Ontario's new Green Energy Act says natural gas has important role in Ontario's sustainable energy future



    TORONTO, Feb. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Gas Association commended
the Ontario government for tabling the Green Energy Act and recognizing the
important role that natural gas and natural gas distribution utilities have in
the province's sustainable energy future particularly in the areas of
expanding renewable energy, supporting new technology, and energy efficiency.
    The Green Energy Act provides a range of initiatives to support the
further development of renewable energy including wind, solar, biomass and
biogas. This includes streamlining regulatory approvals, developing resource
kits for municipalities when reviewing renewable projects, and other
incentives.
    "Building on the strong foundation of the natural gas distribution
industry, the province will become a leader in renewable and sustainable
energy systems," said Mike Cleland, CGA President and CEO, "The affordable,
secure, efficient, and clean characteristics of natural gas make it the
perfect backstop to an expanding renewable energy future in Ontario."
    The Act also includes a number of conservation and energy efficiency
initiatives and programs. These include creating a conservation information
centre within the Ministry of Energy, supporting conservation programs for
government buildings, and new incentives for using new green energy technology
like home solar, thermal and heat exchangers, and pursuing efforts to help
those with low-income.
    "CGA, Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. and Union Gas Limited have suggested
that Ontario pursue a three-part strategy to help meet the province's energy
needs and support environmental objectives," said Cleland. "A smart gas
strategy in Ontario includes these elements included in the Act and will
result in more efficient use of energy, investment in new renewable
technologies, and more integrated community energy systems."

    The Canadian Gas Association is the voice of Canada's natural gas
delivery industry. CGA members are gas distribution companies, transmission
companies, related equipment manufacturers, and other service providers
involved in the delivery of natural gas in Canada.




For further information:

For further information: Paula Dunlop, Director, Communications,
Canadian Gas Association, (613) 748-0057 x341, (613) 614-3281


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