ON: CPA to participate in electrification and energy transition panel
This fall, the CPA will be participating in a new panel that will examine electricity and energy transition in Ontario. The panel was created by the Ford government to deal with various issues related to long-term energy planning in the province. It is headed up by David Collie, former president of the Ontario Electrical Safety Authority.
The CPA was invited to contribute to the panel after making the case about the important role propane plays in rural and remote communities, which face unique challenges. SVP Government Relations Allan Murphy explained to Collie that propane is particularly suited to the rural and remote areas that are not on the natural grid, given its unique distribution infrastructure. And from a GHG perspective, propane, like natural gas, is much cleaner than gasoline, diesel and heating oil. He also noted there has been minimal discussion on how we transition to a low-carbon economy, especially as it pertains to rural and remote communities.
Collie agreed with the CPA, responding, “We will be entering into our public consultation phase later this fall and would welcome participation and perspectives from the CPA.”
After consultations are complete, a report is expected back to the province within several months.