lucky winner (a retail value of $799.99)!

    To enter, all you need to do is follow us @NaturalGas_ON, tweet one of the natural gas facts below and use the hashtag #CanadaDayBBQContest

    Get tweeting, and you could be grilling with friends and family on your own new natural gas grill this summer!

    For rules and regulations, please visit:  http://onga.ca/rules-regulations/

    5 Natural Gas Fun Facts:

    1. Natural gas is more than 60% cheaper than other fuels to heat your home and water. @NaturalGas_ON #CanadaDayBBQContest


    2. Compared to diesel or gasoline vehicles, natural gas vehicles produce up to 25% fewer emissions. @NaturalGas_ON #CanadaDayBBQContest


    3. By reducing emissions by up to 25%, natural gas vehicles help to reduce smog in our cities. @NaturalGas_ON #CanadaDayBBQContest


    4.  Access to affordable natural gas promotes economic growth in rural & northern Ontario. @NaturalGas_ON #CanadaDayBBQContest


    5. Compared to diesel and gasoline, natural gas vehicles reduce fuel costs by up to 40%.  @NaturalGas_ON #CanadaDayBBQContest


  2. Categories: Business, Environment, Sustainability, Uncategorized

    Affordable Energy Emerges as Key Issue for Ontario Election

    Natural Gas Critical to Province’s Economic Prosperity

    Toronto, Ontario, May 16, 2014 — With Ontarians heading to the polls in a provincial election on June 12, and affordable energy having already emerged as a key issue, the Ontario Natural Gas Alliance is providing a platform for voters to make their voices heard.

    The upcoming provincial election signals Ontarians’ chance to let elected officials know how important energy—and energy savings—are to their collective pocketbooks, says ONGA spokesperson Stefan Baranski. “Ontarians who don’t have access to natural gas need it to lower their residential energy bills. Moreover, our government needs to consider how fuels such as natural gas can lower greenhouse gas emissions while giving operators a distinct competitive advantage,” he says. “Natural gas enabled the province’s coal phase out and it is time we realized the fuel’s full potential to help us build a better Ontario.”

    To assist voters in communicating their concerns, a new online portal will offer an opportunity to connect directly to those vying for their vote. By visiting www.naturalgasnow.ca, voters can address the issue of affordable energy by sending letters directly to candidates in their local ridings.

    According to ONGA, natural gas’ clean and affordable attributes can play a pivotal role in three distinct areas:

    Natural Gas System Expansion
    While the fuel is often taken for granted in urban centres, the majority of rural and northern Ontario families and businesses are without access to natural gas. Due to a lack of infrastructure, less than 20 per cent of rural residents have access to natural gas, and instead must rely on oil, propane or electric heat for homes and businesses—all of which come at a significantly higher cost. “Not having the option for natural gas is a significant economic disadvantage for these communities,” says Baranski. “Government support is critical if we are going to be able to expand the system to include these communities and would result in immediate and significant savings on their energy bills.”

    Baranski adds that savings for businesses are even greater. Some medium sized commercial businesses would be able to save up to $15,000 per year by using natural gas.

    Natural Gas for Transportation
    The transition to natural gas vehicles could substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions, positively impacting Ontario’s environment. According to Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan, the transportation sector accounts for the largest percentage of emissions in Ontario. Natural gas, meanwhile, provides a significant carbon advantage, with a 20-25 per cent lower rate of GHG emissions compared to traditional transportation fuels.

    Furthermore, with natural gas being up to 44 per cent less expensive than gasoline, and 45 per cent less expensive than diesel, the decreased costs would give operators a tremendous competitive advantage. “Integrating natural gas applications into Ontario’s transportation network will result in huge wins for Ontario, both economically and environmentally,” Baranski says.

    Ontario’s Economic Opportunity
    Natural gas-intensive companies in a range of industries including petrochemicals, mining, steel, and fertilizer production are seeking places to expand their existing production or create new operations and jobs. With natural gas prices up to three times more affordable, North America is a key area in their expansion search. An energy platform that includes natural gas gives industry all the more reason to establish and expand in Ontario. For places such as Ontario’s north, home to the Ring of Fire mining area, natural gas-fired electricity generation offers operators a scalable, rapidly deliverable way to meet their energy needs, without the requirement for new transmission capacity.

    “Ontario requires bold action with respect to its energy policy,” says Baranski. “And Ontarians understand just how important this issue is to create competitive advantage. It is time for all Ontarians to fully benefit from clean and affordable natural gas so we can build a better future for our province.”

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    About ONGA
    The Ontario Natural Gas Alliance (ONGA) is a partnership between two of Ontario’s leading natural gas distribution companies, Enbridge Gas Distribution and Union Gas. ONGA was created to help the public understand the vital role natural gas can play in Ontario’s future-forward clean energy mix. ONGA is dedicated to education around the many positive attributes of natural gas, including its affordability, cleanliness and potential to fuel an economic revitalization that will create jobs and expand Ontario’s economy.  For more information, please visit: www.cleanandaffordable.ca.

    For more information, or to schedule an interview, please contact:

    PM Rendon
    DDB Public Relations
    416-972-7784 (direct) / 416-301-2391 (mobile) / paul-mark.rendon@can.ddbpr.com

     

  3. Categories: Business, Sustainability

    Providing power with game-changing technology

    It’s the size of a dishwasher but does a lot more than just clean up. Redox Power Systems, a Maryland-based start-up company, has partnered with researchers at the University of Maryland to commercialize a technology that could potentially change the way we look at distributed energy generation.

    The two are working together to introduce a fuel cell that is about one-tenth the size and costs 90 per cent less than current commercial fuel cells. Redox’s PowerSERG 2-80 connects to your natural gas line and electrochemically converts methane to electricity, giving homes and businesses the ability to generate their own power. The fuel cell has a capacity of 25 kilowatts—enough to power a gas station or small grocery store. Sales are set to begin in 2014.

    In Ontario, this summer’s heavy rain and storms showed us what could potentially happen to our power when Mother Nature puts the pressure on. Redox’s fuel cell is something that can keep individual homes and businesses powered in emergencies that temporarily affect the larger electricity grid. This promising new technology has the potential to provide us all with safe, reliable, affordable, and clean energy via natural gas.

    To read more, please visit here.

    Is distributed energy something that Ontario should consider investing in? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.