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.
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.
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||
|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|
|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|
CNG vehicle incentives
|Applicant||Incentive year||Head Office||
|Smithrite Disposal Ltd||2013||Coquitlam||10||$440,440|
|For Less Disposal Inc.||2013||Kelowna||1||$33,970|
TransLink (South Coast British
Columbia Transportation Authority)
|BFI Canada Inc.||2013||Coquitlam||10||$303,598|
|School District No. 23||2013||Kelowna||2||$58,303|
Waste Management of Canada
|Waste Control Services||2013||Burnaby||6||$192,780|
Halton Recycling Ltd. (DBA Emterra
|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|
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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