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The proposed amendments by some Members of the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry would remove the heating and cooling of barns and greenhouses from Bill C-234, An Act to amend the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act.
Help keep the bill intact and join us in calling on the Senate to reject the amendments.
The federal government announced it is exempting home heating oil from the carbon tax for three years.
Federal assistance must be fair to all rural Canadians, and not leave rural propane users out in the cold. On behalf of your customers in rural areas that use propane, we all need to stand up for them.
View the Auto Propane section of the CPA website for great information and case studies on fleets and propane school buses. Don’t forget to follow the CPA on social media and repost us!
2024 CPA Leadership Summit – May 14-16
CPA 2024 Atlantic Seminar & Golf Tournament – June 4-5
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We have built a map of Canada identifying which provinces are offering subsidy programs.
Save the date! Canada’s second annual National Propane Day is Wednesday, March 20. Taking place on the third Wednesday of every March, NPD is an opportunity to celebrate Canada’s propane industry and promote awareness about all the amazing benefits of propane.
On October 18, CPA President Shannon Watt and CPA’s Atlantic Committee Chair Royden Boudreau appeared before the Senate Transportation and Communications Committee.
Watt and Boudreau provided comment on the impact of the propane supply chains as it pertains to the Isthmus of Chignecto should that vital transportation corridor connecting New Brunswick and Nova Scotia be damaged by weather events and climate change.
New Brunswick Senator Jim Quin presently has a bill before the Senate that designates the isthmus as federal responsibility and would require the federal government to finance the building of any infrastructure that would be required to ensure that access through the corridor is maintained. Nova Scotia and by extension, Newfoundland and Labrador, rely on the corridor for the transportation of goods from the rest of Canada.
For the CPA, supplying affordable, reliable, and clean energy will continue to be the goal of Canada’s propane industry, whether that’s in Atlantic Canada, across the country or to countries around the globe. The CPA is also looking at ways to further decarbonize propane so that the industry can provide clean energy now and in the future.
Regarding the issue of supply chains and the Isthmus of Chignecto, Watt noted, “The corridor between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, along the Isthmus of Chignecto is of fundamental importance to our industry. Any disruption caused to the corridor along the Isthmus of Chignecto, whether by climate change or anything else, would have an extremely negative impact on the propane supply chain, including thousands of propane customers in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.”
Boudreau noted that, “The reason transportation is becoming more critical for the propane industry is that propane production has been halted in Nova Scotia because the Sable Offshore Energy Project was shut down in January 2019. Prior to that, propane was being produced and used throughout the Maritimes. The Come By Chance refinery shut down halted production of propane in the province of Newfoundland. We’ve really become exclusively dependent on trucking and rail to supply customers across the region.”
The Canadian Propane Association is filing a submission to the federal government regarding the Clean Electricity Regulations (CER) released on August 10. The government maintains that the draft regulations are a significant step towards delivering on its commitment to a net-zero electricity grid by 2035 and meeting its goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.
In its submission, the CPA will articulate the propane advantage as part of a measured decarbonization strategy as well as the propane industry’s concerns regarding the regulations.
The CPA submission focuses on:
The CPA continues to identify key challenges for the propane sector as it relates to rail and the transportation of propane, particularly during the winter months. The CPA meets regularly with Class 1 carriers to identify issues and potential solutions to alleviate concerns about the effectiveness of the rail system as part of their 2023-2024 winter plans. The CPA is also collaborating with other commodities and Transport Canada with the goal of creating a resilient rail system, through the CPA Rail Task Group. If you are interested in joining the task group, please contact VP Government Relations, West, Katie Kachur at email@example.com.
The BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation has released a protocol for determining the carbon intensity and volume of the renewable/low carbon portion of co-processed fuel. Co-processing is when low-carbon and/or renewable feedstocks are used in combination with petroleum feedstocks during the refining process to produce blended fossil and low–carbon fuel products. The ministry is accepting feedback on the protocol. Please see the Protocols section of the LCFS website for further information. For any questions, please contact the Low Carbon Fuels Branch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to Statistics Canada, summer drought and extreme temperatures reduced electricity production in British Columbia. last July to its lowest point of any July in at least 15 years. To offset the decline in production, B.C. imported 2.1 million MWh of electricity from other provinces and the U.S. last July, nearly double the previous 15-year record set in 2019. (One megawatt-hour of electricity would power roughly two fridges per year.) The CPA has been encouraging the Government of BC to assess how to better integrate a diverse mix of energy sources into the grid, including propane. The CPA and BC Committee will continue to focus on this conversation as part of the advocacy approach.
The Alberta government has announced a new funding opportunity for scale-up, pilot and first-of-kind emissions-reduction projects. The Emerging Innovators Challenge is open to small enterprises (organizations with fewer than 50 employees), medium enterprises (organizations with fewer than 500 employees) and Indigenous communities and organizations of any size. Up to $5 million is available per project, with a minimum request of $250,000. Applications can originate from anywhere around the world but must be piloted, demonstrated or deployed in Alberta. The application deadline is Dec. 14. For more information and how to apply please visit: EMERGING INNOVATORS CHALLENGE – Emissions Reduction Alberta (eralberta.ca).
On September 28, the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) hosted a news conference to explain its perspective on the federal government’s draft Clean Electricity Regulations (CER), including Alberta’s unique challenges related to decarbonization and reliability and affordability considerations. The AESO manages and operates the provincial power grid as a not-for-profit organization with no financial investment in the industry.
They focused on several key messages:
For more information on the briefing please visit AESO Media Briefing on Proposed Federal Clean Electricity Regulations (Media Materials) » AESO.
The CPA will be providing feedback to the federal government on the Clean Electricity Regulations. For further information, please contact Allan Murphy (email@example.com).
This past month, the CPA continued its advocacy work in the Province of Ontario to educate Members of Provincial Parliament about the propane industry and advocate for an off-oil program for rural Ontario. Work includes meetings with political staff from Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs office as well as MPPs from Essex, Oxford and Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound.
Also, in September the Ontario Committee met in Belleville to hear updates from the CPA on provincial, federal and regulatory issues.
You will receive an email for your CPA yearly renewal notice shortly. We hope that you will renew and continue demonstrating your support for the propane industry. Please contact Membership at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Great discussions at Queen’s Park! CPA’s Chris Crawford and Dave Karn of Dowler-Karn had an informative meeting with MPP Rick Byers about the propane advantage.
Chris Crawford and Dave Karn of Dowler-Karn had a great meeting at Queen’s Park with MPP Earnie Hardeman to discuss the important role of propane in providing energy choice for rural Ontario.
CPA’s Katie Kachur is with Councillor Richard Mifflin of Big Lakes County at the Economic Developers Alberta Ministers’ Dinner in Edmonton. Great to hear important views from stakeholders across Alberta and from government officials.
Katie Kachur presented on how an equitable transition must ensure access to reliable, affordable and clean energy for all communities, not just urban centers at the Canadian Institute’s Alberta Power Symposium.
CPA’s Shannon Watt had a thought-provoking conversation on the transformation of the energy industry at the Forward Summit East alongside industry experts Jeremy Thompson of Iconic Power Systems Inc., Scott W. Gray of BWXT Canada Ltd. and moderator Meaghan Snow with Ontario Power Generation.
Chris Crawford and Dave Karn of Dowler-Karn/McDougall Energy met with MPP Anthony Leardi to discuss the propane advantage at Queen’s Park.
CPA’s Allan Murphy and Chris Crawford met with Bradley Harker, Principal Commercial Officer for US Consulate Toronto to discuss the importance of Line 5 to Canada’s propane industry.
Katie Kachur with Councillor Richard Mifflin at the Economic Development Alberta Ministers Dinner in Edmonton.
Theresa Fleming, transportation director from the Philadelphia Public School in the U.S., is transitioning her school away from dirty diesel buses. So far, she purchased 21 electric models two years ago and is ready to replace more buses. Interestingly, she’s not buying more electric ones, but propane buses instead.
Theresa decided to order 38 propane buses after learning that they offer many of the same environmental benefits of electric — but at a fraction of the cost.
Discovering the capabilities and limitations of the EV buses they purchased, coupled with what she learned about propane, convinced Theresa to diversify her plan to upgrade the fleet. The CPA is investigating similar stories to this one.
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va has joined 28 other senators in introducing the Choice in Automobile Retail Sales (CARS) Act to counter what Manchin described as the administration’s “radical environmental agenda and executive overreach” that seeks to limit consumer vehicle choices. He argues that the administration’s continued push to mandate electric vehicles will hurt everyday Americans and cost auto workers their jobs while simultaneously helping China, which currently dominates the EV supply chain.
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Canadian Propane Inventory & Storage levels
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Weekly rail performance indicators – Propane products
When: May 14-16, 2024
Where: Ottawa Marriott Hotel
100 Kent Street
Ottawa, ON K1P 5R7
When: June 4-5, 2024
Where: Rodd Brudenell River Resort
86 Dewars LN, Cardigan, PE
CPA’s President and CEO, Shannon Watt is participating in the session ‘Just Energy Transition’ on November 16th where she will discuss the role LPG has to play in ensuring that today’s energy transition is balanced and beneficial to people in both developed and developing countries and how can LPG play an even greater role in a people-focused, just energy transition.
Where: Rome, Italy
Where: Soco Ballroom, Delta Toronto Hotel, Toronto, ON.
Katie Kachur, VP, Government Relations, West, will be participating in the roundtable discussion, “Developing solutions for a new age of transitions to clean energy that have profound effects on the Planet” on November 21, 2023, 11:00 am – 12:15 pm.
Where: BMO Centre at Stampede Park, Calgary, AB
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