Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Photo: Bill Metcalfe

LETTER: FortisBC responds to a reader

From reader Blair Weston

Re: LETTER: Why do Fortis BC and the NDP government deceive us? Feb. 25

On behalf of FortisBC, I wanted to respond the letter from Daniel Cunningham to share how we are working to reduce our customers’ greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by 30 per cent by 2030 (our 30BY30 Target) and speak about the role the natural gas system will play.

The information that is excluded from Mr. Cunningham’s letter is our commitment to increasing the amount of renewable and carbon-neutral gas delivered through our infrastructure. FortisBC has been providing Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) to our customers for almost a decade and, under our 30BY30 Target, we’re working to have 15 per cent of our gas supply to be renewable and carbon neutral by 2030. By capturing methane from decomposing organic material and purifying it for use in our system, natural gas infrastructure becomes a delivery system for renewable energy, similar to how the electric system can transport clean hydroelectricity.

In fact, we envision a future where the majority of the energy we deliver is renewable.

Natural gas can also be used to displace heavier-carbon transportation fuels, such as diesel. Over 900 vehicles on B.C. roads have switched to natural gas and have seen up to a 30 per cent reduction in GHG emissions. Marine vessels making the switch to liquefied natural gas also realize significant GHG reduction. We share Mr. Cunningham’s passion for a lower-carbon future and invite your readers to check our latest developments at fortisbc.com/30by30.

Blair Weston

Community and Indigenous Relations Manager

FortisBC

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