Q3 - Will you commit to phasing out natural gas infrastructure and prioritize conservation and efficiency over new, renewed or expanded gas infrastructure?

Catherine Kitts

Yes. I think that this is a challenging question for my ward given that I represent both suburban and rural residents. In the rural areas, there is already a lack of infrastructure entirely and many are concerned about the impacts that wind energy will have on their farms. However, I do agree that in order to achieve Ottawa’s targets we will need to make concerted efforts and collaborate across all levels of government. This is why I did support the calls and the letter submitted this winter to the Ministry of Energy to set a standard for five per cent renewable natural gas by 2024 and explore a 10 per cent standard by 2028. Furthermore, in that January 2022 letter in order for the city to meet its phasing out goals, the City advocated for the exploration of adding of new renewable energy resources and re-powering existing renewable energy projects. Using the example of Quebec’s approach to renewable natural gas, the city of Ottawa is looking to generate renewable natural gas from its wastewater and solid waste facilities that could be of benefit to meeting a renewable natural gas standard in Ontario.  

Yvette Ashiri

Yes. Absolutely- I would love to work with Ecology Ottawa to support shift in our city to renewable energy. I do not believe natural gas infrastructure is sustainable nor in our future. We need to be looking at what we want Ottawa to look like in 5 years from now. We create the city we want to see and clean, renewable efficient energy is in that city. 

Shamsa Sheikh Ahmed

Did not participate.

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