OFA provides comments regarding the Natural Gas Expansion Program (Phase Two) as farmers need access to natural gas and compressed natural gas to provide, food, fibre and renewable fuel. OFA believes natural gas expansion should be a top priority for infrastructure investment. Therefore, OFA supports a multi-year expansion plan for rural energy infrastructure, including investments in funding to support expansion projects that yield direct and indirect economic benefits. Attaining carbon sequestration targets means transitioning from fossil to renewable fuels, and during this transition, to make renewable fuel crop production viable, requires compressed and natural gas, as lower-carbon-intense alternatives to propane and diesel fuel. OFA believes hydrogen and Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) injection strategies will ensure new and existing natural gas assets are not stranded. OFA recommends the Ministry of Energy join OFA, OMAFRA, Enbridge and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), by supporting agricultural community farm cluster model research currently underway, led by the Canadian Biogas Association. OFA also recommends the government consider additional criteria to inform the selection for applications for funding consideration.
Submissions & Correspondence
OFA submission regarding Phase Two of the Natural Gas Expansion Program
Updated: March 29, 2021