News release: Subsidizing natural gas not a long-term solution for clean energy needs
The Canadian Propane Association issued the following news release on April 13: Subsidizing natural gas not a long-term solution for clean energy needs.
In the news release, the CPA wrote that it believes it is a mistake for the government of Ontario to continue to directly or indirectly subsidize natural gas companies’ plans to expand into communities not currently connected to the natural gas system as consultations for Phase 2 of the natural gas expansion program by the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines were closing on April 8.
“As the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines is considering 210 new projects in Phase 2, representing approximately $2.6 billion in investment with taxpayers’ money, we think it is a mistake for the government to believe that allowing for the subsidizing of natural gas companies is the best and only way to make cleaner and more affordable energy accessible to Indigenous, rural and remote communities in Ontario,” said Nathalie St-Pierre, President of the Canadian Propane Association. “In fact, propane – a clean energy – is already well established in these communities. Using low-emission propane is very affordable and the infrastructure already in place, which means it does not require new and expensive infrastructure, unlike natural gas, the costs of which are passed along to taxpayers,” she added.