Gas break in works
“We have been pushing for the need for more widespread, affordable natural gas energy across rural Ontario, so this is encouraging news for the agricultural community,” says Keith Currie, President of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA).
He was responding to Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s announcement of proposed new legislation, The Access to Natural Gas Act, that would encourage partnerships between private gas distributors and communities to develop projects that expand access to natural gas. If the new legislation is passed, the Ontario government says it will work with the Ontario Energy Board to develop regulations to enable the program this fall.
“Energy is one of the largest inputs on farms, and we need access to natural gas to help boost the competitiveness of rural Ontario communities, businesses and farms,” says Mr. Currie. “And natural gas is the single most important investment that will deliver a competitive edge to continue to drive growth in rural Ontario.”