Natural gas planning and stakeholder engagement

Stakeholder engagement is vital to the Long Term Gas Resource Plan (LTGRP) process. Our stakeholders provide valuable input into the LTGRP and our role in meeting BC’s future energy needs.

A flow chart showing the process of natural gas project planning with stakeholder engagement (18-150.16)
Long-term Gas Resource Planning (LTGRP) and engagement process

For the 2022 LTGRP, we plan to build on improvements to the scope and quality of stakeholder engagement activities from the 2014 and 2017 LTGRPs. We intend to carry out a number of activities from fall 2019 to spring 2022, offering stakeholders the opportunity to participate in discussions to inform the LTGRP. These activities include meetings with a dedicated Resource Planning Advisory Group (RPAG) in community engagement workshops in the communities we serve, and/or the ability to provide input to the planning process through an online panel.

Community engagement

We plan to conduct multiple rounds of community engagement throughout the province for the 2022 LTGRP. The first round will be held in the interior in October 2019. Additional workshops will be held through 2019 and into 2021.

For the 2022 LTGRP, we have conducted three workshops so far and are planning additional workshops in 2020/2021. Here is what was presented and discussed so far:

Date/LocationPresentation filesWorkshop notes
October 8, 2019
Kelowna
Natural gas and electric long term resource planningWorkshop notes
October 9, 2019
Osoyoos
Natural gas and electric long term resource planningWorkshop notes
October 10, 2019
Rossland
Natural gas and electric long term resource planningWorkshop notes

For the 2017 LTGRP, we conducted eight workshops across BC between October 2016 and May 2017. Here is what was presented and discussed in those workshops:


Date/LocationPresentation filesFollow-up Q&A
October 19, 2016
Penticton
Natural gas and electric long term resource planningFollow-up Q&A's
October 20, 2016
Rossland
Natural gas and electric long term resource planningFollow-up Q&A's
April 28, 2017
Abbotsford
Natural gas long term resource planningWorkshop notes
May 2, 2017
New Westminster
Natural gas long term resource planningWorkshop notes
May 10, 2017
Kamloops
Natural gas long term resource planningWorkshop notes
May 11, 2017
Prince George
Natural gas long term resource planningWorkshop notes
May 16, 2017
Colwood
Natural gas long term resource planningWorkshop notes
May 17, 2017
Courtenay
Natural gas long term resource planningWorkshop notes

Resource Planning Advisory Group

The Resource Planning Advisory Group is a technical working group that engages members from municipalities, government, Indigenous communities, customer associations, environmental organizations, and others in developing the LTGRP. This group of energy industry experts, relevant government and Indigenous participants and other key stakeholders regularly provides input on important energy issues during long term resource planning.

Terms of Reference

The current Terms of Reference for the natural gas advisory group governs the composition of and interactions between the advisory membership (including FortisBC). These Terms are periodically updated to enhance the group’s interactions and to reflect updates in the planning environment.

Questions or comments about the Resource Planning Advisory Group? Email us at irp@fortisbc.com

Advisory Group workshop records

We plan to start engaging the advisory group for the 2022 LTGRP in the first half of 2020. Please see below for workshop contents from the advisory group meetings for the 2017 LTGRP.

 Date/locationPresentation files  Meeting summary
November 30, 2016
Vancouver
RPAG workshop presentationRPAG updated meeting notes
April 11, 2017 
Vancouver

RPAG workshop presentation

Annual demand worked example handout

Scenario summary handout

RPAG meeting notes
August 9, 2017 
Vancouver
RPAG workshop presentationRPAG meeting notes