New federal ecoENERGY announcement a positive step

OTTAWA, Sept. 7, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Gas Association (CGA) today applauded the Federal government's announcement of support for new ecoENERGY Efficiency initiatives.

The ecoENERGY Efficiency program is investing $78 million between 2011 and 2013 to maintain the Government of Canada's momentum to improve energy efficiency in Canada.  These efforts will make energy performance more visible and will also improve energy efficiency in buildings, industries, vehicles and consumer appliances.

"Today's announcement recognizes that energy efficiency starts at homes and businesses across the country," said Timothy Egan, President of CGA. "Natural gas utilities strongly support energy efficiency initiatives, and with today's low prices we believe natural gas is a smart environmental and economic choice."

Natural gas currently accounts for approximately 30 per cent of Canada's primary energy consumption and is used in household appliances such as home furnaces, natural gas stoves, hot water heaters, gas fireplaces and laundry dryers.

Natural gas is also used for power generation in Canada, and is an emerging alternative to diesel to fuel heavy duty transport and commercial vehicles.

About CGA
The Canadian Gas Association represents the companies involved in the delivery of natural gas to Canadian customers.  An essential part of our daily lives, natural gas heats our homes and businesses, generates electricity, fuels vehicles and powers appliances and devices.  Natural gas is growing in popularity because it is versatile, reliable, affordable, clean and safe.  Today, Canada's natural gas industry delivers smart energy solutions to more than six million homes, businesses and institutions.  This represents 30% of Canada's energy needs today.

SOURCE Canadian Gas Association

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For more information please visit or contact:
Paula Dunlop, Director, Communications
Canadian Gas Association
613-748-0057 ext. 341 or 613-614-3280


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