FortisBC continues to help put cleaner, natural gas vehicles on B.C.'s roads

$9.5 million in latest announced incentive funding brings total to date to more than $17.5 million awarded

SURREY, BC, March 27, 2014 /CNW/ - Eighteen fleet operators have been awarded an incentive that will result in more than 200 new cleaner, more cost-effective vehicles on B.C.'s roads. The new vehicles will use either liquefied natural gas (LNG) or compressed natural gas (CNG).

"The number of fleet operators applying for this incentive shows that natural gas is becoming the fuel of choice for heavy-duty and return-to-base fleet vehicle operators," said John Walker, president and CEO of FortisBC. "Our incentives help companies switch to natural gas, which is a cost-effective and abundant fuel source in British Columbia that also helps reduce emissions."

Following the creation of the Government of B.C.'s Greenhouse Gas Reduction regulation in 2012, FortisBC announced a $104.5 million program to offset up to 75 per cent of the cost for a natural gas engine over a diesel engine. Program funding is also available for training, upgrades to facilities to safely maintain natural gas vehicles and for building CNG or LNG fuelling stations.

To meet increased market demand for LNG, FortisBC is currently undertaking a $400-million expansion of its Tilbury LNG plant in Delta, B.C., which will add approximately one million gigajoules of LNG storage as well as 30,000 to 60,000 gigajoules of liquefaction capacity per day to supply natural gas for the transportation sector and increase LNG supply, creating opportunities for industrial users and remote communities.

The additional volumes of natural gas for transportation moving through FortisBC's pipeline system benefit all natural gas customers. 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 stable for all customers.

Natural gas is an economical and environmentally friendly fuel choice for transportation. Ideal for return-to-base fleets like waste haulers, courier trucks, buses, tractor trailers and marine vessels. Its benefits include:

  • Natural gas fuel costs have historically been 25 to 50 per cent less than diesel.
  • Greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by 20 to 30 per cent.
  • According to operators, natural gas engines run quieter compared to diesel trucks.

Heavy-duty fleet operators in British Columbia can learn more about additional rounds of funding by emailing ngt@fortisbc.com to receive updates or by visiting fortisbc.com/ngt.

​​FortisBC is a regulated utility focused on providing safe and reliable energy, including natural gas, electricity and propane. FortisBC employs more than 2,200 British Columbians and serves approximately 1.1 million customers in 135 B.C. communities. FortisBC is indirectly wholly owned by Fortis Inc., the largest investor-owned distribution utility in Canada. FortisBC owns and operates four regulated hydroelectric generating plants, approximately 7,150 kilometres of transmission and distribution power lines, and approximately 46,000 kilometres of natural gas transmission and distribution pipelines. FortisBC Inc., FortisBC Energy Inc., FortisBC Energy (Vancouver Island) Inc., and FortisBC Energy (Whistler) Inc. do business as FortisBC. Fortis Inc. shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and trade under the symbol FTS. Additional information can be accessed at www.fortisinc.com or www.sedar.com.

 

Media Backgrounder

Almost $5 million has been granted for customers in the 2012 and 2013 rounds of funding for LNG vehicles. More than $4 million has been granted for the 2013 round of funding for CNG vehicles.

LNG vehicle incentives

Applicant Incentive year Head Office Number
of
vehicles
Incentive
agreement
Sutco Contracting Ltd. 2012 Salmo 6 $438,750
Ledcor LNG Group Ltd. 2012 Vancouver 15 $1,008,551
Denwill Enterprises Inc. 2012 Burnaby 10 $653,452
Arrow Transport 2012 Kamloops 24 $1,674,000
Wheeler Transport Ltd. 2013 Coquitlam 10 $657,825
Denwill Enterprises Inc. 2013 Burnaby 7 $455,000
Trimac Transportation Systems LP. 2013 Calgary 1 $64,806
Total     73 $ 4,952,384

CNG vehicle incentives

Applicant Incentive year Head Office Number
of
vehicles
Incentive
agreement
UBC 2013 Vancouver 1 $44,777
Smithrite Disposal Ltd 2013 Coquitlam  10 $440,440
For Less Disposal Inc. 2013 Kelowna 1 $33,970
TransLink (South Coast British
Columbia Transportation Authority)
2013 New
Westminster
45 $1,575,000
BFI Canada Inc. 2013 Coquitlam  10 $303,598
School District No. 23 2013 Kelowna 2 $58,303
Waste Management of Canada
Corporation
2013 Coquitlam 8 $179,200
Waste Control Services 2013 Burnaby 6 $192,780
Halton Recycling Ltd. (DBA Emterra
Environmental)
2013 Surrey  14 $410,311
Euro Asia Transload Inc. 2013 Richmond 4 $139,594
BC Transit in Kamloops 2013 Victoria 25 $875,000
Cold Star Freight Systems Inc. 2013 Victoria 5 $214,428
Evergreen Industries Ltd. 2013 Victoria 3 $131, 983
Total     134 $4,599,382

About liquefied natural gas

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is natural gas that has been cooled to a low temperature of -162°C to become a liquid. From our LNG storage facility, LNG is delivered by tanker truck to the LNG dispensing station on the customer's property or at a commercial fuelling station along a regional corridor.

About compressed natural gas

Compressed natural gas (CNG) is natural gas that has been compressed and stored on board the vehicle in a high-pressure vessel at about 3,600 pounds per square inch. Natural gas delivered by our underground distribution pipelines to the customer's property or to a commercial fuelling station where it is then compressed.

 

 

 

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