Turning on the Natural Gas in Rural & Remote Ontario!
New $200 million Natural Gas Access Loan and $30 million Natural Gas Economic Development Grant
In the summer of 2014, Ontario's Premier Wynne announced a series of mandates for her ministers, including a set of mandates for low cost natural gas. Now with the recent Ontario budget, the announcements are rolling out.
Ontario has now announced a new program that combines a $200 million Natural Gas Access Loan with a $30 million Natural Gas Economic Development Grant. Both initiatives are targeted to rural Ontario natural gas access - for areas of the province that are not currently served with increasingly low cost natural gas, especially rural and remote areas and agri-business.
Ontario says the program is designed to expand the spread of natural gas and natural gas pipelines in rural Ontario, attract new industry, make commercial transportation and agriculture more affordable, help to create jobs, provide more energy choices and lower electricity prices for businesses and consumers of rural ontario natural gas.
Ontario's new program now adds to the Federal government's new "accelerated capital cost allowance" tax support for Liquid Natural Gas or LNG facilities creating remarkably strong incentives for new LNG facilities at various Ontario locations. Already there are two such LNG projects moving forward:
- the Union Gas Hagar LNG facility near Sudbury and
- the Northeast Midstream LNG facility planned for operation in 2016 based in Thorold Ontario in the Niagara Region.
With the Ontario program added to the Federal tax relief program for LNG, expect significant commercial and community interest in rural/remote natural gas and LNG facilities. Indeed, more LNG facilities are likely to emerge in northern Ontario, and elsewhere, to extend natural gas access to more remote underserved areas and First Nations, and deliver natural gas for mining applications, power generation and long-haul trucking businesses. Expect to also see the emergence of LNG “peak shaving” facilities, close to major markets that store LNG in periods of low demand (like summer months) and then regasify it in periods of high demand.
What does all this mean? We expect to see five Ontario natural gas new developments (get further details in our companion post - Five Game-Changing Ontario Natural Gas Innovations on the Horizon):
We discuss these in more detail in a related post: Five Game-Changing Ontario Natural Gas Innovations on the Horizon.
We are On a Mission to Help You "Get Gas"
In January 2015 we began a focused effort to help our clients and others learn more about the reshaping of natural gas infrastructure, supply, applications and innovations in Ontario, and the environmental impacts that need to be managed in Ontario from pipeline expansions and methane emissions which can be a serious source of damaging greenhouse gas. We are on a mission to help people understand or "Get Gas" and make informed choices about how new low cost sources of natural gas, with new environmental implications, may impact their lives. We now share relevant news, project updates and regulatory matters related to innovations in Ontario natural gas use and Ontario green gas via blog posts and through a dedicated LinkedIn Group: Natural Gas Innovation for Ontario. We have been steadily reporting on topics such as:
- innovations in city-wide district energy network systems,
- rural/remote and Aboriginal community access to natural gas infrastructure,
- developments in Compressed Natural Gas and Liquid Natural Gas infrastructure,
- applications for sectors such as agriculture and transportation,
- Ontario innovations in extraction and natural gas storage, and
- synergies with methane biogas and "green gas" innovations happening in Ontario.
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