It sounds like the speculation about a ban on natural gas for home heating oil was nothing more than hot air.
The Canadian Press is reporting the Wynne government’s action plan on climate change will not call for a ban or phasing-out of natural gas or any other fossil fuels for home heating as reported earlier.
Natural gas is used to heat more than three-quarters of the homes in Ontario, and critics had warned that phasing it out would drive up energy costs for everyone.
Provincial experts believe a steady rise in the price of natural gas as governments put a price on carbon will eventually prompt homeowners and builders to look for cheaper, cleaner alternatives, so they see no need to ban fossil fuels for home heating.
However, the action plan, which will be released Wednesday, will call for the province to spend up to $100 million to help natural gas suppliers create more fueling stations to encourage more trucks to use the fuel instead of diesel or gasoline.
Sources say there is some interest in the trucking industry for a switch to natural gas, but truckers want to see a province-wide network of fueling stations.
(with files from the Canadian Press)