WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 /CNW/ - Natural gas is the key to a smart energy
future through its efficient, safe and reliable delivery and its use as
an abundant, domestic, affordable, low-carbon energy source for all
segments of the economy, according to a white paper released today by
the Gas Technology Institute and Navigant Consulting.
The paper, Natural Gas in a Smart Energy Future, was sponsored by five major natural gas groups, representing all
segments of the North American industry: The American Gas Foundation,
APGA Research Foundation; Canadian Gas Association, the INGAA
Foundation Inc. and the Natural Gas Supply Association. It states that
we must take action to aggressively pursue smart energy solutions in
order to achieve key goals by 2030.
"A smart energy future is critical to our nation's economic well-being,
environmental health and security," said Jose Lozano, chairman of the
APGA Research Foundation. "No other fuel choice serves all those
interests as well as natural gas. It is abundant, efficient, clean,
safe and affordable. This report defines the 'smart' and 'strategic'
roles of natural gas in a smart energy future and serves to ensure that
natural gas is part of the conversation in policy and infrastructure
planning discussions between industry, regulators and policy makers."
The white paper identifies key tools and steps, as well as a number of
action items for both policymakers and the industry, to move toward a
smart energy future.
"This report underscores the ability of natural gas to make the smart
grid smarter," said R. Skip Horvath, president and CEO of the Natural
Gas Supply Association. "We already know that the use of natural gas in
power generation and in homes, businesses and factories contributes to
cleaner air and greater energy efficiency. This white paper lays out
the ways that natural gas is needed to achieve a smarter energy future,
characterized by the ability of suppliers and consumers to rapidly and
efficiently respond to changing energy needs."
INGAA Foundation President Don Santa added, "Natural gas must be fully
integrated with electricity from multiple sources, including
renewables, to ensure a smart energy future. In achieving this vision,
and implementing seamless communications and data management between
the gas and electric infrastructure, we will make our energy system
more reliable, safer and better able to manage peak demand."
Gregg S. Kantor, chairman of the American Gas Foundation noted, "Better
energy integration and improved technology and infrastructure will lead
to increased safety, reliability and efficiency, and will provide
economic and national security benefits that we cannot afford to delay.
Natural gas is critical to achieving these results, and we are pleased
be a part of helping bring to light the role it has in this smart
The findings in the report have international implications as well.
"Abundantly available, affordable, safe, versatile, and reliable,
natural gas is a clean source of energy for buildings, communities,
industry, power generation, and transportation," said CGA President
Timothy Egan. "Natural gas meets 30 percent of Canada's energy needs
and this report illustrates that natural gas is smart energy, a
strategic asset and the foundation of Canada's smart energy future.
Click here for the executive summary and the full white paper.
SOURCE Canadian Gas Association
For further information:
The American Gas Foundation, Chris Hogan, 202-824-7027
APGA Research Foundation, Bob Beauregard 202-464-2742
Canadian Gas Association, Paula Dunlop 613-748-0057 ext. 341
The INGAA Foundation, Cathy Landry, 202-216-5913
Natural Gas Supply Association, Daphne Magnuson, 202-326-9314